Wednesday, 13 April 2011

London Book Fair 2011

Visited the London Book Fair @ Earl's Court on Monday 11 April.

Busy place, busy people.

Attended seminar 'Graphic Novels as Literature' chaired by Paul Gravett (Comica) with speakers:
Angus Cargill (Faber & Faber)
Dan Franklin (Jonathan Cape)
John Harris Dunning (writer published by Walker Books)
Kevin O'Neill Illustrator and Co-creater of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (Wildstorm/DC)

The seminar panel held the position that graphic storytelling could be classed as highly as literature even classic in some cases. It was noted that a lot of snobbery against graphic novels was beginning to disappear as the medium grows and becomes identified with adult themes as opposed to Superheroes.

Books of note

Fun Home - Alison Bechdel
Jimmy Corrigan - Chris Ware
Footnotes in Gaza - Joe Sacco
Shortcomings - Adrian Tomine
Walking the Dog - David Hughes
Horace Dorlan - Andrzej Klimowski
Ghost World - Dan Clowes

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