A panel from "Illegal" the graphic novel by writers Eoin Colfer and Andrew Donkin, and artist Giovanni Rigano

Graphic novel “Illegal” nominated for Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal

Nominations have just been published for the country’s oldest children’s book awards, the Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal – and both lists include nominations for Illegal, the graphic novel written by former Irish Children’s Laureate Eoin Colfer and children’s author and graphic novelist Andrew Donkin, illustrated by Italian artist, Giovanni Rigano. The nominations in bothContinue reading Graphic novel “Illegal” nominated for Carnegie Medal and the Kate Greenaway Medal

Comics @ Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Tickets go on sale today for events at the largest literary festival in the world, the Edinburgh International Book Festival which this year runs in the Scottish capital from 12 to 28 August. As ever BookFest has a selection of comics related talks and workshops, mainly under its theme of Stripped, named for the majorContinue reading Comics @ Edinburgh International Book Festival 2017

Sarah McIntyre - Isolated Illustrator Face

The Loneliness of the Long Distance Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre on How to Beat It

How on earth did I miss the news that illustrator and writer Sarah McIntyre is now Writer in Residence at BookTrust, the UK’s largest children’s reading charity? My belated and heartiest congratulations on this new role, which she took up in February. Sarah now has a new blog for BookTrust, which, as well as fun stuff like “How to DrawContinue reading The Loneliness of the Long Distance Illustrator: Sarah McIntyre on How to Beat It

Here's a special poster of the fifth anniversary Phoenix cover

Happy Fifth Birthday to The Phoenix comic!

Rising from the ashes of sad demise of The DFC, there were some that doubted the weekly The Phoenix comic would endure any longer than its predecessor – but the naysayers have been proven wrong and this week the title celebrates its fifth anniversary with a special cover digitally signed by the many creators whoContinue reading Happy Fifth Birthday to The Phoenix comic!

Lakes International Comic Art Festival 24x7 Anthology

Delight For Brits nominated for Eisner Awards

The list of nominees for this year’s Eisner Awards has been announced and includes a number of British creators – and a nomination for the anthology 24 By 7, edited by Dan Berry and published by Fanfare, featuring strips created during the Lakes International Comic Art Festival‘s 24 Hour Comics Marathon in 2014. “Hand Me Down,” byContinue reading Delight For Brits nominated for Eisner Awards