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The art of the graphic novel: Stephen Collins and Isabel Greenberg

Festival of Ideas


Saturday 8 September 2018
1.30 — 2.30pm

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Chaired by the Observer journalist and critic, Rachel Cooke, two prize-winning authors and illustrators discuss the art of the graphic novel.

Rachel Cooke was instrumental in setting up the first British prize for graphic novels – the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize. In this panel event, she chairs a discussion with two winners of the prize – Stephen Collins and Isabel Greenberg – followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Collins is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in many publications worldwide, and he has a weekly comic in The Guardian Weekend magazine. Having won the Observer/Cape/Comica prize in 2010 with Room 208, Collins published his debut graphic novel, The Gigantic Beard that was Evil, with Jonathan Cape in 2013, and was shortlisted for the Waterstone’s Book of the Year Award and an Eisner Award. His collection of strips Some Comics was published by Jonathan Cape in October 2014. He is currently working on his second graphic novel, Susan Wogan’s Journey To The Stars, which will be published in 2019.

Isabel Greenberg is a London-based illustrator and writer. Her first graphic novel, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, published in 2013, was nominated for two Eisner awards and won Best Book at the British Comic Awards. In 2016 she published The One Hundred Nights of Hero. In 2011, she won the Observer/Cape/Comica graphic short story prize. She exhibited work in the Memory Palace exhibition at the V&A, had a solo exhibition at Cecil Sharp House and was part of a show called Pick me Up at Somerset House. She is about to start work on a new graphic novel about Brontë juvenilia.

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Saturday 8 September 2018

1.30 — 2.30pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£12, £8 concessions