Aug 302014
 
"We were three perfectionists who never disagreed!" - Kate Charlesworth, Mary & Bryan Talbot at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Comics as a medium aren’t usually associated with the biography genre, despite having a proud heritage in that vein with the work of such celebrated creators as Alison Bechdel, Harvey Pekar and Art Spiegelman.  It came as something of a surprise, then, when Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, a graphic novel by husband-and-wife team Bryan [...]

Aug 262014
 
"I drew my first issue of 'The Walking Dead' in two weeks!" - Charlie Adlard at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Artist Charlie Adlard, best known for his epic ten-year (and counting) run on The Walking Dead comics, was in Edinburgh last week to discuss his work and inspirations at the International Book Festival.  Interviewed by David Bishop, his former editor at Judge Dredd Megazine, Adlard spoke about collaborating with Walking Dead scribe Robert Kirkman, the thrill of [...]

Aug 182014
 
"The monsters are mirrors for us" - M. R. Carey and Ken MacLeod at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

Have apocalyptic tropes like conspiracy theories and the living dead run their course in literature?  At an Edinburgh Book Festival event titled Breathing Life into Zombies, Mike Carey and Ken MacLeod answered this question with a resounding “no” as they discussed their new books and the ideas behind them.  Perhaps best known for his work [...]

Aug 182014
 
"All history is bloody" - George R R Martin at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

The landmark fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire is – in part – a response to the Tolkien imitators of the ’70s and ’80s, said author George R R Martin during his appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.  A jovial presence at two warmly-received events during the festival’s first week, Martin said [...]

Aug 022014
 
Inventing to Remember, Obscuring to Reveal: Surrealism and meaning in popular culture

The Voynich manuscript (so called) is one of the most profound mysteries in the history of literature.  Believed to have been written in the 15th century, it appears to be rendered in an entirely artificial language and is illuminated with strange drawings, the nature of which ranges from the biological and pharmaceutical to the astronomical [...]