A graphic novel for the Edinburgh Book Festival

Page1 Ch6It’s official! Project X is announced here! Kate Charlesworth and I have been quietly working on a chapter for a collaborative graphic novel called IDP: 2043 commissioned by the Edinburgh Festival. Denise Mina provided the scenario – after the Great Flood of 2032 – and distributed the six chapters to a team of writers and artists. The list of other contributors is pretty impressive: Pat Mills, Hannah Berry, Irvine Welsh, Dan McDaid, Denise Mina, Barroux, Adam Murphy and Will Morris.

The collaboration began behind the scenes in 2013, as part of the Stripped graphic novel events at the 30th Edinburgh International Book Festival. The story is set in Scotland 30 years on. It’s a dystopian future, where resources are scarce. The initials ‘IDP’ in the title stand for ‘Internally Displaced Persons’.

chicken of DoomDenise asked me to write the concluding chapter, so what could possibly go wrong? Ha! Well, I have to say that when I agreed to contribute it was with some trepidation at joining a group project with a tight deadline. But that was before I knew about the great professional line-up. The book will be launched at the festival in August, when we may finally get to meet one another!


Edinburgh International Book Festival

Edinburgh Festival logo25th August 2013
Bryan & Mary Talbot: From Judge Dredd to Steampunk via James Joyce
We were in discussion of Dotter of her Father’s Eyes and more in the ScottishPower Studio. Chaired by Teddy Jamieson.

Some reports here:
Edinburgh Spotlight
Stripped blog
Writer Pictures
Forbidden Planet blog (with video)
FPI Joe’s Report
metaphrog blog

1238158_10201625100884364_61757485_n9th Art Award Ceremony

I was also on the judging panel at the 9th Art Award Ceremony in the ScottishPower Studio.
Coverage here:

The Skinny

Edinburgh Festival

1186673_156876051179537_70935387_n1185053_155999674600508_1437255694_nOn the same day, we had a launch party for the Sequential graphic novel app. Available from iTunes.