Thursday, November 13, 2008

Embassy reception for Nemi book launch

A reception was held last night at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London for the launch of Nemi volume 2 from Titan Books. Writer / artist Lise Myhre was flown over from Oslo as the VIP guest and a few other representatives from the world of comics such as comic historian Paul Gravett, artist Woodrow Phoenix, and myself were in attendance, along with staff of Titan Books and book translator Deborah Dawkin.

Nemi, a daily gag strip about a sharply witty Goth girl who doesn't suffer fools gladly has been a huge success in its native Norway for more than 10 years now, with creator Lise Myhre regarded with rock star status. Proof that its humour travels well is the fact that the strip is syndicated in newspapers around the world including the free daily Metro here in the UK. The success of Titan's Nemi Volume 1 has now led to a second volume, which again is a classy 144 page full colour hardback.

Lise Myhre is in London for the rest of the week to promote the book. An itinerary of her appearances are as follows:

Today (Thursday November 13th):
6pm - 7pm Book signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue WC2H 8JR.

Tomorrow (Friday November 14th):
Comica panel at the V&A -
16.35: Women Creators & Comics Today. Lise Myhre, strip-cartoonist of Goth girl Nemi in Metro, and Asia Alfalsi, Muslim autobiographical graphic novelist, interviewed by Corinne Perlman. More details including ticket price click here.

Saturday November 15th:
Book signing at Borders, 120 Charing Cross Road, London.

Below: Titan Books publisher Nick Landau giving his introductory speech at the reception.

Below: Nemi creator Lise Myhre with David Leach, editor of Titan Books' Nemi collections, and behind David, Ellie Graham, Titan Books' Press Officer.

My thanks to Lise and her agent Håkon Strand for the invitation and to Siri Aronsen and the staff of the Royal Norwegian Embassy for a very pleasant and friendly evening.

If you can't make it to the book signings, Nemi Volume 2 is available from Amazon here.

Norway - the official site in the UK:

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