Stripped Festival offers early release of collected ‘Young Avengers’

Young Avengers

Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie’s take on Marvel’s Young Avengers has been widely credited as one of the most innovative and exciting comic series of the year.

Young Avengers Volume 1 – collecting the first five issues of the comic – is due for release on 10th September, but in a rare move, Marvel have agreed to release advance copies for sale in the Edinburgh International Book Festival’s Book Shop. Gillen and McKelvie are due to appear at the Festival on Saturday 24th August and fans will now be able to get an exclusive copy of the graphic novel signed by its creators after the event.

Young Avengers Volume 1 is available in the Book Festival’s Book Shop in Charlotte Square Gardens, Edinburgh.

As we’ve been reporting, this year the Edinburgh International Book Festival celebrates comics, graphic novels and the people who create them in Stripped, a major new strand for 2013. With the focus on the final weekend of the Festival, over 40 events lay bare the incredible scope of comics and graphic novels being produced today, giving audiences a fantastic opportunity to meet the writers and artists behind this surprising, witty and insightful literary form.

• The Edinburgh International Book Festival continues until Monday 26th August. Full details of the programme, and all tickets, can be found at, additional Stripped news and information can be found at @StrippedFest or

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. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek 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.

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