Books, Events

Originals, Prints and a Party!

Last year I had the opportunity to illustrate a wonderful children’s (but not just children’s…) book thanks to some very generous crowd-funding. We’re still celebrating the publication of The Crystal Mirror by having a launch party next month in London, and opening the sale of prints and original artwork to everyone, not just those who took part in the funding campaign.

If you’re in London, I do hope you’ll be able to join us for the party on February 19th, where Tim will be reading from the stories, I’ll be live drawing and there’ll be lots of lovely food and entertainment for all ages…

TCM London Launch Poster

If you are interested in buying limited edition prints or original artwork from the book, please click the image below to browse through a catalogue of what’s available:

TCM-prints-and-originals

And finally, as a special one-off, I have a large print of “Wouldn’t you rather have some tea?” to give away!

Cuddliest Monster Print

smudge

This one came back from the printers ever so slightly damaged, so I wouldn’t feel comfortable offering it for sale. It has a black smudge in the top left-hand corner which could probably be covered by a mount or frame (or you could decide that you don’t mind). It’s not perfect, but it’s not far off.

The print is A2 sized, on archival quality 100% cotton paper. It will come signed, and marked as an artist’s proof (A/P) rather than one of the edition.

To be in with a chance of winning just leave a comment below, letting me know the best way to contact you. You can also Tweet or Facebook about our launch party (and let me know you’ve done so by tagging @KatieGreenBean on Twitter or Katie Green Illustration on Facebook) to be entered more than once into the draw. The winner will be announced next Friday, February 7th. Good luck!

Comics, Events

Graphic Medicine

Graphic Medicine

I’m cross-posting this from the Lighter Than My Shadow blog, about the great conference I’m attending this coming weekend.

I first discovered Graphic Medicine through Andrew Godfrey, who mentioned the website to me not long after we first met. I had the great pleasure of attending (and speaking at) their conference day in Leeds in 2011, where I met many lovely people with creative and/or academic interests like mine, exploring and discussing the interface between comics and medical practice.

Graphic Medicine

This year’s conference theme is ethics, and I’ll be presenting a paper about some of the questions I faced during work on Lighter Than My Shadow. In particular my ethical concerns were about how much detail to share. I’ll talk about why I never reveal my lowest weight, but having made that decision, whether it’s then contradictory to show illustrations of an emaciated body: don’t they amount to the same thing? And my questions about sexual abuse: what do and don’t I need to show to make the story both clear and impactful without being gratuitous? I won’t give too much away as I’ll probably share some of the presentation here after the conference: I’m sure it will also be made available as a podcast, too.

It’s a great honour to be presenting at this year’s conference, and I’m really excited about it (nervous, too). I’m part of a panel call Moral Risks, speaking alongside Andrew Godfrey and Emma Mould, Ravi Thornton and Matthew Green, and John Swogger. I’m also looking forward to presentations from Paula Knight, Mita Mahato, Simon Moreton, Sarah Lightman, MK Czerwiec and Ian Williams, plus a workshop with Hannah Berry. And that’s without even mentioning the keynote speakers, Nicola Streeten, Paul Gravett and David B! Also, if last time is anything to go by, the weekend will be a whirlwind of making new connections with people from all over the world with lots of different backgrounds, sharing ideas and enthusiasm. I can’t wait.

Events, Zines

Bristol Artists’ Book Event (BABE)

Katie Green and Katriona Chapman at BABE 2013

This weekend past I attended Bristol Artists’ Book Event (BABE) for the first time. This amazing biennial event gathers artists, self-publishers and book makers from Bristol and all over the world to exhibit and sell their creations. The weather was finally spring-like, and so it was lovely to be out of the studio, meeting people and sharing my work again after a long break from these kinds of events.

I was lucky enough to have a table next to Katriona Chapman, and to witness how quickly the new anthology she’s been involved with editing flew off the ‘shelves’. Tiny Pencil is a gorgeous collection of artwork created exclusively in pencil, and Issue 1 features 64 pages of art by 27 different artists on the theme of forests. The work is gorgeous and the magazine smells divine (if you are a print lover like me, you will know what I mean). It is officially published this Saturday, April 27th, but you can pre-order a copy on the website, here.

Tiny Pencil

Apart from the smell of Tiny Pencil and the fun of taking my work out into the world again, my favourite part of the weekend was that BABE served exhibitors free tea and homemade cakes from a trolley that circulated the fair twice a day. I’ve never felt so well fed or looked after as a stallholder!