Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

Panel Borders: Guardian Lit

Starting a month of shows looking at the connections between comic books and literature, Alex Fitch talks to Guardian cartoonsists Karrie Fransman and Martin Rowson, and novelist Toby Litt about their processes of comic book creation. Fransman discusses how she broke into the industry before starting Observer Graphic Novel of the Month, The House that Groaned; Rowson looks at how political cartooning lead to his adaptations of literary classics such as Tristram Shandy, and Litt talks about how his career as a novelist helped him write DC Comics’ new serialised comic book Dead Boy Detectives. Recorded in front of an audience at Guardian Masterclass, January 2014. (Originally broadcast 7th July 2014)

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

Alex Fitch interviews Karrie Fransman, Toby Litt and Martin Rowson at Guardian Masterclass

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Links: Article about January’s Guardian Masterclass on SelfMadeHero’s blog
Karrie Fransman’s website
Guardian profile of Martin Rowson
Toby Litt’s blog
Listen to Alex’s previous interviews with Martin Rowson and Karrie Fransman

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