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outh Africa and Australia representing at SDCC 2013

Postby Andrew Cramer » Sat Jul 13, 2013 4:31 pm

The Velocity Publishers have been invited by the San Diego Comic Convention to present a panel: The Velocity Anthology – Comic Art of Africa and Australia on Thursday the 18th of July at 6:30pm.

Haven’t heard of Velocity before? (http://www.gaining-velocity.com)

Their mission is to give our artists and writers a platform where they can let their creativity flow, without worrying about marketing, printing, publishing or distribution. They can sit down, and concentrate on the important stuff, putting their best work on paper while resting assured that they will retain all rights to their stories, and receive full credit for their effort.

They want to have their books act as a portfolio, a show of competence if you like, for each of the artists involved and to show the world the talent which lies within our borders. Borders? Yes, This Graphic Anthology will be the first of its kind, not just crossing state or provincial lines, but they’ll be featuring the best artists Australia, New Zealand and South Africa has to offer!

About Velocity

Moray Rhoda is the South African Publisher of the anthology and Ray Whitcher is one of the administrators of the South African Arts forum Legionink.com, Neville Howard, is based in Australia and manages the publication there.

Moray is a designer and part-time lecturer in Cape Town, and is a member of creative group They Did This! as well as being co-founder of Velocity Anthology with Neville Howard. Ray is a scholar of comic adaptation theory (with research outputs published in The Arts in Media journal) and as a team we are extremely passionate and dedicated to our cause.

The invite from SDCC is humbling, and a MASSIVE achievement for them – It will be a first collaborative presentation of it’s kind at SDCC.

They’ll be taking the Anthology with them and will be showing it to the big boys like Marvel, DC, Image and Dark Horse as well as network with publishers we love such as IDW, Dynamite Entertainment and UK’s Com-X. They hope to expose South African, Australian and New Zealand comic artists as extensively as possible.

The Impact

Their panel will do wonders to open the door to many previously underexposed Australian, New Zealand and South African artists and writers and show the world what we’re made of.

SO if anyone is gonna be at SDCC pop in and say hi to some of my fellow creatives! :hmgrin:

The Velocity Anthology: Comic Art of Africa and Australia
Moray Rhoda (South African publisher and mastermind of the Velocity Anthology), Neville Howard (Australian publisher and mastermind of the Velocity Anthology), and Ray Whitcher (chair/comic scholar, Legionink.com) present the Southern Hemisphere's emerging comic talent in a collaborative effort between South African and Australian comic artists and writers in the annual Velocity Anthology. They will discuss how the initiative arose, outline future goals, and display the incredible skill and talent that the two countries have to offer. Audience interaction is highly encouraged; samples will be distributed.
Thursday July 18, 2013 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Room 4

1: Programs, Art and Illustration, Comics
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