Graphic novels

Getting South Asians into graphic novels
Frustrated by the lack of South Asians in comic books, Sha Nazir founded BHP Comics, Scotland's only independent graphic novel publisher.

Kendal festival director called up to help in Los Angeles

Julie Tait, who set up the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, has been asked to be assistant director of a new festival in Huntington beach, just south of Los Angeles in Southern California.

The festival is being run by the National Cartoonists Society, and will involve taking over three blocks of Main Street and the town's pier on the Pacific Ocean.

Cartoon of Main street during festival
Luke McGarry

NCSFest Director Steve McGarry said it was probably the most ambitious comic arts festival ever held in North America.

We were hugely impressed with the work that Julie Tait has done, in a very short time, in establishing The Lakes International Comic Arts Festival as the UK’s premier festival, so we are delighted that Julie and her team have agreed to lend their expertise.”

Steve McGarry
Why do autistic people really love manga?
The My Shop series visits TokyoToys in Glasgow, which specialises in Japanese manga comic merchandise and draws a diverse range of customers.
Visitors attend the 42nd Angouleme International Comics Festival (Festival international de la bande dessinee d'Angouleme) on Friday 30, 2015 in Angouleme, central France

A prestigious award for graphic novelists in France, the Grand Prix d'Angouleme, is facing calls for a boycott after its list of nominees failed to include any women.

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Just one artist out of 70, cramming into Kendal festival

Mikio Poczek is a German-Japanese comic book artist, and is just one of 70 featuring at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival in Kendal this weekend.

Mikiko demonstrating her work.

With guests ranging from top artists in fields such as Japanese Manga, and graphic novels, to Scottish crime novelist Ian Rankin, best known for his Inspector rebus but also a fan of comic art who has written a script himself, the festival is bigger than ever.

On the opening night, tonight, the UK Comics Laureate will be announced, along with the winner of the Sergio Aragones award, and there'll be talks, demonstrations and signing sessions all weekend.


Man Booker Prize: Nick Drnaso on becoming the first graphic novelist to be longlisted

“I’m very much a cartoonist,” says the author of the graphic novel Sabrina
“I’m very much a cartoonist,” says Nick Drnaso, the author of Sabrina, the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. 

He talks to Front Row’s John Wilson about how the Booker Prize is  “very far removed from my little life in Chicago and in the comics world”.

Image credit: Alex Bliss