162: GoT, Titanic, Murals (Photo-blog)

The other week SophMoto came to visit Belfast, as she does.

01 Soph in Belfast

I do like having visitors. Those are Lannister threads, with extra designs by Moto herself. Early, we pottered, looked at turls and a ship in the drydock. If you click on the photo above you can view the slideshow on Flickr, a lesser quality website. Watch out for the chess set! It doubles for the Houses of Cthulu, Super Barrio, Lego, X-Men, Chocolate Rose, Fenric and a nother one.

From there, we moved to The Titanic exhibition. Moto knew very little about it, so I warmed her up with my Underwater Billiards story (koff koff, plugs anthology) She already knew it had sunk so I wasn’t spoiling the details.

The first level was a bit classic museum claustrophobic, so her outfit got a lot of stares, and requests for photos.

I thought I didn’t want to know anymore about The Titanic. In the past I’d used the concept of the exhibition to have a go at the celebration of tragedy culture using the power of comixing. As parodied, there was a kid’s amusement ride, however most of the centre is, well, an academic resource, the big price should have been a clue. I’d love to return there and spend the day sketching, taking notes. Now, some photos from the re-created cabins. Mind, some of these look a bit eldritch.

02 Phantasmacabins

After we got back, I was treated to a shared platter at the Belfast Barge…

Aboard The Barge

And then we went to look at some murals, like this one by a too zealous Nick Cave or Wes Craven fan…

Red Right Hand

On the other side of the peace-line, quite a few, but this was my favourite. I’m a fledgling Spanish Civil War nerd.

Spanish Civil War

Although, as Stephen McGarry reminds me, maybe it should be this one of Nelson Mandela. (LINK)

You can read Moto’s rich account of the trips at Livejournal, were we sit on one of the game of thrones thrones OR were we go to the causeway coastline and perform ninja duties.

But not both. Not today. That would make you a stalker.

The Titanic Troubles Theme Park

I’ll be appearing as a guest at Q-Con, the Belfast Gaming and Anime Festival this weekend. The job is to assist PJ Holden and Stephen Downey with a 2000AD Comics Workshop. PJ has written a post here preparing his students for the Sunday morning session.

Gareth McKnight and Debbie McCormack of East Belfast run an enjoyable lo-fi comic called Don’t Panic!

With every mad jack hurling money around anyone with the sinking ship motif, I suggested they produce a Don’t Titanic comic.

Small press being what it is the projects running a spot late for an anniversary (although the spin-off shares scandal involving the Liberal government, ran for the better part of the year)

Anyhow, here’s the entry drawn by me, and co-written with Danny Pongo, adapted from his original blog post.

By Andy Luke and Danny Pongo