London’s Cartoon Museum hosts a Comics Laureate Round Table this Wednesday (13th November 2019), with Dave Gibbons, Charlie Adlard and Hannah Berry.
This is a rare opportunity to see all three Comic Laureates on stage at the same time, including the current holder of the position, Hannah Berry.
What does a Laureate do? Is it an honour to be asked? What is it like to wear a cape? The three comic creators will be talking about all this, and more for a talk hosted by Jason Atomic.
The ticket includes a chance to look round the gallery and check out the in focus display on the three Laureates, which includes the last five pages of The Walking Dead drawn by Charlie Adlard.
The first Comics Laureate, Comic Artist and Writer Dave Gibbons past projects include Watchmen, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Batman, Captain America, and more. He’s also co-creator of Give Me Liberty and Martha Washington Goes to War with Frank Miller.
Charlie Adlard is perhaps best known for his work on the now completed The Walking Dead, and recently released LIFE, a new hardcover collection of art from Charlie attending life art evenings at Hive Shrewsbury using various techniques, published by the Lakes International Comic Art Festival and available from Festival partner Page 45.
Current Comic Laureate Hannah Berry is a comics creator, writer, illustrator and podcaster and author of the horrifyingly-prescient media satire, Livestock, published by Jonathan Cape.
Sponsored by Lancaster University, the Comics Laureate is an ambassadorial and educational role for the comic genre and aims to raise awareness of the impact comics can have in terms of increasing literacy and creativity. The Comics Laureate appointment is made biennially to a distinguished comics creator, writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the genre.
Working closely with the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, the Comics Laureate champions the role of comics in improving literacy through a programme of educational visits, workshop events, guest appearances and conferences. A key focus will be working to increase the acceptance of comics as a creative art form in schools, libraries and throughout the education system.
• The Lakes International Comic Art Festival returns to Kendal at various venues across the town 9th – 11th October 2020 | View the full 2019 Festival programme online or grab the 2019 Festival Gudie as a free PDF download
Dave Gibbons has worked in comics since 1973. Cutting his teeth on undergrounds and fanzines, he became a frequent contributor to Britain’s 2000AD, illustrating “Harlem Heroes”, “Dan Dare” and co-creating “Rogue Trooper”.
Since then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has encompassed Doctor Who, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Predator, Aliens, the Hugo Award-winning Watchmen with writer Alan Moore, and Give Me Liberty and Martha Washington Goes to War with Frank Miller. His semi-autobiographical The Originals won an Eisner Award in 2005.
Other projects include The Secret Service, written by Mark Millar and both writer and artist on Treatment for publication on the Madefire digital platform.
How Comics Work by Dave Gibbons and Tim Pilcher was published in 2017 and Making Comics: A Practical Guide, also with Tim Pilcher, is released next week by Chartwell Books. The Matrix Comics 20th Anniversary Edition, also out this month, features work by Dave, work released in the lead up to the release of the original film, back in 1999, entirely online.
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• Follow Dave on Twitter @davegibbons90
Hannah Berry is a comics creator, writer, illustrator and podcaster and author of the horrifyingly-prescient media satire, Livestock, published by Jonathan Cape. This is her third graphic novel after the critically acclaimed Adamtine and Britten & Brülightly, which was translated into four different languages and chosen as part of the official selection at Angoulême in 2010.
She does a weekly cartoon strip for the New Statesman and is one half of the podcast No YOU Hang Up with Dan Berry (probably no relation). She has been part of numerous collaborative projects, arts festivals and exhibitions all around the world.