Events

Sep 062013
 
Neil Gaiman: "Sandman was impossible....but none of us knew it!" (EIBF 2013)

As guest selector at the 2013 Edinburgh International Book Festival, celebrated fantasy author Neil Gaiman was the subject of no less than four events, each celebrating a different aspect of his literary work.  Geekzine’s final event of this venerable festival was the one at which he discussed his comic book masterpiece The Sandman, which originally […]

Aug 282013
 
Grant Morrison: "Dan Dare was a fascist!" (EIBF 2013)

Grant Morrison began his talk at the Edinburgh International Book Festival last Friday by praising another giant of the comics industry, namely writer/artist Bryan Talbot.  In particular, he insisted that Talbot deserves greater recognition for the early work he did on Near Myths, a “weird and trippy” sci-fi magazine published in Edinburgh in the late […]

Aug 262013
 
Paul Gravett's History of Comic Books (EIBF 2013)

Veteran comics editor Paul Gravett enthralled the audience at Edinburgh’s International Book Festival on Friday with his passionate presentation on the history of comic books.  Gravett, who recently edited the mammoth 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die compilation, appeared as part of the festival’s ‘Stripped‘ theme, and spoke of the amazing leaps and bounds […]

Aug 222013
 
James Kakalios: "Quite often, comic books get the science right!" (EIBF 2013)

Celebrated physicist and comic book geek James Kakalios was at the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Monday night to give a talk about some of the scientific ideas explored in his two books, The Physics of Superheroes and The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics.  Appearing as part of the festival’s ‘Stripped‘ theme – celebrating the world of comic […]

Aug 202013
 
Edinburgh World Writers' Conference 2012-13 (EIBF 2013)

Celebrated sci-fi author China Miéville spoke about the “geekification of popular culture”, and his desire to build a counter-history of popular literature through the “books that don’t fit” at the World Writers’ Conference event, hosted by the Edinburgh International Book Festival on Saturday.  The event as a whole was rather directionless; despite acting as a […]

Aug 162013
 
Joe Sacco: "I operate a lot on anger" (EIBF 2013)

Journalist and cartoonist Joe Sacco used his appearance at the Edinburgh International Book Festival to talk about the unique strengths of graphic reportage, the importance of “honest journalism” and the power of outrage.  His most famous works, the harrowing travelogue Palestine and the Bosnian war chronicle Safe Area Gorazde, have set the benchmark in comic book […]