Aye Write!, Glasgow’s Book Festival, run by Glasgow Council’s libraries department at the Mitchell Library is much smaller than Edinburgh’s International Book Festival but normally turns up some comics talks and this year is no exception.
Writing For Graphic Novels
Friday 9 March
After a poorly advertised, and hence poorly attended, talk with Pat Mills at last year’s Edinburgh BookFest, writer Rodge Glass “discusses the process of writing a graphic novel: the challenges of collaboration between writer and artist, and gives tips and advice on making your graphic novel a success.”
Martin Rowson: Guliver’s Travels
Tuesday 13 March
Guardian and Independent political cartoonist Martin Rowson “follows Gulliver’s descendant in a new book that is both a homage to the original and an entirely up-to date indictment of the same, enduring human idiocies that enraged Swift so magnificently and memorably.”
In addition to the main programme the festival also runs schools events at which Sandra Marrs and John Chalmers of Metaphrog will be running two graphic novel workshops on Thursday 15 March for secondary school year 1 and 2 pupils.
There are more details of Aye Write! and how to buy tickets 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.