Hannah Berry is Booktrust’s seventh online writer in residence and author of the books Britten and Brulighty and Adamtine. In this video, with Booktrust’s lovely web editor Nikesh, she explains why she prefers graphic novels, why she loves French cartoons and what the hell Adamtine is.
And if that wasn’t enough, Hannah will be doing an event at this year’s Comica Festival on 19th November at 7pm. Taking place at the Free Word Centre in London, Hannah and Paul Gravett will be in conversation with some of the country’s best graphic novelists.
Simone Lia, Sarah McIntyre, Glyn Dillon, Karrie Fransman and the legendary artist Dave McKean will also be in attendance.
Tickets are a mere £6 so click here to buy yours now.
On November 14th, Bristol Festival of Ideas will be hosting COMIC CREATIONS: An Evening with Jonathan Cape Graphic Novels.
It’s an impressive line-up, with a rare appearance from Alison Bechdel as well as lots of Cape staples such as Bryan and Mary Talbot and Simone Lia, in addition to newer authors such as Joff Winterhart and Karrie Fransman. There promises to be something to suit everyone’s taste!
Essentially a one night comic festival, there will be lots of events taking place throughout the evening - there are talks on a variety of topics, signings and a live drawing event too.
Karrie Fransman is hosting an exhibition at Orbital Comics, launching tonight. She’ll be pushing the boundaries of the comics medium and her exhibition explores the experimental side of the form. She’ll be in talks with Paul Gravett and Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, thinkabouting the history and future of experimental comics – both printed and digital.
If you read this blog (and live in London), you should probably be there.
The weather’s going to be fairly grim on Saturday, so you can forget about wandering around Regent’s Park or some other such posied patch. Instead, you should illuminate your Samedi by checking out the Illustration Day at Foyles on the Charing Cross Road. Simone Lia’s going to show you how to make a comic, Karrie Fransman will be teaching narrative life drawing, and Paul Gravett will be his usual fascinating self.
It’s competition time, once again…
In a fortnight, a crop of celebrated comics artists will descend on London for the Bandes Dessinées & Comics Passion Festival. Among the throngs you’ll find Guy Delisle giving a talk on his travels and travails, on Saturday 26 May. Jonathan Cape have teamed up with BD & Comics Passion Festival to offer you a chance to win tickets to this coveted event.
Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org, using RANDOM HOUSE COMPETITION as the subject/title of the message. A winner will be picked at random and notified soon. For more information, make your way to our website.
Karrie Fransman, from our sister imprint Square Peg (The House that Groaned), will be at the festival too. Her master-class ‘Creating and Selling Your Graphic Novels’ will help budding authors and illustrators get work ready to pitch to publishers and editors across the UK. It takes place on Sunday 27 May, between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Tonight the British Library are hosting a wondrous event dedicated to the art of illustration and some of the finest illustrators working today. Illuminate! will showcase an eclectic mixture of graphic novelists, cartoonists, children’s book illustrators, calligraphers – you name it.
Among many others, the pop-up exhibition will include work by Cape’s very own Bryan Talbot and Hannah Berry. The evening will also feature an event with Posy Simmonds and a workshop lead by upcoming Cape artist and winner of last year’s Cape/Observer/Comica Graphic Short Story Prize, Isabel Greenberg. Karrie Fransman, from our sister imprint Square Peg, will also be running a workshop on illuminated manuscripts. Not to mention Mr Scruff, whose work will be exhibited, and who’ll also be the DJ for the night.
All this plus a special screening of Oscar-nominated animated film The Secret of Kells; the world’s largest comic; masterclasses; bar and more. All in all, it promises to be a very special night.
This event is in association with House of Illustration and is part of the British Library’s Spring Festival, a five-day celebration of creativity, fashion and design.