Find out about our program of events at MancsterCon 2015!
Pauline Sometime speaks on how gender transitions have been depicted in comics and graphic novels: I will be looking at how (mainly Marvel and DC) comics have moved from just hinting at gender change in the earliest days of superhero comics (1930’s) by use of disguise, magic or scientific body swapping, through to some more … Continue reading 2:30pm A Brief History of the Transgender in Super Hero Comics
Sonia Soans will be giving a talk exploring the importance of representation in pop culture: …this is a relevant issue challenged by feminist, postcolonial and queer disability rightstheorists. At the heart of the argument lies the belief of fair treatment in fiction that has an influence on how individuals who occupy minority status in our society … Continue reading 3:00pm Why representation matters in popular media
Featuring: Tom Ward, Chris Welsh, Andrew Tunney, Rozi Hathaway, Debbie Jenkinson. We’re all here because we love indie comics, but how do you actually become an indie comics artist? Where do you start from? What’s the mark of success (or failure for that matter)? What exactly is a non-repro blue pencil? These talented, award winning … Continue reading 11:30am So you want to get into Comics?
What was it like putting on an interactive exhibition based on the power of Gameboy? What’s it like being an 18 year old independent photographer running an arts studio and taking an exhibition around Manchester? Brogan Fox, who put on the really cool 8-Bit Exhibit last weekend, shares her experiences as a young curator and … Continue reading 10:30am Lightning Talk: Tales of the 8-Bit Exhibit
A competitive life-drawing session with a twist: the life-models are cosplayers! Join the Cosplay Sketch-off where you get to sketch and make art based on our cosplayer volunteers. How does it work? Artists are given decreasing intervals of time to sketch the Cosplayer model and then another 2 minutes to finish their work before the … Continue reading 11am and 1pm: Cosplay Sketch-off
Join Pipa Wolf for a workshop where you’ll learn tips and tricks to make a basic armour piece.
The creator of Blood Blokes and founder of the British Comics Awards, speaks about his work and experience in the world of comics. Venue: Digital Lab
Featuring: Ninfa Hayes, Alicia Wright, R A Smith, David Lascelles, Tony Ballantyne, Miriam Khan Although often seen as genre centred around the uncontrollable and irrational, Fantasy is often filled with orthodoxies of its own kind, rules which must be rigidly adhered to or else contravened at the peril of character and author alike. In this panel, we … Continue reading 1:30pm Irony in Fantasy
Lydia Wysocki, creator of the newcastle Science Comic, discusses her work in leading cross-collaborative and intersectional projects. Venue: Digital Performance Lab
Dr David Huxley from the Manchester School of Art will be giving a talk on the impact of fan culture on the evolution of the British Comics Scene. Venue: Digital Performance Lab
Rounding up our day of comics and panels, the Cosplay Catwalk will commence at 4:30pm! Sign up at the door to enter and keep an eye out for our volunteers with the clipboards. All cosplayers are welcome, from ‘seasoned costumier’ to ‘newbie-first-time-in-cosplay’, ‘handmade and homespun’ to ‘with a little help from eBay’. We just want to … Continue reading 4:30pm Cosplay Catwalk