With the imminent publication of our new book, we already have a string of promotional events lined up for May. The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia is our latest collaboration and on the 5th – its official release date – there’s what promises to be a fascinating evening at the House of Illustration in London. We’ll be in conversation with Kate Evans and Alex Butterworth. Kate’s recent graphic novel is Red Rosa: a graphic biography of Rosa Luxemburg; Alex’s recent book is The World That Never Was: A True Story of Dreamers, Schemers, Anarchists and Secret Agents; between us, we’ll be considering the comics medium and what it can bring to our understanding of history, biography and politics. Follow the links in the titles for details of each of these events:
Thursday 5th May, 7pm
The Red Virgin and Red Rosa: Radical Graphic Novels.
The evening before that, Bryan and I will be doing a presentation on the Red Virgin at the Cartoon Museum:
Wednesday 4th May, 6.30pm
The Red Virgin.
Later in the month, I’ll be making two appearances at the Bradford Literature Festival. It’s a litfest that we haven’t attended before – pleased to see that there’s a good number of comics-related events there. On the 21st, I’ll be joining Asia Alfasi, Kripa Joshi, Corinne Pearlman on a panel hosted by Paul Gravett:
Saturday 21st May, 11am
Comix Creatrix: Women on the Cutting Edge of Comics.
Then, on the following day, Bryan will join me to talk about our work in general and our latest collaborative project in particular:
Sunday 22nd May, 12.30pm
The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia.
I’ve posted about Wonderlands returning to Sunderland already. The UK’s Graphic Novel Expo is happening on the last Saturday in May again, which this year is the 28th. Check out the Wonderlands website for the full schedule and guests, including details of the events mentioned below.
In the morning, Bryan will be on a panel with Karrie Fransman, Woodrow Phoenix and Darryl Cunningham. Chaired by Paul Gravett, it’s about creating graphic novels as writer, artist, letterer, colourist and overall designer:
Saturday 28th May
10.30am Graphic Novel Auteurs.
I’ll be presenting our new book again:
12.30pm The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia.
Later in the afternoon, I’ll join a panel of creators who work in the fields of biography and autobiography, to discuss what it’s like to write fact-based stories. The other panellists are Kate Charlesworth, Una, Darryl Cunningham and Suzy Varty, with Mel Gibson as chair:
2.30pm Real Life Graphic Novels.
Finally, Bryan will wrap up the day with his ever-evolving talk on the Grandville graphic novel series of steampunk detective thrillers and the venerable, ongoing tradition of anthropomorphic characters in illustration and comics from which they have grown:
4.30pm Grandville and the Anthropomorphic Tradition.
We recently put together a ‘Director’s Commentary’ for FPI’s blog about the process of creating Red Virgin, which is available to view here. I’m sure we’ll be fitting in signings in London and elsewhere during the month. Once I have any details of these, I’ll add them into this post and the Events list.