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CONTACT THE VERBAL ARTS CENTRE TO BOOK PLACES FOR WORKSHOPS AND TALKS.

E: info@verbalartscentre.co.uk T: 02871 266946

TICKETS FOR HEROES & LEGENDS AND FORCE TRAINING CAN BE PURCHASED FROM THE MILLENNIUM FORUM BOX OFFICE. www.millenniumforum.co.uk

THURS 30th MAY: Schools workshops at Verbal Arts Centre.

FRI 31st MAY: Schools & Public workshops at Verbal Arts Centre / 2D Evening Sessions: Panel Discussions at Sandinos.

SAT 1st JUNE & SUN 2nd JUNE: 2D Comics Fair featuring ‘Heroes & Legends’ show at the Millennium Forum / 2D Evening Sessions: Panel Discussions at Sandinos.

COMICS FAIR: Opening Hours: Sat 10am - 5pm & Sun 11.30am - 4.30pm. The Comics Fair on Sat 1 & Sun 2 June at the Millennium Forum is FREE to attend and will play host to a great mix of comic stalls, children’s workshops, talks and other activities. Come along to meet the world’s best comic creators, who will be sketching, signing and selling loads of cool stuff. We will also have fantastic prize giveaways and spot prizes for cool costumes - Dress to Impress!

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Saturday 1st June

Heroes & Legends

Heroes & Legends show

An Amazing show featuring characters, sets and props from Sci & Fantasy Movies & TV.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Main Auditorium)

Times: 10am - 5pm


Paid event

Tickets

Children - £3.50
Adults - £4
Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £12

Available from Millennium Forum Box Office.


Book here

Thursday 30th May

Education

Schools Elevator Pitch - Star Wars

Star Wars Character Design - Comic Art workshop. Come up with your own characters for the Star Wars universe and pitch them to Star Wars artist Gary Erskine and writer Mhairi Stewart.

10.30am - Noon. For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 10.30 - Noon


FREE event


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Thursday 30th May

Education

Schools Elevator Pitch - Books & Graphic Novels.

Alan Nolan is one of Ireland's leading writers and illustrators, with a graphic novel series published by O'Brien Press, a regular comic strip in the Irish Times and much more. Alan will be hosting this session where pupils will sketch ideas for their own book or graphic novels, create draft front covers and pitch their books to Alan!

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre


FREE event


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Friday 31st May

Education

Schools Elevator Pitch - Star Wars

Star Wars Character Design - Comic Art workshop. Come up with your own characters for the Star Wars universe and pitch them to Star Wars artist Gary Erskine and writer Mhairi Stewart.

10.30am - Noon 

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 10.30am - Noon. Blue Coat Room.


FREE event

Free.


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Friday 31st May

Education

Schools Elevator Pitch - Books & Graphic Novels

Alan Nolan is one of Ireland's leading writers and illustrators, with a graphic novel series published by O'Brien Press, a regular comic strip in the Irish Times and much more. Alan will be hosting this session where pupils will sketch ideas for their own book or graphic novels, create draft front covers and pitch their books to Alan!

1pm - 2.30pm

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 1pm – 2.30pm. Blue Coat Room


FREE event

Free.


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Friday 31st May

Education

Irish Language Comic Art Workshops

For Schools. Learn how to create comic art in these fun workshops with Aidan Courtney, editor of fantastic Irish Language Comic RíRá. Aidan is creator of Coimicí Gael, an initiative to promote Irish in a fun way. He is also a Publisher, Cartoonist and writer and has worked for the Irish Times, Sunday Tribune & the Phoenix.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 10am - 11.30am. Library.


FREE event

Free.


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Friday 31st May

Education

Change the Channel talk

For Schools. New York Times best-selling author Tony Lee (Dr Who, Star Trek, Superboy) will be talking about being a reluctant reader as a boy and how he overcame this to enjoy books and eventually become a successful writer. Tony will create a story with the help of the class in this inspiring, interactive session.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 11.45am – 12.45pm. Blue Coat Room


FREE event

Free.


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Friday 31st May

Education

Uproar Comics present 'Creating Comics'

For Secondary Schools. Award-winning local publishers Uproar Comics will be giving a talk about how their company was started and quickly developed into a runaway success. They will also be giving a sneak peek behind the scenes at how they make their hit comic 'Zombies Hi'. 11am - Noon.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 11am – noon. Debating Chamber


FREE event

Free.

Friday 31st May

Guests of Honour, Industry

Digital Colouring workshop

Open to Public. One of the world's leading digital colourists, Jordie Bellaire will be hosting a talk and demonstration about how she creates the fantastic colour work that has made her one of the most in-demand 'digital painters' in the comics industry today.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Adults

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 1.15pm – 2.45pm. Debating Chamber.


FREE event

Free. Age: 14yrs+


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Friday 31st May

Education, Industry

Making Comics workshop

Open to Public. Learn about the process of making comic books & how to create a page of comic art with the help of some of the best creators in the business. With top artists Jock, Gary Erskine, Dan Berry, Garry Leach & more. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 3pm - 4.30pm. Blue Coat Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited. Ages: 11yrs+


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Friday 31st May

Guests of Honour, Industry

Portfolio Reviews

Open to Public.These 20 mins long, one-to-one mentoring sessions with award-winning group editor at DC Comics, Will Dennis, offer an amazing opportunity to receive valuable industry advice on how to develop your body of work.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Adults

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: Noon – 2pm. Library Sessions: Noon / 12.20pm / 12.40pm / 1pm / 1.20pm / 1.40pm


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is essential as places are limited. Ages: 16yrs+

Friday 31st May

Evening Sessions, Industry

Irish Comics panel

The Irish Comics scene is as healthy and exciting as it's ever been, with a host of Irish creators breaking through in the industry in a big way. There are also many quality independent creators making their mark, evident in the diverse and engaging range of work and titles published over the last couple of years. 7pm - 8pm

Audience: Adults

Venue: Sandinos


FREE event

Friday 31st May

Evening Sessions, Guests of Honour, Industry

The Social Networks panel

Being active online is a big part of many comic creators' professional life. This panel takes a look at this: the advantages, the lost hours, the chance encounters and everything else in between! 8.15pm - 9.15pm

Audience: Adults

Venue: Sandinos


FREE event

Sunday 2nd June

Heroes & Legends

Heroes & Legends show

An Amazing show featuring characters, sets and props from Sci & Fantasy Movies & TV. 11.30am - 4.30pm

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Main Auditorium)

Times: 11.30am - 4.30pm


Paid event

Tickets: Children - £3.50, Adults - £4, Family Pass (2 Adults & 2 Children) - £12. Available from Millennium Forum Box Office


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Saturday 1st June

Education, Heroes & Legends

Force Training

Learn how to be a Jedi! Master your lightsaber! This exciting event will allow young Padawans to get trained by a number of Jedi Knights and characters from Ireland's leading Star Wars costuming group, the Emerald Garrison. Entrance Fee: £5. Sessions (approx 30mins): 11.30am / 12.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm.
Contact Millennium Forum for more details.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Studio)


Paid event


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Sunday 2nd June

Heroes & Legends

Force Training

Learn how to be a Jedi! Master your lightsaber! This exciting event will allow young Padawans to get trained by a number of Jedi Knights and characters from Ireland's leading Star Wars costuming group, the Emerald Garrison.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Studio)

Times: Sessions (approx 30mins): Noon / 1.30pm / 2.30pm / 3.30pm.


Paid event

Entrance Fee: £5. Danske Bank Studio.

Available from Millennium Forum Box Office.
http://www.millenniumforum.co.uk
Tel: 02871 264455


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Saturday 1st June

Evening Sessions, Industry

More than Meets the Eye! Transformers panel

A panel exploring and celebrating the Transformers universe. From a toy range in the eighties to a billion dollar brand. With a star studded panel of Transformers legends: writer Simon Furman with artists Geoff Senior & Mike Collins. Hosted by Ciaran Flanagan.

Audience: Adults

Venue: Sandinos

Times: 7.15pm - 8.15pm


FREE event

Free.

2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education, Guests of Honour, Industry

Keynote: Herb Trimpe

US Comics artist Herb Trimpe is a true comics industry legend, not least for being the first artist to draw the most famous member of the X-Men; Wolverine, but also for his seminal run on the Incredible Hulk in the 1970s. Herb has also worked on a host of other top titles and characters and will be discussing his career and his thoughts on the industry with host, leading comics journalist Chris Thompson.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 12.15pm – 1.15pm Millennium Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.

2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Education, Industry

Talk: Eclectic Micks - Where did it all go wrong?

Once a promising group of Irish comic creators, what has become of the Micks? Bad jokes aside, a mixture of determination, great work ethic and sheer talent has seen core members of the Eclectic Micks sketch group rise to the very top in the comics industry. Not only doing well, but creating some of the most dynamic and exciting work out there at the minute. Here - Declan Shalvey, Will Sliney and Stephen Mooney will be discussing their work and meteoric rise… and where it all went right. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Adults

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 2.30pm – 3.30pm Millennium Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Guests of Honour, Industry

Keynote: Nicholas Gurewitch

Nicholas Gurewitch is an award-winning creator who produced one of the most popular web comics of recent times, the Perry Bible Fellowship. The strip became a phenomenon and was then syndicated in countless magazines internationally, including the Guardian. He has collected and published his strips as a book, which became one the fastest selling books in Amazon's history. Nicholas is a versatile and gifted storyteller and has recently produced work for the BBC and Marvel Comics. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Adults

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 2.45 – 3.45 Millennium Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Guests of Honour, Industry

Keynote: Jordie Bellaire

Jordie Bellaire is one of the world’s leading comic colourists. Her digital painting has been an essential aspect of many of the leading, best-looking comic books on the market. She is an established, quality artist in her own right and has had a rapid rise to now become one of the most sought after colourists in the industry. Jordie will be giving a talk on her influences, techniques and processes, providing a fascinating insight into the art of colouring.

For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 4pm - 5pm. Millennium Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.

2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Comic Art Storytelling workshop

Learn how to create exciting comic art and draw interesting characters to feature in your own comic stories, with Alan Nolan, creator of the ‘Big Break Detectives’ graphic novel series from O’Brien press and the popular ‘Butternut and Kronk’ strip from the Irish Times. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 10.30am – 11.20am. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Pop Up workshop

Learn the fine art of pop up with artist Maeve Clancy. Participants will create their own story and character designs, which will be translated into a pop up page. Paper engineering, design and construction are all covered in this short intense workshop. Each child leaves with their own pop up page and a handout to bring home.

View one of the fantastic pop up books Maeve worked on with leading singer/musician Lisa Hannigan here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyXmp-FiPJo


Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 11.30am – 12.20pm. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Cartooning workshop

Ages: 6 – 12 yrs
With Beano & Dandy artist Laura Howell! Laura Howell is a super talented comic writer/artist and is famous for being the first female artist to have worked for the Beano. Laura has also worked for the Dandy as well as countless other top comics. She will giving plenty of great hints and tips during this fun session, as she teaches how to create quality cartoons and comic strips. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 12.30pm - 1.20pm. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Beastly Drawings workshop with Chris Judge

Hear Chris Judge read from one of his books and learn how to draw the Lonely Beast! Chris Judge is an illustrator and children's picture book author from Dublin. His first book The Lonely Beast won the Specsavers Irish Children's Book of the Year 2011 in Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards with his second book The Great Explorer published in 2012. Chris's new book, The Brave Beast, was published on the 7th of March, which see his Beast character conquer his fears in an all-new adventure. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 1.30pm - 2.20pm. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited. Ages: 4 – 11yrs.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Drawing Zombies workshop.

Learn how to draw all types of Zombies with the Uproar Comics team, the award-winning writers and artists behind the hit Zombie comic set in Derry – ‘Zombies Hi’. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum

Times: 2.30pm – 3.20pm. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited. Ages 6yrs+


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Education

How to Draw Star Wars Characters

Learn how to draw amazing Star Wars characters with Will Sliney, a true comics superstar! Will was the regular artist on ‘Star Wars: the Clone Wars’ and was recently signed up by the mighty Marvel Comics, to work on Fearless Defenders! He also created the hit graphic novel ‘Celtic Warrior: the Legend of Cú Chulainn’ a current Irish TImes bestseller. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Foyle Room.


FREE event

Free. Early Registration is advised as places are limited. Age: 6yrs+


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Industry

Talk: The Losers


The Losers was a seminal, award winning comic that topped the New York Times graphic books list. The main dream team behind this top drawer publication, writer Andy Diggle, artist Jock and top DC Comics editor Will Dennis reunite to discuss the success of the comic, their experiences working together and the subsequent Hollywood movie adaptation. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.



Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Millennium Room)

Times: 1.30 - 2.30pm


FREE event

Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Industry

Creating the World of Game of Thrones


Visionary artist Will Simpson will be hosting a talk, presentation and Q & A about his remarkable storyboarding and concept work for the Emmy and Bafta award winning HBO TV Show, ‘Game of Thrones’. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.



Audience: Adults

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: Noon - 1pm


FREE event

Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Industry

Talk: Writing Pictures


A great chance for aspiring and established writers to gain an insight into writing for Comics. A host of leading Comics Writers will discuss their processes and experiences working in the comics industry and beyond, with writers David Hine, Tony Lee and Simon Furman. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.



Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: 1.15pm – 2.15pm


FREE event

Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Cut Paper Comic workshop


Work with artist Maeve Clancy to learn how to create a cut paper comic. This workshop moves from story writing to character design and cut paper design skills. Each participant will leave with their own cut paper comic and the methods to create many more in the future.


For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946


Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: Noon – 12.50pm


FREE event

Ages 6 - 12 yrs

2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Star Wars Comic Art Workshop


Learn how to create fantastic characters, old and new, for the Star Wars universe with leading artist Gary Erskine, who has worked on Star Wars, Dr Who, Star Trek, Terminator among many others! Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.



Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: 1pm – 1.50pm


FREE event

Ages 6yrs+


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Beastly Drawings workshop with Chris Judge


Hear Chris read from one of his books and learn how to draw the Lonely Beast! Chris Judge is an illustrator and children’s picture book author from Dublin. His first book The Lonely Beast won the Specsavers Irish Children’s Book of the Year 2011 in Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards with his second book The Great Explorer published in 2012. Chris’s new book, The Brave Beast, was published on the 7th of March, which see his Beast character conquer his fears in an all-new adventure. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.




Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: 2pm – 2.50pm


FREE event

Ages 4 - 11yrs


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2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair, Education

Make Me A Superhero T-Shirt Workshop


Create your own superhero logo and paint it on to a t-shirt to create your own cool costume, with a multi-talented team of artists. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.



Audience: Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Diamond Room)

Times: 3pm – 3.50pm


FREE event

Early Registration is advised as places are limited.


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Saturday 1st June

Evening Sessions

Dial Q for quiz!


With 2DCast hosts Bobby Best & Ciaran Flanagan Unbelievable prizes to be won!


Audience: Adults

Venue: Sandinos

Times: 6-7pm


FREE event

Saturday 1st June

Evening Sessions

Keeping it Real panel


Hosted by Chris Thompson. With Nick Gurewitch, Herb Trimpe & more


A look at different styles used by creators, discussing variety of content in terms of both art and story - and the values of each.


Audience: Adults

Venue: Sandinos

Times: 8.15pm - 9.15pm


FREE event

2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Guests of Honour, Industry

Portfolio Reviews

With leading DC/ Vertigo Comics Editor Will Dennis.These 20 mins long, one-to-one mentoring sessions with award-winning group editor at DC Comics, Will Dennis, offer an amazing opportunity to receive valuable industry advice on how to develop your body of work. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.


Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Green Room)

Times: Saturday 1pm - 3pm 20min sessions 1pm/1.20pm/ 1.40pm/2pm/2.20pm/2.40pm


FREE event

Early Registration is essential as places are limited.


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair

Video Games Area


Hosted by Magee Core. Magee CORE is coming and bringing its collection of fantastic video games for fans of all ages and skill levels alike. On showcase for the comic fans there will be Injustice and Marvel vs Capcom 3, along with a healthy mix of games for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the WiiU consoles. Fun for everyone whether you are looking for a challenge or to relax and see what video gaming has to offer.


Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Farquhar Room)

Times: 10am - 5pm


FREE event

2D Comic Fair event

Sunday 2nd June

2D Comics Fair

Video Games Area


Hosted by Magee Core Magee CORE is coming and bringing its collection of fantastic video games for fans of all ages and skill levels alike. On showcase for the comic fans there will be Injustice and Marvel vs Capcom 3, along with a healthy mix of games for the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the WiiU consoles. Fun for everyone whether you are looking for a challenge or to relax and see what video gaming has to offer.


Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Farquhar Room)

Times: 11.30am - 4.30pm


FREE event

2D Comic Fair event

Thursday 30th May

2D Comics Fair, Industry

Visual Storyteller: The Film & TV Work of William Simpson


This Art Exhibition will feature Will’s concept and storyboarding work from big budget movies such as ‘City of Ember’ and ‘Your Highness’, as well as the ‘Mighty Celt’ and even Will’s first ever work in this area. The show will also celebrate Will’s current work for the Emmy and Bafta award winning HBO TV Show, ‘Game of Thrones’, based on the New York Times bestselling series. It will feature the character designs and storyboards he produces for the series, shown beside stills from the HBO show to demonstrate how the storyboarding process works.


For booking contact The Verbal Arts Centre on 02871266946


Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Verbal Arts Centre

Times: 22 May – 14 June


FREE event


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Saturday 1st June

Education

Breaking into Animation: Talk and Portfolio Reviews

Boulder Media are an award winning Irish animation studio who have worked for Cartoon Network, Nickleodeon, BBC and Disney. Their co-production, The Amazing World of Gumball, has been a huge success and won countless international awards. Robert Cullen (Emmy-nominated Creative Director at Boulder Media) will be available for one-to-one portfolio reviews after the talk. Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.


Venue: Millennium Forum (Green Room)

Times: 3.15 - 5.00pm


FREE event


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2D Comic Fair event

Saturday 1st June

2D Comics Fair, Industry

2000AD Panel

A collection of top 2000AD creators, past and present, will be on hand to discuss the Galaxy's Greatest Comic! Contact the Verbal Arts on 02871266946 for booking.

Audience: Adults / Children

Venue: Millennium Forum (Millennium Room)

Times: 11.00 - 12.00. Early registration is advised as places are limtied


FREE event


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