Thames-Side Studios Talks: Andrew Donkin & Giovanni Rigano, The Creative Process Behind a Graphic Novel (Thursday 17 January 2019, 6pm)

Writer Andrew Donkin (0-57) and illustrator Giovanni Rigano (above) talked about the process involved in putting their award-winning graphic novel Illegal together, from their initial thoughts and ideas, location sketches and characterisation, through to storyboarding, final artwork and publication. Giovanni flew in from Italy and drew live during the talk, customising individual copies of Illegal on the evening.

Illegal won the Judges’ Special Award at the Children’s Books Ireland Awards in May, and the UK paperback edition was released in August. Illegal is also curently nominated for the Carnigie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal.

In September 2018 they, along with Illegal co-writer Eoin Colfer, went on a promotional tour for the US release which had a first edition print run of 75,000 copies. Read the full article here

Images: Thames-Side Studios Talk, Education Space, 17 January 2019; Illegal images courtesy Andrew Donkin 2018