Radio shows on Andi Ewington, Robert Rankin, Olvier Jeffers and more
Clear Spot: Graphic albums and picture books
In advance of next week's South Kensington Kids Festival which celebrates picture books and graphic novels for children, Alex Fitch talks to four creators whose work contains elements of each medium. Andi Ewington discusses his novella "45" which divides the text and illustrations of superhero comics onto separate pages and the spin-off comic Blue Spear, co-written by Com.x publisher Eddie Deighton; while novelist Robert Rankin talks about his first graphic novel Empireswhich moves his celebrated monochrome cover illustrations onto every page of a new steam-punk sequel to The War of the Worlds. Also, children's illustrators Oliver Jeffers and Axel Scheffler talk about their recent picture books This Moose belongs to me and Superworm.
Jeffers looks back at his parallel career as a fine artist, on display in the collection Neither here nor there, and Scheffler discusses partnership with writer Julia Donaldson on memorable books such as The Gruffalo and The Highway Rat.
The South Kensington Kids Festival runs from 21st to 25th November and features screenings of French animated films The Gruffalo's Child, and Ernest and Celestine, plus talks and drawing jams by Quentin Blake, Emile Bravo, Joann Sfar, Axel Scheffler and many more.
In a Q and A recorded at last Autumn's MCM Expo, Alex Fitch talks to comic book writer Gail Simone about her career so far, from breaking into the industry via her influential blog 'Women in Refrigerators' and early strips for Bongo Comics to her recent runs on Birds of Prey and Wonder Woman. Gail discusses the changes to Batgirl in the DC New 52 range of comics, her acclaimed superhero retirement story Welcome to Tranquillity and her co-authorship of Firestorm with writer Ethan van Sciver.