Well, in just under three weeks, we’re off to Guernsey for two pre- literary festival events. Never been to the Channel Islands before, so we’re looking forward to it very much. Bryan will no doubt be twitchy about leaving his drawing board for more than a few hours, mind. We’re going there for an event on Saturday 12th September called A Life in Graphic Novels at the Guille-Allès Library. They’ve also invited us to the opening of an exhibition in the library later that day on The Art of The Graphic Novel: Adapted & Inspired. In fact, they moved the opening event from the Friday to Saturday, so that we could attend, which was lovely of them.The exhibition includes some artwork from Bryan’s Alice in Sunderland (inspired, of course, by Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland), as well as some of Mark Stafford’s pages from The Man Who Laughs (written by David Hine and inspired by Victor Hugo’s L’Homme qui rit).
The Guernsey Literary Festival organisers were no doubt inspired to put on a graphic-novel exhibition by the Hugo connection. Hugo wrote L‘Homme qui rit during his long exile in Guernsey.
So, stealing a quiz question that opens coverage of the exhibition in the Guernsey Press: what’s the link between Guernsey and Batman, eh?