With just over two weeks to go, expectations for Wonderlands, the UK’s first ever graphic novel expo are high. With a long list of guests that includes Posy Simmonds, Dave Gibbons, Hunt Emerson, Paul Gravett, Steve Bell and Dylan Horrocks, a full day of talks and panels on different aspects of the graphic novel form and an alternative schedule of workshops and master classes, this promises to be a unique event and Jeremy Briggs detailed the planned schedule here two weeks ago.
Wonderlands will take place on Saturday 30th May 2015 at the University of Sunderland’s Chester Road campus as part of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the first publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Wonderland in 1865 – an edition so rare that only 23 copies are known to survive today.
The publisher’s hall, hosting a range of exhibitors and publishers from biggies to small press, the showing of the documentary The Graphic Novel Man, the giant graphic novel ‘She Lives” being presented throughout the day by creator Woodrow Phoenix and a “how to” forum on self-publishing are all icing on the cake.
Being a one-day event means that attendees don’t have to stop overnight and, to top it off, the whole event is free, even the panels and workshops, though booking in advance for the workshops, through the website, is advisable, as places are limited.
Schedule organizer, writer/artist Bryan Talbot, who is also one of the founders of the Lakes International Comics Art Festival, said “For any lovers of the comics medium, or for artists in search of a publisher, this will be an unmissable event.”
• For more information visit: www.wonderlands.org.uk