Book List: Childrens book illustrators

Book List: Children’s book illustrators

In an hour long show about children’s book illustration, Alex Fitch talks to three generations of illustrators: David McKee, creator of Mr Benn, King Rollo and Elmer the Patchwork Elephant; Dave McKean, artist of of young adult books by David Almond, graphic novels and picture books by Neil Gaiman and Richard Dawkins’ first science book for children The Magic of Reality; and Jim Kay, illustrator of Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls and Toby Forward’s Flaxfield Quartet of novels about dragons.
Also includes an extract from Dave McKean’s presentation of his work from The Magic of Reality at the book launch in Foyles, September 2011.

Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

Mr Benn by David McKee, The Magic of Reality by Dave McKean and Richard Dawkins, and A Monster Calls by Jim Kay and Patrick Ness

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

Links: Random House titles by David McKee
Richard Dawkins / Dave McKean / Jim Kay websites
Info about The Illustration Cupboard / events at Foyles

If you enjoyed this show, why not try Mary and Bryan Talbot talking about their Joycean graphic novel Dotter of her father’s eyes

Recommended events:

Orbital comics signing and exhibtion launch

To celebrate the release of Mary and Bryan Talbot’s long awaited Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, the Orbital Gallery will be hosting an exhibition with original artwork from the book from February 2 to March 2.

On February 3rd, the Talbots will come to Orbital for a signing, starting at 5pm.

8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA

EDDIE CAMPBELL signing at Gosh! Comics, 6:30pm, Friday 3rd February
1, Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR /
Nearest tube: Picadilly Circus / Leicester Square

Storytelling for Comics and Graphic Novels course

You will learn about comic and graphic novel storytelling techniques, and how to create your own visual narrative. Everyone will end the course with one completed comic page, and the skills to continue their work for themselves. We will look at comic and graphic novel art styles, the use of text and images, the “grammar” of comic art, use of sound effects, abstraction, and styles. You provide a story from your own experience, or one you wish to adapt into the medium.

West Dean College, Chichester (Suitable for all levels)
2nd – 4th March 2012
Details here: