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Hope you haven’t forgotten that it’s The Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend. Kicking off tomorrow, the beautiful town of Kendal will be hosting a whole load of events featuring all our favourite illustrators.

From the genius that is Bryan Talbot to the new wave of British talent - Hannah Berry, Stephen Collins, Isabel Greenberg and SJ Harris, to name a few - there’s clearly an event for every one. Oh, and one last thing… Joe Sacco will be there too.

More information on events and tickets here.

*runs away to book tickets*

Can’t stop laughing at this. Kind of wish we had one of those cobra cars (tanks?) though… they look pretty snazzy.

Can’t stop laughing at this. Kind of wish we had one of those cobra cars (tanks?) though… they look pretty snazzy.

(Source: theguardian.com)

It’s a good month for Jonathan Cape. 
Which of these are you most excited for?

It’s a good month for Jonathan Cape.

Which of these are you most excited for?

So, it turns out that Fun Home by Alison Bechdel has been transformed into a musical! Exciting news!
Sadly for us Brits, it’s on in the fine city of New York. Which is rather a long way away from the Jonathan Cape office in London. Sad face.
Americans, New Yorkers! Will you be going to see it? If you do, tell us what it was like! Meanwhile, we’ll cross our fingers, hoping the show will cross the pond at some point in the future.
More information and a couple of fun photos over at Alison Bechdel’s blog.

So, it turns out that Fun Home by Alison Bechdel has been transformed into a musical! Exciting news!

Sadly for us Brits, it’s on in the fine city of New York. Which is rather a long way away from the Jonathan Cape office in London. Sad face.

Americans, New Yorkers! Will you be going to see it? If you do, tell us what it was like! Meanwhile, we’ll cross our fingers, hoping the show will cross the pond at some point in the future.

More information and a couple of fun photos over at Alison Bechdel’s blog.

Coming in Jan 2014 Polina by Bastien Vives

Coming in Jan 2014 Polina by Bastien Vives

If you’re in London on Friday 27th we would love to see you at the launch of ‘The Encyclopedia of Early Earth’

If you’re in London on Friday 27th we would love to see you at the launch of ‘The Encyclopedia of Early Earth’

Warren Pleece at the Stripped Edinburgh Festival

I was privileged recently, to be a guest at Stripped, part of the Edinburgh Book Festival’s celebration of comics and graphic novels where I gave zombie drawing workshops for blood-thirsty kids, discussed my latest Cape published graphic novel, Montague Terrace and was part of a celebratory panel on the history of the Galaxy’s Greatest Comic (discuss?), 2000AD. Not only was it a great atmosphere and celebration of storytelling, but it was also rewarding to see comics given the floor space alongside more established authors, who, let’s face it, can’t even draw.

On Friday night, wearing my zombie illustrator’s hat from the Darren Shan Zom-B book series of I’m currently working on, I gave a master class in the best ways to draw half eaten teachers and undead friends to an enthusiastic lot of eager and positively sick kids. I even got the occasional parent and events organiser to dust off previously deceased drawing skills in our ‘drawing gore in black and white therapy session’. This was great fun and the kids produced some truly disgustingly gruesome artwork.

An hour later and dodging past Monty ‘The Don’ Don in the star-studded Author’s yurt, I donned my Cape cape and Montague Terrace hat to share the stage with Harker author Roger Gibson for a conversation on how we both represent and are influenced by London in our respective books. Despite only having just met, it was a good discussion on our shared and differing inspirations, from classic film to 70s Cop shows.

And after a Saturday watching the great Judith Kerr in conversation, scooting around the buzzing city with my wife and son and catching a Leonardo Davinci exhibition, I wound up on the Sunday as part of a panel including fellow Cape authors Robbie Morrison and Jim Murray, creators of recently published Drowntown and writer Dan Abnett to discuss the history of 2000 AD, hosted by former Tharg, David Bishop. A good turn out, some laughs were had and books were signed. Though no 9th Art graphic novel prizes were won. Next year maybe?

A big thank you to all the organisers, the events managers, Robbie and Deb for the stories, everyone I spoke (rambled) to and the guy at the hotel who recommended the Whiskey for making it a truly memorable event.

Hurrah! We’re very happy to announce that Stephen Collins has scooped up the 9th Art Award beating an incredible selection of shortlisted titles. The 9th Art Award is given to the year’s best English language graphic novel and was announced at a ceremony during the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Here’s a video of Stephen accepting the award and a photograph of him with a hamper of Scottish comics goodness. (We’re totes jealous about the hamper…)

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