Celebrating UK Creativity at the Baltimore Comic-Con!
At the Baltimore Comic-Con this past weekend, the British Embassy in Washington celebrated what is GREAT about the comic book, science-fiction and creative industries throughout the UK.
British Comic book artists Mike Carey, Paul Jenkins, and Roger Langridge participated in a panel themed around the ‘British Invasion’ of American comics. In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a fresh take that appealed to fans and critics alike. This has been coined the ‘British Invasion’. To celebrate this longstanding theme, the British Embassy exhibited at the Comic-Con, showcasing what is GREAT about the creative industries in Britain – from Doctor Who to Game of Thrones to Harry Potter to Wallace & Gromit, and the many British contributions to the American creative arts.
In addition to the panel, a number of British Creatives, including Mark Buckingham, Barry Kitson, Brian Bolland and others were on the floor, signing autographs, drawing and speaking with fans.
The UK has one of the largest creative sectors in the world, and British artists have also excelled in the areas of music, computer games, fine art, fashion, and film.
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The British Invasion Panel at the Baltimore Comic Con
In the 1980s, a number of British writers and artists started producing work for American comics and brought a new attitude to the stories. A panel of creators; Mike Carey (The Unwritten), Paul Jenkins (Deathmatch), and Roger Langridge (Popeye) and moderator Robert Greenberger provided a look at the current state of the British Invasion.
We’re spending the weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con showcasing GREAT British creativity. Check out this amazing photo of Watchmen fans in costume as Doctor Manhattan and Silk Spectre.
The Watchmen, often hailed as the greatest graphic novel of all time, was written by British writer Alan Moore and drawn by British artist Dave Gibbons. It was named one of Time’s 100 All Time Greatest Novels in 2005, the only graphic novel to appear on the list.
We’re spending the weekend at the Baltimore Comic Con showcasing GREAT British creativity! Check out these fantastic Doctor Who fans who visited our booth.
British comic book and writing legend Neil Gaiman originally published his classic series The Sandman between 1989 and 1996. The Sandman: Endless Nights was the first graphic novel ever to appear on the New York Times bestseller list (another famous graphic novel to appear on that list was Watchmen by British graphic novelist and writer Alan Moore.)
Superheroes make the world a better place. They rescue us from evil-doers. They make wearing spandex socially acceptable. And everyone loves them! Ahead of the Baltimore Comic-Con, we take a look at how “positively British” the comic industry is!
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GREAT British Excellence in Film: Double Negative
Double Negative is a British visual effects company working on some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters. The majority of the company’s work is international and key clients include all the major US studios. Alex Hope, Managing Director Double Negative talks about what makes the UK so appealing for film makers and why they use GREAT British talent to complete their film and production projects.
Look no further then the UK for talent and innovation. For more on UK film excellence visit http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/item/390600.html
PM encourages applications for the GREAT Tech Awards in NY
The GREAT Tech Awards will celebrate the strong relationship between the technology scenes in the UK and the US reinforcing the message that cities such as London and New York are leading hubs for technology and innovation. Prizes will be awarded to five New York-based technology companies in the fields of hardware, education, lifestyle, finance and media. An Advisors’ Choice Award will recognise a successful British tech company that has established a dynamic presence in the New York market.
To find out more visit TheGREATTechAwards.com ›