Maggie Gray’s new Alan Moore study to get launch at one day “Original Writer” conference

Alan Moore, Out from the Underground

Out next month is Alan Moore, Out from the Underground by Maggie Gray and the book gets its launch on Saturday 17th March at the University of London.

The launch is part of the conference taking place that day, The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore, organised by Bob Eaglestone and the Humanities & Arts Research Institute at Royal Holloway.

Perhaps the world’s leading writer of comics and graphic novels, Alan Moore is credited with revolutionising the medium; the ‘original writer’ for several major science fiction or historical (or, in one case, both) films; the author of a widely-reviewed novel, Jerusalem (2016) and a major (counter-)cultural figure.

The aim of this academic conference is to attend to his writing as writing: to examine what core ideas influence him; his influences and antecedents; to explore questions of form, mode and genre; and to investigate his wider role and context as writer.

Speakers include: Dr Harriet Earle (Sheffield Hallam University), Dr Tony Venezia (Birkbeck, University of London), Professor Robert Eaglestone (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Dr Maggie Gray (Kingston University).

• The Original Writer: Reading Alan Moore Saturday 17th March 2018 | Full booking details and time table here on Eventbrite

• The launch of Alan Moore, Out from the Underground takes place on the same day between 5-6pm at the Senate House, University of London (Room 104)


John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", currently working as a freelance editor for TITAN COMICS, as Creative Consultant on the new DAN DARE audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the LAKES INTERNATIONAL COMIC ART FESTIVAL and LANCASTER COMICS DAY. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years, starting out at Marvel UK, where he edited a number of the Genesis 1992 books with Paul Neary. His numerous credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines, where he was Managing Editor. He also edited STRIP Magazine and worked as an editor on several audio comics for ROK Comics, including TEAM M.O.B.I.L.E. and THE BEATLES STORY. Most recently he is writing CRUCIBLE as a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and DEATH DUTY and SKOW DOGS with Dave Hailwood for the digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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