Having previously pointed out the lack of adult discussion of comics or graphic novels, as opposed to political cartoons, at the 2010 Edinburgh International Book Festival, it is good to see that BookFest has now added writer Alan Moore to their programme – even if their website lists “V for Victory” (sic) as one of “Alan Moore’s legendary cartoons”.
Moore will be in conversation with the Guardian’s If artist Steve Bell at 3:30pm on Tuesday 24 August in an event entitled The Politics Of Cartoons: How To Avoid Hollywood. This is described as “a conversation with Steve Bell to discuss superheroes, politics and the influence of writers such as Philip K Dick, William Burroughs and Thomas Pynchon”.
The following day, Wednesday 25 August, sees Moore join the final events of the Story Machines thread at 8:30pm. In Story Machines: The Last Chapter – Are Stories The Building Blocks Of All We Know, author and screenwriter Charlie Fletcher “brings together some of the day’s participants including William Nicholson and Alan Moore for a debate about the power of Story, and how we can put our storytelling powers to better use.”
Each of the events lasts 1 hour and tickets are £10 per person per event.
The other comics events at the BookFest are covered here and we are pleased to report that both Glenn Dakin’s and Garen Ewing’s comic workshops are already sold out. Indeed Garen’s event has proved so popular that it sold out within 12 hours of the tickets going on sale.
More details of all the events as well as tickets are available from the Edinburgh International Book Festival website.