An exciting event celebrating comics in all their forms.

Animex celebrates its love of comics with a day of talks and signings by writers and artists from the likes of Marvel and Image with some industry legends thrown in for good measure. There are only 280 tickets available and we expect this event to sell out very quickly!

Animex Comics, Indie and Workshops run concurrently, therefore you will only be able to attend one of these events


OL7 Europa Building, Teesside University

Wednesday 11 February
Time Talk/Event
8:30am Registration
10:00am Welcome
Satish Shewhorak Senior Lecturer, Teesside University
Jim Zubkavich Freelance Writer/Animation Instructor
10:05am Comics: storytelling in the 21st century
Jim Zubkavich Freelance Writer/Animation Instructor
Professional comic writer Jim examines the unique properties inherent in sequential art and discusses the popularity explosion in comics as both a storytelling medium and source of recent movie and television domination. Why is everyone crazy about comics?
11:00am Creating Manga Shakespeare for Mature female Readers
Ryuta Minami Professor of English, Shirayuri College, Japan
Harumo Sanazaki Manga Artist
Yukari Yoshihara Associate Professor, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Harumo Sanazaki talks about her Manga re-creations of Shakespeare’s plays which are targeted specifically at mature female readers. What is remarkable about her Shakespearean Manga is the ways she shifts perspectives, focusing upon mature female characters such as Lady Capulet and Lady Macbeth. Sanazaki discusses why and how she manganises Shakespeare’s plays as a sex-positive feminist Manga artist. Yukari and Ryuta join Sanazaki to expound the popularity of manga Shakespeare in Japan
12:00pm Lunch
1:30pm Welcome to the future: 2000 AD, a retrospective
Michael Molcher Publicity Manager , 2000 AD
As it approaches its 40th anniversary, the impact of 2000 AD on comic books has never been more obvious. The current giants of the industry were first discovered amongst its pages, its cultural influence continues to reach far beyond comics, and the legendary Eisner-nominated weekly anthology has been reinvigorated under its new owners, games developer Rebellion. Join us for a look at the characters, the creators, and the history behind the galaxy’s greatest comic.
2:15pm The Art Droid’s Progress - Or How I Got To Work For My Favourite Comic In Only 1,895 Difficult Steps
Matt Brooker aka D'Israeli Artist, 2000AD + Freelance
Matt Brooker, aka D’Israeli, discusses his long and impressive career a comic artist with a particular focus on his work for 2000AD over the last three decades.
3:00pm Break
3:30pm Tula Lotay in conversation with Jim Zub
Tula Lotay Artist
Acclaimed up and coming artist Tula Lotay sits down with writer Jim Zub to discuss the comics business and her work on projects such as Vertigo’s Bodies and Supreme Blue Rose for Image Comics with writer Warren Ellis.
4:00pm Panel session
Matt Brooker aka D'Israeli Artist, 2000AD + Freelance
Tula Lotay Artist
Michael Molcher Publicity Manager , 2000 AD
Harumo Sanazaki Manga Artist
A chance to ask all of the speakers your burning questions about comic art and story development as well as the business in general.
4:30pm Close and signings
Some comics will be available for purchase courtesy of Travelling Man Comics.
5:00pm Fringe event
Game Bridge networking in the Students’ Union Hub.

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