Fighting the anti-comics brigade
This article is from 2008.
Paul Gravett is an acknowledged expert on comics, who started off with comic-marts, before moving into publishing (with titles including Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean’s Violent Cases in the 80s) and writing hundreds of books, articles and columns on sequential art. The British comics landscape wouldn’t be the same without his input and passion for the medium. ‘Part of my interest isn’t just in comics, it’s in the people who create comics, the people who read comics and how the medium is – for some reason or another – under-appreciated or even despised in this country and how I think we should get a much better look-in as a cultural and creative expression.’
For his event, he’ll be joining publisher Emma Hayley and artist Robert Deas to discuss the new Manga reinterpretation of Macbeth. Japanese comics have become one of the biggest success stories in British publishing over recent years, with eye-popping art, a huge back catalogue of material ready to be translated and a fresh approach to the idea of who comics are for. In Japan, comics are read by the entire population, not just boys with superhero fixations, so there’s a boarder range of issues covered. Now artists and writers worldwide are adopting the Manga style.
‘A lot of it can be imitative but where it’s fresh and people make it part of their own culture, Manga is having a very positive effect to the point where some of the more interesting Manga isn’t actually coming out of Japan.’ Perhaps this is the perfect way to reinvigorate Shakespeare for a new generation.
14 Aug (with Robert Deas and Emma Hayley), 8.30pm, £9 (£7).