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Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo Returns to Sunderland in June


The Wonderlands UK Graphic Novel Expo is returning to the University of Sunderland City Space building on Saturday 3 June 2017. Running from 10am to 5pm it will feature its usual selection of talks, panels, workshops and a Publisher’s Hall of artists, writers, small pressers and dealers. Creators joining Bryan and Mary Talbot this year include John Wagner, John Higgins and Martin Rowson.

Panel Discussions:

1020–1110 Hannah Berry, graphic novelist –  introduced by Mary Talbot

1120 – 1210 40 years of 2000AD :  John Wagner, Jeff Anderson, Bryan Talbot and John Higgins – chaired by Stacey Whittle

1220-1310 Celebrating Myriad Graphic Novels :  Corinne Pearlman, Paula Knight, Jade Sarsen, Darryl Cunningham

1320-1410 The Art of John Higgins Presentation

1420–1520 Martin Rowson – introduced by Mel Gibson

1530–1640 John Wagner – interviewed by Stacey Whittle

Publishers’ Hall Workshop Area:

1030-1125 – Picture Consequences – Emma Reynolds leads an interactive game for all ages and abilities

1130-1225 – ACE – Lydia Wysocki talks about the projects of Applied Comics Etc and the power of the comics medium

1230-1325 – Making Funny Comics – Nigel Auchterlounie

1330-1420 – Step Into Clockwork Watch, An Immersive Steampunk Storyworld – Yomi Ayeni gives a masterclass in creating an immersive and participatory storyworld for a graphic novel set in the make believe universe of Steampunk, but brought to life on the streets of London

1430-1525 – How to Draw Comics – Nigel Dobbyn

1530-1625 – Comic Storytelling – workshop by Jeff Anderson

Open Space Workshop Area:

1000-1600 – Drop-in Comics with Lee Robinson

This is the third time the event has been staged and previous years have shown it to have a relaxed atmosphere allowing guests and attendees to mingle and chat throughout the day. As in the previous two years it is also completely free.

There are more details about Wonderlands 2017 at the event’s website – www.wonderlands.org.uk

downthetubes’ features on previous Wonderlands – 2015 Review and Creators, 2016 Review.

About Jeremy Briggs

News, reviews, interviews and features for print and on-line: Spaceship Away (since October 2005), Bear Alley (since February 2007), downthetubes (since June 2007), and Eagle Times (since October 2008). Plus Titan’s Dan Dare and Johnny Red reprints, Ilex’s War Comics: A Graphic History and 500 Essential Graphic Novels, and Print Media’s The Iron Moon and Strip magazine.

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