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Day of Comics: Origin Stories


From the first sniff of newsprint to an obsessive graphic habit, some unlikely fanboys and girls talk about the comics that hooked them. A novelist, a publisher and an academic share their origin stories.

Featuring James Bradley, Zoe Sadokierski and Erica Wagner. Chaired by Richard Watts.

This session is one of five Saturday events. Single session tickets can be booked via the link on the right or book a day pass for all five.


Erica Wagner

Erica Wagner has worked with books for most of her life, first as a bookseller, then as an editor and publisher. She was with Penguin Books for ten years before starting up a children’s list for Duffy & Snellgrove in 1999. That same year she was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship ... Read more

Richard Watts

Richard Watts is a writer, broadcaster and critic, and the host of 3RRR’s flagship arts program, SmartArts.

Zoë Sadokierski

Zoë Sadokierski is a book designer, illustrator and writer. She wrote her doctoral thesis on hybrid novels – novels in which graphic devices such as photographs, drawings, and experimental typography are integrated into the written text (or, books with pictures in them) – at the University of T... Read more

James Bradley

James Bradley is a writer and critic. His books include the novels Wrack, The Deep Field, The Resurrectionist and Clade, a book of poetry, Paper Nautilus, and The Penguin Book of the Ocean. His new novel, Ghost Species, is published by Hamish Hamilton. ... Read more


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