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Living and Loving in London : Oscar Zarate & Ilya


With compelling subtlety and sharp observation, Oscar Zarate and Ilya, two seasoned graphic novelists, record and reflect the realities of urban relationships and the longing for belonging. The Park is Zarate’s first full-length solo fiction on his beloved Hampstead Heath, as an incident involving a dog sparks repercussions and reprisals. Here are SelfMadeHero’s new videos giving more background on this landmark title by Zarate, who has collaborated with Alexei Sayle, Alan Moore and Carlos Sampayo in the past.

 

 



Ilya’s Room For Love captures complex interconnections across age and class divides between a novelist with writer’s block and a teenage runaway. Here are some preview peeks at this erotically charged, character-driven drama.

“Romance is dead.” So says Pamela Green, middle-class and middle-aged – a romance novelist suffering from writer’s block. Then, on a bridge crossing over a river, her unsettled life collides with that of a rugged young man. He’s survived for months on London’s streets, by his wits… and his looks. Under extraordinary circumstances Pamela invites him into her comfortable suburban home. There, in spite of obvious differences, they soon come to form an unlikely partnership, their once separate lives revived in stark new directions… An intense hothouse drama, fierce, true to life, Room for Love is an original graphic novel unafraid to play with fire.

This will be the first opportunity to get your hands on Room For Love, which isn’t officially released until 15th November.

A Comica Conversation with Paul Gravett. Followed by book signings. In association with SelfMadeHero.

Tickets can be booked from WeGotTickets

Tickets: £6.00
Where: Foyles Bookshop, 3rd Floor Gallery, WC2H 0EB
When: Thursday, October 31, 2013 6.15 for 6.30-8.30pm

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