An endlessly versatile artform which places no limits on the ambition of the storyteller, it has produced masterpieces as varied as Alan Moore’s legendary Watchmen and the groundbreaking graphic journalism of Joe Sacco’s Palestine.
Curated by graphic novel publisher SelfMadeHero, this in-depth full-day seminar covers everything you could need to know, from the history of the artform to the mechanics of getting published. With tutors including the bestselling author and graphic novelist Audrey Niffenegger and Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, you’ll learn about the unique possibilities the format offers, how to find and work with an illustrator, how to plan an original narrative or adapt an existing text, and how to visualise the finished pages. The day also includes a primer on the realities of the graphic novel industry, making this an ideal all-round course for budding writers who'd like to try their hand at a graphic novel script. Other tutors include Professor of Illustration at the Royal College of Art Andrzej Klimowski, comics writer and curator Paul Gravett, and the creator of 2000 AD Pat Mills.
SelfMadeHero is a publisher of the finest fiction, biography, history and humour in the graphic novel medium that showcases leading authors and artists from around the world: from the quirky and humorous to the political and profound.
Martin Rowson is one of Britain's most-loved and best-known satirists. His distinctively left-wing, scathing cartoon style of satire means that his work is published regularly in the Guardian and the Daily Mirror, and has earned him the honorary title of London’s 'Cartoonist Laureate'. Rowson has penned several novels, including Snatches, Stuff (Samuel Johnson Prize, longlisted) and The Dog Allusion: Gods, Pets and How to Be Human. His graphic novel credits include FUCK: The Human Odyssey, The Waste Land, Tristram Shady and Gulliver's Travels.
Andrzej Klimowski is Professor of Illustration at the Royal College of Art, London. He has exhibited internationally, with work collected by museums in Europe and the United States. His acclaimed career has seen him designing film and theatre posters, as well as directing short, animated films in Warsaw plus designing covers for Penguin, Faber & Faber, Everyman Library and Oberon Books. His graphic novels include The Depository The Secret and Horace Dorlan. He has adapted The Master and Margarita and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for SelfMadeHero.
Paul Gravett is Britain's best-known comic book critic and historian and author of many books, including 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die and Great British Comics.
Audrey Niffenegger is an American writer, artist and academic.
Pat Mills is a British comics writer, editor and creator of 2000 AD.
Date: Saturday 7 September 2013
Venue: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street London W1G 0AE
Price: £99 Early bird ticket (limited)
£119 Standard ticket (includes VAT, booking fees and refreshments)
Event capacity: 300
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Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.
Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.
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