As previously mentioned right here, in April I was very lucky to be chosen to be one of 8 UK artists to exhibit at the annual comics and art festival over in Bastia in Corsica. The festival is organised by Una Volta, the Cultural Centre for Bastia and curated by Dominique Mattei with the assistance of Sylvain Coissard, among others. And it is flipping excellent. All the people I met there were also flipping lovely, the organisers / volunteers / artists, all wonderful people.
We were also put up in pretty darn nice hotel. (The blue bit was my room.)
Which had it’s very own egg station and …
The UK exhibition was held in the museum, which used to be a Fort. A FORT!
My work was exhibited alongside the work of the legend that is Glen Baxter. Who is as funny in real life as he is on paper.
The view from the fort.
The 5 days were mostly spent eating three course meals for every meal, drinking the complimentary chestnut beer, chatting to students with the help of a translator, drawing on the hands of said students, wandering around the town and eating again.
Oh and meeting Antonio Hopkins!
Ben Newman draws Astro Cat onto the 127th students hand.
One evening was spent creating a looped comic with a mix of 24 artists and members of the public. This event was organised and orchestrated by June from Association ChiFouMi. June did a great job directing such chaos and had the comic printed up by the next day. (He even took the photos above and below. Thanks June!)
A spread from the looped comic. Each sections was done in only a few minutes. (Excuses.)
On the last day there was a panel talk with the UK artists chaired by Paul Gravett. It was great to hear everyone talk, brief as it was, in both English and translated into French. Lovely people with lovely work. What are the chances?
From left to right Paul Gravett, A lovely Lady, Glen Baxter, Ben Newman, Viv Schwarz, Myself, I.N J Culbard, Glyn Dillon, Karrie Fransman, Fumio Obata. (Fumio is not really this small but was not in this photo so I put him in, just not quite to scale.)
A big belated thank you to all the people involved in the festival, there were loads. Big thanks especially Dominique, Sylvain and to Delphine and Josephine Zuccarelli - Tighe. (I owe you a space pen.)
Too much fun / food / booze makes for a sleepy Newman.