Reality Check: Robbie Morrison – Taking Dante DrownTown

Reality Check: Robbie Morrison – Taking Dante DrownTown

In advance of his appearance at Edinburgh BookFest, Alex Fitch talks to Robbie Morrison about his career in comics so far, from his fifteen year tenure as the writer of Nikolai Dante in 2000AD, working with artists such as Simon Fraser and John Burns, to his new graphic novel DrownTown, published by Jonathan Cape.

Covers of comics written by Robbie Morrison - Nikolai Dante, 2000AD featuring Shakara, DrownTown

Covers of comics written by Robbie Morrison – Nikolai Dante, 2000AD featuring Shakara, DrownTown

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other episodes you can download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Robbie’s profile on
Info about DrownTown at and on the DrownTown blog
Listen to Alex’s interviews with Shakara illustrator Henry Flint and Spider-Man: Tangled Web illustrator Jim Mahfood

Recommended events:

Caption Festival, Oxford

The longest running British comic book festival, now in its 21st year returns to the East Oxford Community Centre, off Cowley Road. Guests include Rian Hughes (Dan Dare), Andrzej Klimowski (Stanis?aw Lem’s Robot…), Danusia Schebal (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde graphic novel), Al Davison (Doctor Who comics), Paul Collicutt (The Murder Mile), Vicky Stonebridge (Dogbreath), Karen Rubins (Victoria & Albert Museum comic artist in residence), Ian Rakoff (V & A comics lecturer, writer “The Prisoner: Welcome to Harmony”) and Charles Cutting (The Dream Quest of Randolph Carter), Glenn Fabry (Preacher) and many more.

August 24th / 25th, East Oxford Community Centre, 44 Princes Street, Oxford OX4 1DD

The weekend includes panel discussions, workshops, a book group, quiz and much more. Tickets: £6/day or £10 for the weekend.

More info here:

Edinburgh Book Fest and Stripped festival

This year’s Edinburgh Book Fest starts on 10th August 2013 with guests including Cerys Matthews, Ben Aaronovitch, Lauren Beukes, Roy Hattersley, Oliver James, Ken MacLeod, Alexander McCall Smith and many more. Within the festival there is also a dedicated graphic novels weekend – Stripped on August 24th / 25th – with guests including Kieron Gillen, Melinda Gebbie, Neil Gaiman, Grant Morrison and Hanny Berry.

Tickets and more info here:

Steadman @77 exhibition

The Cartoon Museum is proud to present a selection of Ralp Steadman’s iconic cartoons to celebrate his 77th birthday. To accompany the exhibition there is a programme of events and talks, including Anita O’Brien discussing the use of the weird in Steadman’s work – 3rd September, 6.30pm

Exhibition continues until Autumn 2013, more info at

The Cartoon Museum, 35 Little Russell Street, London WC1A 2HH