Best known for his work with Alan Moore in creating the legendary Watchmen graphic novel – one of the biggest-selling graphic novels of all time – Dave heads up WoW’s 2016 exploration of all things science fiction. Regarded as one of the world’s most talented comic artists, his creations include the Watchmen characters American Belle, Green Man, Rorsach and Nite Owl. Starting his career at DC Thomson after working a number of comic fanzines, he has contributed to many iconic comics, including Doctor Who, 2000AD, Batman, Green Lantern and is the creator of his own graphic novel, The Originals featuring hover-scooter riding Mods and Rockers.His most recent collaborations include the graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service, with Mark Millar, also a major feature film starring Samuel L. Jackson, and Masks, with Gillian Flynn, author of the global bestseller Gone Girl. Described by Author Lev Grossman as “a genius” in Time magazine, and as “one of the major comic book artists of the 21st century, or the 20th, or really any other century you care to name”, expect a great night as Dave reveals more about his career and some tricks of the trade.
Dave Gibbons appearance is the first of many for WoWFest 2016, which will be all about exploring the future past and present (well, it’s all relative isn’t it, Einstein?) through science fiction, super heroes, graphic novels, comics and… a Time Machine! What can SF teach us about climate change or our climate of fear; what is the long term effect of smartphones and surveillance?
The Festival will be featuring the best of SF classics, voyaging into the wonderful world of Afrofuturism, Cover Girls and Girl’s Comics, technologies for creating and living, and, as ever, tilting to the future with a whole star ship full of new and up and coming writers.
Established in 2000, Writing on the Wall is part of the National Arts Portfolio and is the longest standing literature festival in Liverpool and is an important part of the cultural landscape of the North West. Writing on the Wall will be celebrating its 17th festival this year, which will run for the whole of May and typically culminates around 35 events. WoW Fest 2016 hosts local, national and international writers, performers, artists and commentators whose work provokes controversy and debate.
WOW is unique in that they provide the opportunity to both high profile national and international guests as well as local talent and communities to promote and share their own writing, art and talent. Writing on the Wall celebrates writing in all its forms including literature, creative writing, journalism and non-fiction, poetry, songwriting, and storytelling.