Graphic Brighton celebrates the community of those writing, drawing, creating and publishing comics in Brighton with panel talks, one to one surgeries, Q and A’s, interactive presentations and hands-on workshops all delivered by artists, writers and publishers from and around Brighton.
The day will open and close with panel talks: the first explores how Brighton has become such a vibrant comics community with discussions from contributors to QueenSpark’s Brighton: The Graphic Novel Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt and local writers Daniel Locke, Paul O’Connell and Nye Wright. The second, following on from local publisher Myriad’s First Graphic Novel Award at the British Library and including contributions from David Lloyd, Corinne Pearlman (Myriad), Nicola Streeten, Ian Williams, Hannah Berry and Hannah Eaton, exploring what makes a good graphic novel.
The morning offers a choice of illustrated talks. Nye Wright will host a talk exploring some of his work, including his graphic novel Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park. Dan Locke will reflect on a project with St. Martins Tours, a comic made as a result of an artist’s residency at a housing association in London. John Higgins, a 2000AD alumnus, a renowned colourist (with work on Watchmen and Batman: The Killing Joke) presents a talk around his own writings and, in particular, his SciFi / horror series RazorJack.
The creator of the iconic V for Vendetta mask David Lloyd will talk about what makes a good graphic novel.
Paul Collicutt, known for his works The Murder Mile and Robot City, is conducting one-to-one sessions with budding writers and artists. If you would like to have Paul look at your work, please email Sarah Hutchings of QueenSpark Press before 24 May 2014 to book a session.
Alex Fitch talks to the award winning illustrator and writer, Chris Riddell, about his parallel careers as a children's illustrator and political cartoonist.
The afternoon offers a choice of interactive presentations and hands-on workshops. Paul O’Connell, Neil Evans (aka Nelson Evergreen) and Lawrence Elwick look at silent comics and how to tell a story without using dialogue or narration. Hannah Berry explores ways of developing characters in a story, giving them a stronger identity and creating empathy with the audience.
Authors and illustrators that will be there on the day:
Please forward general enquiries to: C21Writings@brighton.ac.uk
Curated by Barbara Chamberlin, Paul Slater and Alex Fitch (College of Arts and Humanities)
Saturday 24 May 2014, 10.00-5.00
Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN2 0JY
In the lead up to Graphic Brighton, Alex Fitch, has kindly let us have access to his vault of interviews of comic book author and illustrator.
David Lloyd, Daniel Locke, Joe Decie, Nye Wright and Tim Pilcher on Brighton