This 96-page softcover book is based on Barrie’s original novel and play, adapted and illustrated by Stephen (also known as Stref) and coloured by Fin Cramb, and is published with the full support of the Peter Pan copyright holder, Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Stephen’s illustrations for the graphic novel draw on original, authentic features from the Scottish locations that inspired Barrie to write his tale including Moat Brae House in Dumfries and the garden in Kirriemuir where he played as a boy.
Stephen is an Edinburgh-based illustrator, writer, and comic book artist who has worked for DC Thomson on projects such as The Dandy, The Beano, The Broons and Oor Wullie. His first graphic novel, MILK was published in 2009 and was followed by Raising Amy in 2011. He has also illustrated The Tattoo Fox series of books written by Alasdair Hutton and set around the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo.
To promote Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel Stephen will be doing a number of events over the forthcoming months –
Great Ormond Street Hospital Signing
On Wednesday 22 July 2015 Stephen will be doing a signing and workshop at the Great Ormond Street Hospital in London between 1100 to 1500. Details here.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
On Monday 24 August Stephen and colourist Fin Cramb will be talking about the creation of the book at the Edinburgh International Book Festival from 1715 to 1815. Details here.
Portobello Book Festival
On Saturday 3 October 2015 both Stephen and Fin will be talking about the book at the Portobello Book Festival in Edinburgh from 1215 to 1315. Details here
Lakes International Comic Art Festival
On Saturday 17 October 2015 Stephen will be at the Westmorland Shopping Centre for a free talk about the creation of the book from 1330 to 1430. Details here.
In addition to all these talks and workshops the Doubtfire Gallery in Edinburgh’s Georgian New Town (and housed in the former shop of the woman who inspired the book Madame Doubtfire and the film Mrs Doubtfire) currently has an exhibition of Peter Pan artwork including original pen and ink preparatory illustrations by Stephen as well as prints of the coloured pages by both Stephen and Fin. The exhibition also includes art from another Birlinn book Sixteen String Jack and the Garden of Adventure written by Tom Pow and illustrated by Ian Andrew. The exhibition is currently on and runs until Saturday 25 July with the gallery open Monday to Friday 10am – 5pm and Saturday 12 noon – 5pm. Entrance is free and all artwork on display is for sale. There are more details at the Doubtfire Gallery website.
There are more details of Peter Pan: The Graphic Novel at the Birlinn website.
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