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‘What Makes A Cult Comic?’ with Rob Davis, Ilya, Paul Rainey & Carol Swain


Garth Ennis, writer of Preacher, The Boys and Crossed, gave this advice: “Do something only you can do, and own it.”

Not all comics are corporate global franchises spun off into endless merchandise and movies. Some of the very best comics are cult comics, creator-owned and defined as “honest, heartfelt, homemade” by Ilya, editor of The Mammoth Book of Cult Comics, launching tonight. Ilya joins three other leading graphic novelists to discuss their work and its place in comics culture. Ilya (below) is a committed comics creator himself, whose latest graphic novel is Room For Love from SelfMadeHero.

Ilya is joined in this Comica Conversation in association with Broken Frontier by Rob Davis (below), co-editor of the acclaimed UK anthology Nelson (Blank Slate Press) and creator of a brilliantly bizarre solo debut, The Motherless Oven (SelfMadeHero).

Also taking part is Carol Swain, one of the most distinctive and lyrical voices in British comics, whose latest book Gast (Fantagraphics) traces a teenage girl’s investigations into the death of a Welsh cross-dressing farmer. Read Hillary Brown’s effusive review for Paste Magazine here…

And another debut graphic novelist, Paul Rainey, will discuss There’s No Time Like The Present, a mind-expanding speculation about how the future evolution of the internet could radically disrupt our lives. His self-published, seven-year serial is being revised and collected in hardcover by Escape Books. The panelists will be signing their books afterwards.

Hosting the discussion will be expert and critic Andy Oliver, whose ‘Small Pressganged’ columns on the Broken Frontier website ‘shine a spotlight on the often overlooked world of small press, self-published and altcomics.’

Tickets: £8.00/5.00 Book Here!
Where: The Auditorium, Level 6, Foyles, 107 Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DT
When: Friday, November 7, 2014 7.00-8.30pm

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