Treating Comics Seriously – Belfast’s Linen Hall Library

As part of their Northern Ireland Political Collection Lunchtime Lecture series, this week Belfast’s prestigious Linen Hall Library will feature talks on comics and political cartoons.

The Linen Hall Library, opposite Belfast’s City Hall, was founded in 1788 and is the oldest library in Northern Ireland’s capital city as well as being the last subscribing library in the island of Ireland.

On Tuesday 8 November 2011 Dr Gordon Gillespie will examine comic books and graphic novels produced in response and reaction to Northern Ireland’s political turbulence while on Friday 11 November Linen Hall Librarian John Killen will take his audience on an historical tour of political cartoons created throughout the 20th century.

Both lectures begin at 1pm and are free.

There are more details of the Linen Hall Library lunchtime lectures at the Linen Hall Library website.

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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