Award-winning graphic novel author Ravi Thornton heads to MancsterCon

Ravi Thornton, author of the graphic novel HOAX

Ravi Thornton, author of the graphic novel HOAX

MancsterCon has announced that author Ravi Thornton of Ziggy’s Press will be giving a talk on Friday 8th August, about her work and acclaimed graphic novel, HOAX Psychosis Blues.

Ravi Thornton is an award-winning cross-media writer from Manchester. She is keenly interested in narrative environment as storytelling device, and an active advocate of collaboration. Her new project, Circus, launches next year. Her current project HOAX has recently been shortlisted for the Medicine Unboxed Creative Prize.

Her first project, The Tale of Brin & Bent and Minno Marylebone, won Best Debut Book, Broken Frontier Awards and was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award. She was shortlisted for the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize and Winner of the Barry Reckord Bursary Award.

Ravi is also a founder of social enterprise Ziggy’s Wish, which aims to inspire empathy and understanding around social issues via collaborative cross-media storytelling.

“We’re especially pleased to get the chance to hear from an artist who makes collaboration a central part of her work,” say the event’s organisers, “bringing together narrative, ballet, animation and illustrative art to incorporate themes relating to issues from mental health to poverty and terrorism.”

MancsterCon, which takes place this weekend (8th – 10th August) is a weekend bonanza celebrating sequential art in all its forms where writers, artists, animators, otaku and cosplayers come along, sell and swap their wares, hear some talks, attend some workshops, show off their amazing outfits and generally have a good time.

• MancsterCon 2014 (http://mancstercon.wordpress.com) will be held from 8th-10th August at the Manchester Digital Laboratory. Tickets are available to buy from the event’s eventbrite page

• Ravi Thornton will be speaking at Terrace NQ from 2.30pm on Friday 8th August 2014. Check out her official web site at: http://ravithornton.com

 

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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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