Friday, 1 July 2011

Sebastian Peake and Alan Moore

Apart from the fact that its Sonisphere next week which is exciting enough, i'm also going to see Alan Moore talk at the British library. I saw him speak at the ICA last year and it was brilliant, he's a seriously fascinating guy with a very cool attitude toward creativity and ethics. At the ICA talk I got him to sign my copy of swamp thing which he was very underwhelmed by. I guess once you've written graphic novels like watchmen which was included in Time magazine's 100 greatest novels of all time list, when someone comes up with one of your first comics that isn't even based on your own character but an adaptation, it seems a little strange. I can't help it, I love swamp thing.

Also, the following week there's a talk by Mervyn Peake's son Sebastian to celebrate the launch of the newly discovered sequel to the gormenghast trilogies. Mervyn Peake is one of my favourite authors so its pretty magic that there's a secret book found posthumously. Its as exciting as if they found another Nirvana record.

The book launch is at a place called the last tuesday society in Hackney which is worth a visit even if its not whilst there's a talk going on. Filled with weird objects, taxidermy and general weirdness its like a museum where you can buy all the stuff. Lecture wise it described itself as being "devoted to exploring and furthering the esoteric, literary and artistic aspects of life in London and beyond. "
have a look at the website and get tickets for the Titus awakes launch if you're not going to sonisphere-