Archive for May, 2014

New Mailing Address

Please note that Black Mermaid Productions (BMP) has just changed its mailing address. The new information is as follows:

PO Box 827

Please direct all print correspondence and parcels to the new address.

Business of Comics Seminar

logoBlack Mermaid Productions’ director Julie Ditrich will be presenting a one day seminar in Sydney in May 2014 entitled “The Comics Business: From Idea to Print”, which is part of the Australian Society of Authors’ (ASA) professional development program.

The course will guide participants through the process of creating a comic book or graphic novel from story development and scripting to assembling a creative team, art production, pitching to publishers, self publishing, distribution and marketing.

Participants will gain an understanding of the end-to-end comics creation and production process, as well as the workings of the Australian pop culture scene. They will also learn how to manage relationships with artists, designers, printers, editors and other key parties involved in the successful publication of a comic book or graphic novel.

Date: Saturday 31 May 2014
Time: 10am to 4pm (six hours)
Venue: ASA Offices, Suite C1.06, 22-36 Mountain St, Ultimo – Sydney, NSW Australia
Cost: ASA member $155; Member of a Partner Organisation $185; Non-member $230
Bookings: CLICK HERE TO BOOK ONLINE or phone the ASA on (02) 9211 1004

Please note that Jason Franks will be presenting the same seminar in Melbourne in October.

CLICK HERE for information on the Melbourne event.


Becoming Dr Frankenstein Comics Characterisation Workshop

Unknown-7Black Mermaid Productions™ (BMP) director Julie Ditrich will be presenting a one-hour beginner’s workshop on characterisation at Comic Gong in May 2014. The workshop is entitled: “Becoming Dr Frankenstein: How to Create Fabulous Comic Book Characters”. The workshop content includes the following:

All great comic book and graphic novel stories start with great characters whether they are heroes, villains or other archetypes. This beginner’s workshop shows you how to create a character profile from scratch by identifying and patching together the physiological, psychological and energetic components that make up your lead and supporting players.

Date: Saturday 17 May 2014
Time: 12pm to 1pm
Venue: Wollongong Town Hall, car. Kembla and Crown Streets, Wollongong NSW 2500 Australia
Cost: FREE
Workshop Program: