Graphic novelist Rachael Ball talks to radio journalist Alex Fitch about creativity, comics and the very personal origins of her latest book, Wolf.
The Q&A will be followed by a book signing and complimentary refreshments.
This is a special event at House of Illustration co-hosted and supported by the graphic novel forum Laydeez do Comics and the publisher SelfMadeHero. This support has enabled us to offer tickets at the dramatically reduced price of £3. We are expecting tickets to sell quickly so book early to avoid disappointment!
In Wolf, a young boy finds his world turned upside down by a tragic accident. Desperate to return to happier days, six-year-old Hugo draws up plans for a time machine. But only his neighbour — a child-eating recluse, according to the boy next door — has the parts Hugo needs to complete the contraption. Illustrated in evocative, intimate pencils, Wolf is a captivating and poignant exploration of family, grief and that blend of the everyday and the fantastical that is childhood.
Rachael Ball is a cartoonist who began her career as a contributor to Deadline in the late 1980s. Her debut graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman, was judged by The Guardian to be one of the best graphic books of 2015, while The Telegraph called it "inspiring, poignant and wonderfully unconventional". Rachael Ball's work featured in the House of Illustration's Comix Creatrix show and, more recently, in The Inking Woman exhibition at the Cartoon Museum.
Important to know:
- Latecomers will not be admitted past 7.15pm
- Please bring warm layers as the South Gallery is kept at a cool temperature to conserve the artwork on display.