News in The Bookseller about the increased emphasis on comics and graphic novels at this year's London Book Fair. There's a seminar on comics and videogames, and another on digital comics. Speakers include Ian Rankin, Cory Doctorow, Paul Gravett and Emma Hayley of Self Made Hero.
It's tempting to think the Comics & Graphic Novel Pavilion indicates a new surge of interest in comics among UK publishers. But I suspect what really interests them is the chance to sell rights on into other media. Print is a good place for Hollywood to come looking for new material, and comics are more attractive to the studio execs than other print media because they are better than prose novels at showing whether the story works visually.
I've got a sneaking suspicion that's one of the things Cory Doctorow might be talking about. Anyway, attendance is 25 quid so if you're near to London it's probably worth a look. Dates are April 19-21.