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BRITISH artists will be flocking to Olympia for this July for a chance to have their portfolios critiqued by Karen Berger, who will be a featured guest at London Film & Comic Con, which runs from July 28-31. Renowned for her leadership of Vertigo from its formative years through to its creation as DC's mature readers imprint in 1993 and for another 20 years until her departure in 2013, Berger did much to bring British talent to the attention of the American public. As editor she orchestrated a British invasion, giving a platform for Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison, Warren Ellis, Garth Ennis, Peter Milligan and Mike Carey alongside Steve Dillon, Sean Phillips, Mark Buckingham, Jock, Duncan Fegredo and other such artists. Responsible for the publication of The Sandman, Preacher, Fables, Scalped, The Unwritten, 100 Bullets and Y the Last Man among numerous other memorable titles, Berger is ideally suited to offer professional advice to those illustrators – both conventional and experimental – who are dedicated to the art of drawing comics and seeking advice on how to improve their abilities. Artists will also be able to have their work assessed by Richard Bruning. Another DC luminary, he was the publisher's design editor from 1985 to 1990. Returning to the company in 1996 as vice-president creative director, he was promoted to senior vice-president six years later. The creator of DC's "spin" logo, he left the company in 2010. PLEASE NOTE: Only a limited number of portfolio review slots will be available each day and advance booking will be required. The schedule of times and details as to how to book will be announced closer to the event.
SHOWMASTERS is delighted to play host to Dave Gibbons, the lauded talent behind such titles as Watchmen, Secret Service and The Originals. Appointed Britain’s Comics Laureate in 2014, Gibbons, whose numerous credits also include 2000 AD, Give me Liberty and Just Imagine Stan Lee with Dave Gibbons Creating Green Lantern, will be joining Karen Berger – Vertigo’s acclaimed former editor-in-chief – on stage on Sunday at 3:00pm for what is likely to be an entertaining and informative chat. Following the interview Gibbons will spend an hour signing for fans.