Hot on the heels of the Glasgow Film Festival with its impressive comics strand comes Aye Write! Glasgow’s Book Festival with an equally impressive selection of comics names appearing over the course of the festival’s nine days.
After his appearances at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last year, political cartoonist Steve Bell returns to Scotland to talk about his own work while no Glasgow festival these days would be complete without an appearance by writer Mark Millar. The last Saturday of the festival is busiest with DC Thomson writer and editor David Donaldson returning to Aye Write with his popular Broons and Oor Wullie team quiz, cartoonist David Shrigley talking about his work and, perhaps the highlight of the comics events, Asterix translator Anthea Bell will be talking about fifty years of the famous Gaul.
All the Aye Write! events take place in the Mitchell Library near Glasgow’s city centre. Tickets for each event are £8 for adults (£6 for concessions) and more details and booking instructions are on the Aye Write! website.
Saturday 5 March
In a talk illustrated by his brilliant cartoons he covers politics from the death of New Labour to the arrival of the ConLibDemolition. Steve Bell is our funniest cartoonist on politics, media and life. In a talk illustrated by his brilliant cartoons he covers politics from the death of New Labour to the arrival of the ConLibDemolition. Marvel at Gordon Brown’s progress from saviour of the world to the Rochdale disaster, ogle Silvio Berlusconi’s false breasts, celebrate the end of Dubya and cheer as Obama bounds on stage, thrill at the three party leaders’ hairstyles and gasp as Nick Clegg is buried beneath a humping heap of toads.
Monday 7 March
Multi award-winning writer Mark Millar has revamped the X-Men, launched a number one Spider-Man title, brought Captain America into the 21st century and made Superman a communist. He is the writer of the US industry’s biggest-selling comic book of the past decade, Marvel’s Civil War. His comic series Wanted and Kick-Ass were sold as movies before the first issues hit the stands. He talks about his work and takes questions from the audience.
The Broons and Oor Wullie: 75th Birthday
Saturday 12 March
Since 1936 The Broons and Oor Wullie have kept Scottish readers laughing at home and abroad. Now in the second quiz to be held at Aye Write!, (open to all the family) come and test your knowledge about our much loved characters, led by David Donaldson, scriptwriter of the The Broons and Oor Wullie for over three decades. Free and open to teams of no more than six. Prizes for the winners. Free tickets for this event are limited and only available from The Mitchell Library in person (Monday to Thursday 9am-8pm and Friday and Saturday 9am-5pm).
Saturday 12 March
Harry Hill said ‘If you’re looking for a humour/art crossover, then David Shrigley’s stuff is spot on’. In What the Hell are You Doing?, Shrigley provides a beautifully designed and darkly comic collection of work, bringing together the best of his work, old and new. He talks about this work in a celebration of the surreal world of one of our finest contemporary artists, now living and working in Glasgow.
A Tribute To Asterix
Saturday 12 March
Asterix the Gaul is over 50 years old in 2011. All 34 books remain immensely popular across Europe and have been made into films and television series. Anthea Bell, translator of the Asterix books, provides a tour of the work, joined by Rob Shearman, author of the 2005 Doctor Who episode Dalek and huge fan and (another fan) Stuart Kelly of Scotland on Sunday. So, come and join Asterix, Obelix, Dogmatix and others for ninety minutes of fun.
More details and booking instructions for all the events are on the Aye Write! website.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.