On Wednesday 29 October 2008, beginning at 6.00 pm, visiting lecturer Dr Laurence Grove of the University of Glasgow will give a talk entitled Sexier than the President’s Wife: French Comics. This will explore the history of bande dessinée, giving an insight into French comics for those who have little or no experience of them and touching upon the ways in which the French comics culture differs from comics traditions in other countries.
The talk will take place in the University of Dundee’s Baxter Conference Suite, Room 1.36, 1st floor Tower Building. The talk is open to the public and entrance is free.
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.