Barcamp – Text, Image, Sound

Participation gets an individual the following; the opportunity to share knowledge built upon a user-generated pedagogy; conversation with talented individuals across every medium; the opportunity to raise and address obstacles with fellow project managers facilitating; a nurturing progressive environment; a commitment to sustainability in distribution; a stake in a co-operative venture; the meta-objective of commercial accessible creative publishing; an open platform to find and discuss the nuts and bolts growth of aspirational creative direction together; it is a knowledge pool, an associated broadcast, a local, cross-border, transatlantic initiative. It is a first of a kind event for professionals and fringe comics media creatives and the outcomes may surprise all of us.
(With thanks to Will Simpson for pushing my think)

1:30 plug for Barcamp taken from last week’s Panel Borders show by Alex Fitch and snipped and pic-matched by me. Produced in the early hours of the morning, with neither Alex nor I at our most lucid.


A 13 minute interview between Andy Luke and Marc Savage (stream/save target as) recorded on 18th August. on Banbridge Sunshine FM’s Following the Nerd show.

Don’t come with your two arms the one length.

UPDATE: It’s been confirmed that Marc and perhaps other Nerdfollowers will be journeying from Banbridge and recording during the event.

Ben_Bland just reminded me this needs to be here,
When: Saturday 3rd September, 9am-6pm
Where: Blick Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast

Business unConference into High Gear in Final Week

Debbie McCormack (Don’t Panic!) and Sean Duffield (Paper Tiger) have volunteered money and services to the Belfast event.


There’s also been a distribution of promotional materials around yesterday’s Dublin Zine Fair by Gar Shanley and others.

Debbie McCormack contributes with Gareth McKnight to the comedy anthology, lavishing upon readers strips like Gender Confused Bear and The Further Adventures of Nick Cave. The comic has the lo-fi rendering values associated with David Shrigley and Ralph Kidson, and like the latter’s work, is priced at £1.00 – affordable, as were comics of yore.

In addition to pledging a decent amount of cash, Debbie has also paid for and distributed colour advertising around Belfast city centre. Her coverage spreads around the artsy coffee shop zones of Botanic and Stranmillis. In addition, she’s also undertaken some social media duties.

Tidy Barcamp logo rectangle - higher dpi needed for site posters

There has also been a small donation from Brighton based Sean Duffield. The lead man behind Paper Tiger Comics, is fresh from his appearance at the ‘Comix & Conflict’ event at COMICA last weekend alongside Garth Ennis and Pat Mills. Sean is perhaps best known for his sterling work as editor on War – The Human Cost, a 260 page featuring 67 artists from around the world. Copies of the 750-print limited edition can be ordered here.
The work is a non-profit project with £1 from each copy sold going to CAAT and Brighton’s Community Arts Projects.

Publishers wishing to re-print the work should get in touch with Sean. Sean, like co-sponsors Roger Sabin, Gar and Debbie, has been pro-active in assisting administration and networking towards the camp. Their contributions may allow some catering for pre-registering participants, although talks are underway to decide where the funds should be best spent.

Pre-registration for the free event allows for better planning among unConference attendees, and clearer lines of communication with potential sponsors. For best practice, you can do this via the Google spreadsheet.

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Above: Deirde deBarra’s black and white barcamp logo, uploaded to the wiki on July 31st


Above: One of the inspirational posters from Barcamp Oxford 2008

Update: Belfast Community Comics Media Business unConference



Vital needs Funding has been secured for the event which will take place at Blick Studios on Saturday 3rd September.

Earlier this week Gar Shanley reported that, the internet’s first download comic shop, had helped to sponsor the event via Publisher Relations Manager Matt McElroy.

McElroy has since been joined by noted comics media champion, journalist and academic Dr. Roger Sabin whose contribution has allowed for the remaining venue costs to be paid, and for purchase for stationery and some snacks for attendees.

Roger’s previous books and journals have also included writing on fanzines, punk rock and alternative culture. More recently he has about game-changing tv series The Wire in relation to the crisis in journalism and the cop-show genre, and spoken on surrealism in comics and science-fiction. Roger, along with The Thought Bubble’s Ian Hague has also been helpful in matching contacts with an interest in sponsorship and speaking.


Gar Shanley, one of the central support body will be facilitating a discussion at the Bar Camp unConference, on establishing a regular sales outlet for independent comics within the Dublin market as part of the general struggle with getting the media re-integrated into mainstream retail areas. He will be attending the Ranleigh Arts Centre Zine Fair tomorrow. He also welcomes any co-operation on the ICN forum priming and developing this objective.

Hilary Lawler, workshop leader at Catalyst Arts’ ¿@#!*$ festival earlier in the year said the Bar camp initiative is “contributing to the flagging cultural landscape of Ireland in a very positive way.” Hilary also is interested in Gar’s chosen subject, given her involvement in The Point Village market event last year.

Pre-registration for the free event allows for better planning among unConference attendees, and clearer lines of communication with potential sponsors. For best practice, you can do this via the Google spreadsheet.

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Barcamp Jeopardy Day 2: Fantasy Football League

In order to secure the future of Comics Barcamp< I posted yesterday details of emergency chat sessions using LINK DELETED new chat room.

Today’s times are Saturday 2:30 – 4:30pm, 6:30pm – 8pm, or for any two people who want to take the initiative, whenever they like.

In this thread, Stephen Downey picked up on a suggestion made earlier,

If you really want to to make a final push Andy I would suggest making a list of what you think people would be good at and send them a personal email asking if they’d like to do a talk on it. A personal phone call would probably be even bette as people are less likely to say ‘no’ in person ;P

I’ve already done this in some cases. But it does miss the point a little: that this is the responsibility of everyone who wants to come. That aside, I have been going more mental than usual lately. As the comments don’t allow pictures yet, here is Part 1 of a non-comprehensive speculative barcamp.

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I know a number of you creatively. Some quite well, some in passing. Many of you I don’t know personally. I don’t know what else you studied, what your day job is, what your life outside of comics takes in. Among these skills are additions to Barcamp.

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At this point I think it’s begun to get too empathic. I’m going to follow this today with another set of visuals. Hopefully, a system overview of Barcamp answering the other questions raised here and a recap.