Tonight, author China Miéville discusses his love of comics as part of an intriguing line-up for the first Bandes Dessinée and Comics Passion event at London’s Institute Français. Two full days of talks from the likes of Dave Gibbons, Catel&Bocquet and Bastien Vivès are set to take place over the weekend…
Author of the recent novel, Embassytown, Miéville is a devoted comic book fan and this evening he will talk about some of his favourite comic book authors and artists, plus his own relationship to graphic novels. The talk is scheduled for 6.30-7.30pm /£10, concessions, £8 with a book signing afterwards. You can still book a ticket, here.
A full programme of BDCP events for this weekend is here on the Institute Français site, but the organisers promise “some of the most celebrated British, French, Belgian and American creators to joins us to discuss their work and share their love of graphic novels.” Alongside the series of talks there will also be several film screenings and live drawing events.
Participants over the three-day event include Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), China Miéville (Kraken), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Travelerʼs Wife), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Yves Sente and André Juillard (Blake and Mortimer), Jean-Claude Mézières (Valérian and Laureline), Benoît Sokal (Canardo), Catel&Bocquet (Kiki), Bastien Vivès (The Taste of Chlorine), comic critic, guru and author of 1001 Comic Books You Must Read Before You Die, Paul Gravett.
Venue: The Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT. More info at institut-francais.org.uk/bdandcomicspassion.
Artwork shown is from The Taste of Chlorine by Bastien Vivès.