We have joined forces with the Edinburgh Comic Art Fair, which this year takes place in the Book Festival Village. Our Stripped programme celebrates comics and graphic novels in style. Authors and artists from around the world bring pictures and performance to the Book Festival. With strong links to our Freedom theme, we explore the Middle East, Marx and women’s rights and writing. Across the children’s and adult programme, we bring you stories and entertainment in glorious colour.
A Graphic Novel of Women
EQUALITY IS NOT WON
Saturday 11 August 13:45 - 14:45
To mark the 100th anniversary of votes for (some) women, indie publisher 404 Ink have collaborated with BHP Comics on We Shall Fight Until We Win, a graphic novel highlighting the achievements of British women in public life over 100 years. Those behind the project, Sha Nazir, Heather Palmer and Laura Jones, discuss the great strides undertaken since 1918 but also the hard work still to be done. Chaired by Jenny Niven.
Edinburgh Comic Art Fair
MEET THE CREATORS AND MAKERS
Sunday 12 August 10:00 - 17:00
A vibrant and inspiring gathering of over 40 comics authors and artists, taking place at the Principal Hotel in Charlotte Square, just across the road from the Book Festival Entrance Tent. Whether you're a graphic novel novice or a life-long comics fan, this is the perfect place to discover something new and support and meet the indie creatives behind some incredible works.
Create Your Own Comics
WITH EDINBURGH COMIC ART FESTIVAL
Sunday 12 August 10:30 - 11:15
Sunday 12 August 11:30 - 12:15
Sunday 12 August 12:30 - 13:15
Sunday 12 August 13:30 - 14:15
Sunday 12 August 14:30 - 15:15
Join Edinburgh Comic Art Festival and learn about making comics, from scripting a story to drawing your first page. The workshop is free but tickets should be booked in advance. All ages are welcome. The Book Festival is also hosting Edinburgh Comic Art Festival's Comic Fair today: Sun 12 August from 10.30-17.00 at the Principal Hotel in Charlotte Square, just across the road from the Book Festival’s entrance tent. Drop in (it's free) to see a vibrant and inspiring gathering of over 40 comics authors and artists – great for graphic novel novices or life-long fans.
SHE THINKS, SHE INKS
Sunday 12 August 11:00 - 12:00
As co-founder of international comics network Laydeez do Comics, Nicola Streeten is well-placed as an authority on the history of women comics writers. In her new book, The Inking Woman, Streeten celebrates 250 years of British women cartoon and comics artists, uncovering a history of people behind everything from First World War propaganda postcards to Rupert the Bear.
Greek Goddess with Isabel Greenberg & Imogen Greenberg
Sunday 12 August 11:45 - 12:45
Prepare to be amazed as you uncover the ancient myths surrounding one of the most fearless Greek goddesses, Athena. Isabel and Imogen Greenberg have created a stunning graphic novel about this inspirational, strong and determined figure. Today, they take you on a journey through ancient Greece before you get colouring and crafting to create your own piece of history.
Tom Gauld & Hamish Steele
TALK OF THE TOON
Sunday 12 August 13:45 - 14:45
Witty entertainment is one driving force behind Tom Gauld and Hamish Steele’s cartoons. In Gauld’s Baking with Kafka, he poses questions that no one would have thought to ask, like can exploding e-cigarettes find a place in thrillers? And what was Kafka’s relationship with lemon drizzle cake? Steele zeroes in on the story of Ancient Egypt’s Osiris in Pantheon, a tale of incest, decapitation, flying cows and dodgy salad. Chaired by James Runcie.
Comics Fair Clinic
WITH EDINBURGH COMIC ART FESTIVAL
Sunday 12 August 15:30 - 17:00
The Book Festival is the place to be today for comics lovers on Sun 12 August. Come along to our comic-making clinic and learn all about creating your own comics with Edinburgh Comic Art Festival. There are lots of activities for all ages. Simply drop-in – no need for a ticket. The Book Festival is also hosting Edinburgh Comic Art Festival's Comic Fair today: Sun 12 August from 10.30-17.00 at the Principal Hotel in Charlotte Square, just across the road from the Book Festival’s entrance tent. Drop in (it's free) to see a vibrant and inspiring gathering of over 40 comics authors and artists – great for graphic novel novices or life-long fans.
MANGA BEARS FRUIT
Sunday 12 August 16:00 - 17:00
Comic art authority and passionate fan, Paul Gravett undertook a mission to provide the definitive guide to Asian comics and, in Mangasia, he has succeeded in producing a visually stunning and meticulous book. Gravett traces the roots of Manga back to 19th century Japan, examining the impact of political events on writers, and shows us the many and varied forms of comics, cartoons and animations created over 100 years. Chaired by Stuart Kelly.
COMICS PORTRAIT OF A SERIOUS ARTIST
Sunday 12 August 18:30 - 20:00
Having written graphic biographies of Johnny Cash, Fidel Castro and Holocaust survivor Harry Haft, German graphic designer and cartoonist Reinhard Kleist has his second take on Nick Cave (the first was Mercy on Me). This time he tracks the Australian’s career leading the Bad Seeds through expressive comics-style portraits, as well as laying down visual representations of some of Cave’s most famous songs. Join Kleist for a heady performance of music, live-drawing and visuals. Musical soundtrack will be provided by Adelaide’s Zephyr Quartet, Ukulele Death Squad and Carla Lippis and the Furies.
John Harris Dunning, Michael Kennedy & Javi Rey
Sunday 12 August 20:30 - 21:30
Meet the creators of two uncompromising stories, beautifully realised in graphic novel form. Writer John Harris Dunning and artist Michael Kennedy’s Tumult is a stylish, contemporary psychological thriller in the vein of Alfred Hitchcock and Patricia Highsmith. With Out in the Open, based on Jesús Carrasco’s award-winning novel, illustrator Javi Rey has drawn a cinematic story about a young Spanish boy setting out across the Spanish plains to escape abuse at home.
Martin Rowson & Mohammad Sabaaneh with Phill Jupitus
GETTING GRAPHIC ON POLITICS
Saturday 18 August 19:30 - 20:30
Award-winning cartoonist Martin Rowson has turned his pen to the 1848 Communist Manifesto by Marx and Engels, a publication which aimed to reshape post-war Europe. As a former political prisoner in Israel, Mohammad Sabaaneh has witnessed first-hand the cruelties of a land under occupation and in Palestine In Black and White he starkly portrays the brutalities that Palestinians have faced. Today, they join comedian and performer Phill Jupitus to discuss their work.
Jim Broadbent & Dix
ANYTHING BUT DULL
Thursday 23 August 15:15 - 16:15
Best known for his countless film roles, actor Jim Broadbent breaks new ground with his first graphic novel, Dull Margaret. In partnership with comic artist Dix, Broadbent presents an unforgettable story, inspired by Bruegel’s 16th century painting of Dulle Griet; a woman, sword in hand, standing at the entrance of hell. A portrayal of a strong, intense woman in a violent landscape. Chaired by Daniel Hahn.
ESCAPING THE CHAINS
Thursday 23 August 19:15 - 20:15
For anyone who thinks that Scotland is free from the ravages and crimes of slavery, a quick peek at Warren Pleece's new graphic novel should give them pause for thought. Freedom Bound explores the nation’s deeply uncomfortable connections with the history of slavery and tells that tale through the interconnected lives of three individuals.
THORNY AFFAIRS OF EAST AND WEST
Saturday 25 August 19:00 - 20:00
Professor of Middle East Studies at PSIA and former advisor to the French Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Filiu has written the text for a graphic novel which explores the history of relations between America and the Middle East. In the third instalment, Best of Enemies, created with illustrator David B, Filiu covers the period from the 1990 invasion of Kuwait to Syria in 2013. Come and hear his accessible introduction to this complex relationship.
WHAT’S THE SKETCH WITH COMICS?
Saturday 25 August 20:45 - 21:45
Universally renowned for being the man who has drawn Batman, Superman and X-Men, Glasgow’s Frank Quitely has a talent that’s heralded by writers, artists and fans. Having just published a book featuring over 100 never-before-seen drawings, Quitely is here to discuss his career to date and where he thinks the ever-evolving comic book industry is heading next.
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