For those who don’t already know, John Constantine: Hellblazer, published by DC Comics, centres on a magus who investigates occult crimes, hauntings and disasters. Originally a secondary character introduced during Alan Moore’s revolutionary Swamp Thing run, Delano was the title’s original writer, chosen by Alan to continue John’s adventures, and established the character in his own right, fleshing out what had been, in Moore’s hands, a more shadowy, wisecracking sort of figure.
It was also Delano who set the character firmly in London, Moore (and, later, Rick Veitch) preferring to present him travelling virtually anywhere at will. Delano’s Constantine is very much flesh and blood, never using magic when a con will do, frequently drunk, down and out, and haunted by his accidental condemning of a little girl named Astra to hell.
Joining Jamie on stage are artist David Lloyd, who contributed to the comic and illustrated the Constantine graphic novel, The Horrorist; and two of the most recent contributors, Andy Diggle and Peter Milligan.
“As far as I know this is Jamie Delano’s first appearance at a British comics festival in many years,” says event organiser Alex Fitch, “and apart from a last minute addition to the Kapow! line-up, the first that Peter Milligan has done in a long time also. No-one else has put both of them and David Lloyd and Andy Diggle on the same panel.”
The discussion will be followed by a screening of the film adaptation of the comic, Constantine, starring Keanu Reeves.
The event is just part of Comics@Sci-Fi London, curated by Alex Fitch from Panel Borders, the UK’s only radio show about comics, celebrating British comic creators from the last 30 years in The Blue Room at BFI Southbank, which includes appearances by creators such as Lee O’Connor, Ian Edginton, Al Davison, Tom Humberstone and many more.
BFI Comics@SciFi London Weekend:
• Day One details: www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2011/programme/event/comics-sci-fi-london-day-one
• Day Two details: www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2011/programme/event/comics-sci-fi-london-day-two
• Jamie Delano’s official web site: www.jamiedelano.co.uk