Join us to celebrate the 10th birthday of acclaimed graphic novel and manga publisher, SelfMadeHero, famed for quirky books covering everything from art history to the classics to original fiction.

Clever reworkings, such as the Manga Shakespeare series, meet imaginative graphic biographies of figures as diverse as David Bowie, Josephine Baker and Agatha Christie in SelfMadeHero’s eclectic library, but all of their books share the publisher’s dedication to showcasing beautiful artwork, unusual stories and passionate creators.

This event, chaired by David Barnett, brings together SelfMadeHero’s own Paul Smith, with writers, Ian Culbard and Leah Moore, who have helped to create some of SelfMadeHero’s best-loved stories. This is a fantastic opportunity to see behind the scenes of writing and publishing in the comics industry and find out what it takes to be a SelfMade Hero or Heroine!

About The Speakers

Ian Culbard

I.N.J. Culbard is an artist and writer who has been published by Dark Horse Comics (New Recruits, Dark Ages), 2000AD (Brass Sun, Brink), Vertigo (The New Deadwardians), Boom (Wild’s End), Titan (Doctor Who), and SelfMadeHero, (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sherlock Holmes, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Deadbeats, The Shadow Out of Time, Celeste, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath, and At the Mountains of Madness, for which he won the British Fantasy Award in 2011).

Leah Moore

Leah Moore has written comics for the last fourteen years, most recently adapting Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by MR James, and contributing to Femme Magnifique, a feminist anthology edited by Shelly Bond. Sharing script duties with her husband John Reppion, she writes Storm Warning for 2000ad, has a frustrating amount of projects that she cannot yet announce and has a regular column in Comic Heroes magazine.

Paul Smith

Paul is a publicist and journalist with over 20 years’ experience and has nurtured a life-long love of comics and graphic novels in all forms. Paul has also been press officer for the Association of Illustrators, including their book-related events and the annual illustration awards. A part-time university lecturer and industry speaker, he also reviews books and graphic novels in between other writing projects

About The Moderator

David Barnett

David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. His latest novel is Calling Major Tom, published by Trapeze. He writes mainly for the UK national press on books, culture and general topics, and is published regularly in the Guardian, Independent, and several magazines and online platforms.