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21.3.11

Talking About Comics at the Glasgow Film Festival

ON WRITING:

Mark Millar is the best-selling author of Kick-Ass, Wanted, The Ultimates and more. After a few early flops, he reinvigorated his career in the 199os with a period as kid sidekick to the mighty Grant Morrison, before going on to eclipse his mentor with a less cerebral, more populist style of writing that left fewer readers scratching their heads in confusion and so lent itself readily to translation for the big screen. A master self-publicist as well as an unstoppable character factory, he probably has a stronger claim than anyone to being the Stan Lee of the 21st Century.


ON DRAWING:

Frank Quitely is the artist of The Greens, WE3, Flex Mentallo, and well-regarded runs on New X-Men and Batman and Robin, amongst other things. By his own admission not the most punctual scribbler in the business, with a tendency to overthink composition at the expense of actually drawing (hmm, sounds familiar), he keeps getting work anyway because he's just so damn good.


ON INTERACTIVITY:

Mika Stoyanova is an American academic working with the concept of heterotopia, or playspace, and the ways in which people - particularly gamers - interact with fictional worlds. One of her themes is that postmodern critical theorists have underestimated the interactivity of traditional artforms, and that narrative media such as comics and film offer a route to rediscovering the transformative rather than purely decorative role of art in human personal development.

All sketches drawn at A7 size with 0.2mm Unipin fineliner, February 2011.

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