The Comic Book Project - Collective Gallery

This is the first in a unique programme of events produced by the Collective in association with Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh International Book Festival and the Traverse Theatre. The project aims to examine the relationship between modes of performative practice within visual art, theatre and comedy, commissioning a series of new works produced collaboratively by a diverse range of practitioners. It is the only project to appear within four of the Edinburgh Festivals.  

The programme emerges thematically from a new publication titled 'Our Comic Book', edited by project curator Mel Brimfield (published by Revolver, Frankfurt). Theatre makers, comedians, writers and cartoonists are invited to contribute works based loosely on generic comic strips, such as Romance, Superhero, Football and Horror. Highlights include collaborations by novelist and screenwriter Jake Arnott (The Long Firm, Johnny Come Home) and painter Geraint Evans, and comedian Simon Munnery (Alan Parker Urban Warrior, League Against Tedium) and cult NY cartoonist Mark Newgarden (inventor of The Garbage Pail Kids).

Free Gallery Exhibition: The Comic Book Project
Mel Brimfield, Adam Dant, Brian Dewan, John Hegley and Edward Ward.
Where: Collective Gallery
When:
Fri 27 Jul - Sat 15 Sep 2007
Tue - Sun 11am - 6pm (Jul/Aug), Tue - Sat 12 - 5pm (Sep)

Free Gallery Event: Panel discussion in association with Art Monthly
All welcome, no need to book. Speakers will include Sally O’ Reilly, Chris Townsend and more tbc. The event will be followed by a performance from London based artist Doug Fishbone.
Where:
Collective Gallery
When:
Fri 10 Aug, 4 - 7pm

Off-Site Event 1: The Yellowjacket by Brian Dewan
New York artist Brian Dewan has written and scored a comic-based drama for this live public recording event. He is joined by poet and comedian John Hegley and actor Sir Gideon Vein to provide the voices for a host of crime fighting bug-men and arch villains including Dr. Thorax, The Silver Centipede, The Mean Bunny and The Mosquito.
Where:
The University of Edinburgh Drill Hall, Forrest Hill (off Forrest Road) Edinburgh, EH1 2QL (Fringe Venue 358)
When:
Mon 6 Aug, 7.30pm
Admission: £7 (no concessions). Book now: By phone 0131 228 1404, Mon - Sat, 10am - 6pm. By email boxoffice@traverse.co.uk. By internet go to www.tickets.com
In association with Traverse Theatre - a Fringe Festival venue.    

Off-Site Event 2: Lost and Found - from the collection of Mark Newgarden  
A unique screening event, with selections from cartoonist Mark Newgarden's eclectic collection of lost footage, found footage, silent animation and toy films - programme includes Fresh Lobster, Spanuth's Trained Baby Elephant and Chip the Wooden Man in The Magic Wand. Live accompaniments devised and performed by Suzanne Andrade, Discoteca Flaming Star, Jenny Hogarth, Jason Nelson and Kevin Reid.
Where: Filmhouse, 88 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH3 9BZ
When: Thu 23 Aug 2007, 9.15pm
Admission: £7.95/ £6.50 concessions . Booking: (Box Office Opens Friday 13 July 2007) By phone 0131 623 8030. By internet go to www.edfilmfest.org.uk
In association with Edinburgh International Film Festival.     

Off-Site Event 3: Suzanne Andrade, Brian Dewan, John Hegley & Simon Munnery Series of readings and performances hosted by John Hegley, featuring stories performed with projected animations by Suzanne Andrade, a live satellite interview between Simon Munnery and himself, and Brian Dewan’s hand-painted films.
Where: Edinburgh International Book Festival, ScottishPower Studio Theatre, Charlotte Square Gardens (off the West End of Princes Street), Edinburgh
When: Sun 26 Aug 2007, 8.30pm
Admission: £8/ £6 concessions. Book now: By phone 0845 373 5888, Mon - Sat 9.30am – 5.30pm. By email boxoffice@edbookfest.co.uk. By internet go to www.edbookfest.co.uk    
In association with Edinburgh International Book Festival.