Festival Time In Edinburgh
As the Edinburgh Festivals kick into full swing for August 2008, there are several UK comics related items worth mentioning.
After gingerly dipping their toes into the flood of graphic novels last year, the Edinburgh International Book Festival
have made graphic novels a much larger part of their programming for this year. On Thursday 14 August comics historian Paul Gravett
, artist Robert Deas
and publisher Emma Hayley
will be discussing Manga Shakespeare
, while the next day the newest Dan Dare artist, Gary Erskine
, will be discussing his work in Want To Draw Comics?
On Tuesday 19th artist and designer Dave McKean
will be talking about his work while on Friday 22nd writer and artist Bryan Talbot
will be giving a Masterclass
on creating graphic novels beginning at 11am. Later the same day Bryan will discussing graphic novels with writer Alan Grant
and writer/artist Hannah Berry
. Posy Simmonds
will be talking about her work on Sunday 24th while artist Barrie Appleby
will be talking on Monday 25th about his work on The Beano
Bryan Talbot’s Masterclass and the Dave McKean, Gary Erskine and Barrie Appleby talks are already sold out which should bode well for similar comics and graphic novels programming being included in next year’s Festival. Details of the events can be found on the BookFest 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.