This year, we're excited to learn that mini festival 'Stripped' is making the graphic novel and comic genres a key part of the literary proceedings between the 10th and 26th of August. This brand-spanking new addition to the festival format is indicative of the interest evident in GSA Library's Graphic Novels collection which can still be browsed on Level 1 while the refurbishment takes place. Some of the names featured in the collection such as Joe Stacco and Chris Ware are putting in an appearance as are local folks like Denise Mina and Scottish publishers. A guide to the Library's collection is available here.
'Stripped' has scheduled a number of events exploring the heritage of comics and the unprecedented rise of the graphic novel form in recent years from cult interest to mainstream literary form. A mini comics fair will invite Scotland's independent comic producers to showcase their work while an exhibition 'Stripped in the Gardens' will showcase a selection of artwork from comics and graphic novels creators. The brochure is absolutely worth downloading for talks, workshops and an insight into the extraordinary approaches being used by artists to create graphic books.
The popularity of the Edinburgh Book Festival (celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) means that some events have already sold out, however tickets are still available to book for most with discounts available to students and those under the age of 26. A yurt on Charlotte Square, (just off Princes Street) is the scene of the action; each year providing a venue for a diverse and international selection of big-name, and budding writers to share their work.
For more information about 'Stripped' read the festival's brilliantly-colourful blog here, or follow on Twitter @stripped fest. Unbeknown to us until now, the Edinburgh Book Festival has a YouTube channel where you can watch previous years' events and author readings. After 26th August, some of 'Stripped's' events will be streamed via YouTube making them available to watch for the first time, or to enjoy all over again.