The Boardgame Remix Kit

The Boardgame Remix Kit has just launched, and is a lovely way to rediscover the fascination and joy of playing childhood games like Monopoly, Scrabble, Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit. Surely every household should have one?!

I’ll have the Limited Edition Rule Cards, please – thanks very much 😀


Women, comics, creativity

I went to the British Women in Manga panel organised by London Girl Geek Dinners as part of the Sci-Fi Festival last week. Manga is something that I have started being fascinated with over the last few years, and it was interesting to see such talented women comic writers speak about their work: Kate Brown, Emma Vieceli and Karen Rubins.

I was amused by the fact that the speakers themselves had an issue with the word ‘Manga’ being over-used with regard to comics (especially anything with a remotely adult theme) – similar, I imagine, to the issue I have with the word ‘viral’.

One of the things I learnt is that Manga is actually used as an alternative way to engage school children with Shakespeare in UK schools. I thought that was amazing – and something I regret I never had the joy of experiencing, as another audience member expressed as well.

Also, for those who are interested, Karen Rubins, who was the V&A Comics Artist in Residence last year, informed us that the V&A’s National Art Library is an excellent free resource that most people seem to be unaware of. They even have a Comics Collection – but you’ll need to register to access it as it is part of their Special Collection.

I bought a copy of Emma Vieceli’s Manga Shakespeare version of Much Ado About Nothing, but another thing I’d really, really like to get my hands on is a pack of playing cards designed by Karen Rubins:

comic strip playing cards