Comics done by the community

Sep 042014
Stimulating Creative Disobedience: Paul Gravett and John Dunning at the Edinburgh International Book Festival

It’s impossible not to feel passionate about comic books after spending an hour in the presence of Paul Gravett and John Dunning.  Their infectious devotion to the artform shone through during their appearance on the penultimate day of the 2014 Edinburgh Book Festival, where they spoke at length about the British Library exhibition they co-curated […]

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 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 […]

May 042014
COMIC REVIEW:  'RASL' by Jeff Smith

A man, wounded and bleeding, stumbles through the Sonoran desert, the sun beating down mercilessly from on high.  He is alone, with nothing but rocks and cacti between him and the horizon.  Stopping briefly to ponder the situation in which he finds himself, he casts his gaze up to the daylit moon, which becomes in […]

Apr 242014
REVIEW: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (12A) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Chris Cooper. Running time: 142 mins approx.  So, cards on the table – I’m a massive Spider-Man fan, always have been. As a child of the 80’s and based in the UK, my exposure whilst growing up […]