Garen Ewing - comic strip author and artist - talks and workshops

I am available for talks, panels and workshops on and around the subject of story in comic strips and graphic novels. I have presented these at literary festivals big and small (including Hay, Cheltenham, Bath and Edinburgh), as well as local libraries and schools for a variety of ages (generally 7 or 8 to early teens, but art students and adults enjoy them too). I've also been a guest at comics festivals in France, Germany, Austria, Denmark and the Netherlands.


My talks can last from half an hour to an hour and a half (usually an hour) and can focus on the history of comics or the making of my own comic, or - even better - a bit of both.

I will usually require a laptop with PowerPoint, plus a projector and screen, though I am able to do a version with no computer at all, showing images on A3 hand-held boards (not practical for large audiences).


With workshops I tend to focus on drawing for storytelling, including creating characters and tips and tricks for making good comics (facial expressions, pictures that tell a story, making your own character. etc).

Workshops can be tailored for the specific event - for instance I helped four classes at one school create their own Olympic Superheroes and villains for the London 2012 Games - it was manic, creative, and enormous fun.

Workshops can last from 40 minutes to an hour and a half (an hour is good), and I'd require a flip chart with pad and markers, plus paper and pens/pencils for the workshoppers.


I follow a fee structure advised by the Society of Authors/Scottish Book Trust: £175 for a single session (usually an hour to an hour and a half); £250 for half a day; £350 for a full day. If I'm required to travel some distance outside of my local area then travel expenses would be requested too.

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Cheltenham Festival Edinburgh Festival
with Nick Sharratt
Cheltenham Festival Talk slide Talk slide Talk slide
Library workshop Edinburgh Festival Cheltenham Festival Edinburgh Festival Hay Festival Talk slide
Bag of Books, Lewes Hay Festival Bristol Comics Show Bath Festival Cheltenham Festival Hay Festival

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