Eddie Campbell and Audrey Niffenegger will be heading up a comics event exploring the bizarre nature of romance and relationships in a mixture of comic strips and illustrated prose at the British Library in London in April, at a talk chaired by publisher and comics expert Paul Gravett.
Internationally bestselling author Audrey Niffenegger and her husband, graphic artist Eddie Campbell, discuss their new collaboration Bizarre Romance, published by Penguin Books, and other recent works.
Bizarre Romance is a quirky, irreverent collection that celebrates and satirises love of all kinds. It explores the good, the bad, the ugly and the just plain weird – with Niffenegger’s sharp, imaginative prose and Campbell’s diverse comic styles, always with a sense of humour and cosmic justice.
Eddie Campbell also discusses the discoveries in his other new book The Goat Getters: Jack Johnson, the Fight of the Century, and How a Bunch of Raucous Cartoonists Reinvented Comics, which throws new light on the rambunctious origins of American comics.
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and writer who lives mostly in Chicago and occasionally in London. She has published six books, including the novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry. She helped to found the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. Her art has been exhibited by Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1986.
She is a Professor in the Fiction Department of Columbia College whose recent projects include a ballet, Raven Girl, based on her novel of the same title, in collaboration with Wayne McGregor for the Royal Opera House Ballet.
Eddie Campbell is a Scottish comics artist, probably best known as the illustrator and publisher of From Hell (written by Alan Moore). Campbell is also the creator of the semi-autobiographical Alec stories collected in Alec: The Years Have Pants, and Bacchus (aka Deadface), a wry adventure series about the few Greek gods who have survived to the present day.
Paul Gravett is a writer, historian and curator specialising in international comics. He has written Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life and Comics Art, and edited 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Britain and abroad, including retrospectives of Tove Jansson and Posy Simmonds, and co-curated Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK for the British Library, co-writing the accompanying book.
• Bizarre Romance: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell 7.00 – 8.30 Tuesday 10th April 2018 Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB | Book tickets here | Price: Full Price: £15.00 Member: £10.00 Senior 60+: £12.00 Student: £10.00 Registered Unemployed: £10.00 Under 18: £10.00 Friend of the British Library: £10.00
Photobooth Image: Audrey Niffenegger and Eddie Campbell © Audrey Niffenegger
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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.