I will be presenting and discussing my graphic novel PILGRIM’S PROGRESS at The Ninth International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2018, June 27th – 29th, Bournemouth University, UK.
The theme of the conference is Retro! Time, Memory, and Nostalgia. My paper is Traveling through Time 1678 To 2018: John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress: A Graphic Novel Adaption for the 21st Century.
In telling the story I chose to follow the wordless pictorial narrative approach used by Lynd Ward in 1920s and 1930s. My challenge was to re-cast the text-only novel into an (almost) image-only graphic novel. I used a series of illustrations to present an unambiguous message which imparts emotional impact to this old story. I wanted memorable characters and scenes with which readers today could quickly grasp the timeless narrative in the original novel. Words – instead of full sentences – are part of the landscape.
My graphic novel has now been published by Whistle Key Books and is currently for sale at www.bookshopsantacruz.com.
San Francisco Center for the Book has accepted me as a faculty member. I will be instructing The Art of Scratchboard Illustration. My next workshop is Sunday, August 5, 2018, 9:30 am – 5:30pm. SFCB.ORG