The London BD Weekender

From Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th 2011, the Institut Français will hold the first of its BD & Comics Passion weekends! Needless to say, we are excited.

‘The graphic novel’ has become an increasingly important force in popular culture, dominating the film landscape and coming into its own as an explosive new literary genre. To celebrate this, as well as explore accepted ideas about the medium, The Institut Français (in association with the wonderful COMICA Festival) has invited some of the most celebrated British and French authors to London to discuss their work and share their love of graphic novels.

Over the course of three days, enthusiasts and beginners alike are invited to participate in an exciting array of events, with acclaimed authors and artists such as Dave Gibbons, China Miéville, Bryan Talbot, Yves Sente and André Juillard, Jean-Claude Mézières and SelfMadeHero stars… Catel & Jose-Luis Bocquet (Kiki de Montparnasse).

There will be something for everyone; a drawing duel between Jean-Claude Mézières and Dave Gibbons; Paul Gravett on the history of the genre; China Miéville on his love for comics; a masterclass with Oscar Zárate; on making a 4-page comic about London. Apart from being a collaborator with Alan Moore, Oscar is the editor of a wonderful anthology of original stories about London, It’s Dark In London, which we’ll be publishing early in 2012.

We’d also recommend the translation workshop given by the famous translator of Astérix, Anthea Bell – we’ll certainly be there.

If you missed SelfMadeHero’s Kiki life drawing classes back in February, then this is your chance to join a live drawing session with the multi-award winning writer and artist duo, Jose-Luis Bocquet and Catel. We’ll announce full details on the blog on 1st September, with details of how to book and perhaps a free ticket or two.

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