They say a picture paints a thousand words but how does the crime genre translate to the world of graphic novels?
Does the medium provide more freedom when telling the tale and laying the clues or does it bring more challenges?
Beginning his TV career with the BBC's Doctor Who, Stephen Gallagher went on to establish himself as a novelist and as a writer and director of television drama. He adapted and directed his novel Oktober as an ITV miniseries starring Stephen Tompkinson, and wrote feature-length episodes for Rosemary & Thyme. His two-part story for Silent Witness picked up a European Science Award for Best TV Drama. He most recently worked on Stan Lee's Lucky Man for Sky. His thirteen novels include Down River, Rain, Nightmare, with Angel, The Spirit Box, and Red, Red Robin. He's the creator of Sebastian Becker, Special Investigator to the Lord Chancellor's Visitor in Lunacy, in a series of novels that began with The Kingdom of Bones and The Bedlam Detective and continues in The Authentic William James.
Paul Gravett is a writer, historian, curator, journalist and lecturer specialising in international comics. His books include Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life (2005), Great British Comics (2006), Comics Art (2013) and Mangasia: The Definitive Guide to Asian Comics (2017). He edited The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics (2008) and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die (2011). In 2014, with John Harris Duninng, he co-curated Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, the largest exhibition of British comics held in this country for The British Library, and co-wrote the accompanying catalogue. He is currently curating Mangasia: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, a touring exhibition about comics from Japan and the rest of Asia, organised by The Barbican Centre.
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Drawing comics professionally since the age of fifteen, Eisner Award winning Sean Phillips has worked for all the major publishers. Since drawing Sleeper, Hellblazer, Batman, X-Men, Marvel Zombies, and Stephen King's The Dark Tower, Sean has concentrated on creator-owned books including Criminal, Incognito, Fatale and The Fade Out.
He is currently drawing Kill Or Be Killed written by his long-time collaborator Ed Brubaker.
Published in over twenty countries and winner of many comic awards, including an Eisner award, the Prix SNCF and several Eagles, Bryan Talbot has been working in the medium for over thirty years. He's produced underground and indy comics, notably Brainstorm!, science fiction and superhero stories such as Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock, Teknophage, The Nazz and Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight. He's worked on DC Vertigo titles including Hellblazer, Sandman, The Dreaming and Fables and has written and drawn the graphic novels for which he is best known, including the first British graphic novel, The Adventures of Luther Arkwright, Heart of Empire, The Tale of One Bad Rat and Alice in Sunderland. Bryan recently concluded the Grandville series of five anthropomorphic steampunk detective thrillers. He has drawn three books written by his wife Dr Mary M Talbot. The first, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes, was the recipient of the 2012 Costa Biography Award, making it the only British graphic novel to win a major literary prize.