Edinburgh International Book Festival announces comic guests, including George RR Martin

Author George RR Martin. Photo: Karolina Webb
Author George RR Martin. Photo: Karolina Webb

The programme for this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival was announced last week, featuring some 900 participants over two weeks, making it, probably, “the biggest book bash on Planet Earth” according to Forbidden Planet International’s Joe Gordon.

There isn’t as big a focus on comics as last year, but the Festival has retained the “Stripped” banner and used it for the comics related gigs, making them more visible in the enormous programme which includes events featuring several SF and fantasy authors including Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin (who has also adapted many of his works into comics) on 11th August. That event is is sure to sell out very quickly when tickets go on sale on 24th June.

Our correspondent Jeremy Briggs plans to cover the programme in detail, but guests that should command attention from downthetubes readers include Bryan and Mary Talbot along with Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Lee O’Malley and 2000AD founder Pat Mills (Pat joining Hannah Berry and others to launch the IDP2043 graphic novel over two panels.

 

Katie Green. Photo: Chris Bertram
Lighter than my Shadow author Katie Green is another Festival guest. Photo: Chris Bertram. Read our interview

Also in the line up is a celebration of Tove Jansson’s work on her 100th birthday, Phoenix Comic workshops, plus appearances by Katie Green and Matilda Tristram, Charlie Adlard and Robbie Morrison and others.

View the “Stripped” tagged events on the Edinburgh Book Festival 2014 website

• Festival tickets go on sale on 24th June 2014. Web: www.edbookfest.co.uk

John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. 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.