graphic novels

Meet the World of Graphic Fiction

Do you want to know more about writing for comics and graphic novels?

For this Arts Council England funded event (on Thursday 21 July 2016 in London), the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain (WGGB) has brought together a panel of graphic novelists and publishers to tell you about the business and processes involved in the world of comics and graphic novels.

The panel will discuss:

  • How a writer and illustrator work together
  • How best to approach publishers
  • The changes and developments in this burgeoning industry
  • The joys and challenges of writing for comics and graphic novels

The panel:

Jamie Rhodes will chair the event. He is a writer and WGGB member who recently made the transition from writing in prose and screen to writing for graphic fiction. He spent the first four months of this year as Writer in Residence at the National Trust’s Scotney Castle in Kent, writing his graphic novel, A Castle in England, to be published by Nobrow Press in February 2017.

Karrie Fransman is a graphic novelist and comic creator. Her comic strips and graphic stories have been published in The Guardian, The Times, Time Out, The Telegraph, The New Statesman, by The Young Vic, Psychologies Magazine, The Arts Council Create Magazine and for The British Red Cross. Her graphic novel, The House That Groaned, was published by Penguin Random House’s Square Peg. It was chosen as Graphic Novel of the Month in The Observer. She developed an award-winning comic, Over under sideways down about an Iranian teenage refugee, for The British Red Cross. Her new graphic novel Death of the Artist was published by Jonathan Cape in 2015.

Nicola Streeten (who also uses the name Nicola Plowman) is an anthropologist-turned-illustrator and comics scholar. Her graphic memoir, Billy, Me & You (2011, Myriad Editions) received a British Medical Association Award in 2012. Her PhD research is the cultural history of British feminist comics 1970-2016. She is also co-founder of Laydeez do comics – an international forum for the presentation and discussion of comics works.

Sam Arthur (MD of Nobrow Press & Flying Eye Books). Nobrow is an award-winning publishing house which burst into existence in 2008. Since its inception Nobrow Ltd. has sought to make great design, ground-breaking art and narrative, luscious production values and environmental consciousness central to its mission. They have played with concepts, narratives, genres, formats, printing methods, production processes and design in ways that have come to redefine the standards of quality in visual publishing the world over.

Additional panellists to be announced.

Tickets are free to members of the WGGB, and for non-members cost £10/£5 concessions, plus a small Eventbrite ticket-handling fee. The discussion will close with an audience Q&A and entry to the event includes a free drink afterwards.

Book your place here.

Find out more about how to join WGGB as a Full Member or as a Candidate Member.

The event takes place on Thursday 21 July, 7-10pm, St Alban’s Centre, 18 Brooke Street, London EC1N 7RD.