This Thursday, 30th October, SelfMadeHero brings together three of the UK’s top comics artists for a conversation about their craft. Oscar Zarate, Karrie Fransman and ILYA will discuss the burgeoning British graphic novel scene, the inspiration behind their work, and how they see a project through from concept to completion. The conversation will be chaired by Steve Walsh, bookseller at Gosh! Comics and founder of the Process and South London Hardcore podcasts.
The event, brought to you in partnership with the wonderful Collage Arts, takes place Karamel, 4 Coburg Road, London, N22 6UJ. Nearest Tube: Wood Green. It starts at 7pm and admission is absolutely free.
Oscar Zarate collaborated with Alan Moore on A Small Killing and edited the anthology It’s Dark In London, a graphic collection off short stories featuring work by Neil Gaiman, Iain Sinclair, Stewart Home, Dave McKean and many more. He also collaborated with Alexei Sayle on Geoffrey the Tube Train and the Fat Comedian and with Carlos Sampayo on La Faille and Fly Blues. SelfMadeHero published The Park, the first graphic novel to be both written and illustrated by Oscar Zarate, in October 2013.
Karrie Fransman has created comics for The Guardian, The Times, The New Statesman, Time Out and many other publications. Her acclaimed graphic novel, The House That Groaned, is published by Random House’s Square Peg imprint. Her latest graphic novel, Death of the Artist, will be published in March 2015 by Jonathan Cape. She led the London Print Studio’s excellent graphic novel course in 2011 and 2012. Web: www.karriefransman.com. Twitter: @KarrieFransman.
ILYA is a comic book writer and artist whose work has been published by Marvel, DC and Dark Horse in the USA, Kodansha in Japan, and numerous independent companies worldwide. His books include the award-winning The End of the Century Club, the kitchen-sink drama Skidmarks, and an adaptation of King Lear for SelfMadeHero’s Manga Shakespeare series. His debut prose novel, The Clay Dreaming, is published by Myriad Editions. His graphic novel, Room For Love, is published by SelfMadeHero. Most recently, he edited The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics, published by Robinson in October 2014.
Steve Walsh is the founder and co-presenter of the South London Hardcore podcast. He is also a prolific blogger and bookseller at London’s finest comic book shop, Gosh! Comics in Soho. Web: www.southlondonhardcore.com. Twitter: @ventswhales.