(with thanks to Kenny Penman for the heads up): The Guardian newspaper is running a masterclass titled How to Write A Graphic novel in September, curated by graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero with tutors including Pat Mills, Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and several graphic novels, and comic book critic and historian Paul Gravett. Here’s the information – full details and booking form here on The Guardian web site.
An endlessly versatile artform which places no limits on the ambition of the storyteller, it has produced masterpieces as varied as Alan Moore’s legendary Watchmen and the groundbreaking graphic journalism of Joe Sacco’s Palestine.
Curated by graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero, this in-depth full-day seminar covers everything you could need to know, from the history of the artform to the mechanics of getting published. With tutors including the bestselling author and graphic novelist Audrey Niffenegger and comic book critic, historian and author Paul Gravett, you’ll learn about the unique possibilities the format offers, how to find and work with an illustrator, how to plan an original narrative or adapt an existing text, and how to visualise the finished pages.
The day also includes a primer on the realities of the graphic novel industry, making this an ideal all-round course for budding writers who’d like to try their hand at a graphic novel script. Other tutors include Professor of Illustration at the Royal College of Art Andrzej Klimowski, comics writer and curator Paul Gravett, and the co-creator of 2000AD, Pat Mills.
SelfMadeHero is a publisher of the finest fiction, biography, history and humour in the graphic novel medium that showcases leading authors and artists from around the world: from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound.
Andrzej Klimowski is Professor of Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited internationally, with work collected by museums in Europe and the United States. His acclaimed career has seen him designing film and theatre posters, as well as directing short, animated films in Warsaw plus designing covers for Penguin, Faber & Faber, Everyman Library and Oberon Books. His graphic novels include The Depository, The Secret and Horace Dorlan. He has adapted The Master and Margarita and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for SelfMadeHero.
Paul Gravett is Britain’s best-known comic book critic and historian and author of many books, including 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die and Great British Comics.
A Chicago native, Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has sold more than seven million copies worldwide and has been translated into 40 languages. Niffenegger is also the author of two ‘novels-in-pictures’, The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), and a graphic novel, The Night Bookmobile. Her latest book is the illustrated fairytale, Raven Girl, published by Jonathan Cape. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University’s Houghton Library.
Pat Mills (Facebook link) known by many as “the godfather of British comics”, is a British comics writer and editor who, along with John Wagner, revitalised British boys comics in the 1970s, and has remained a leading light in British comics ever since. He is best known for co-creating 2000AD and characters such as Slaine and Nemesis the Warlock.
Karrie Fransman has created comics for The Guardian, The Times and many other newspapers and magazines. Her acclaimed graphic novel, The House That Groaned, is published by Random House’s Square Peg imprint. She led the London Print Studio’s excellent graphic novel course in 2011 and 2012.
Date: Saturday 7 September 2013
Times: 9.30am-5pm. Check in begins 30 minutes before start time.
Location: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street London W1G 0AE
Price: £99 Early bird ticket (limited)
£119 Standard ticket (includes VAT, booking fees and refreshments)
Event capacity: 300
Dress code: There is no dress code for Masterclasses. Please dress however you feel comfortable.
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.