- Paul Gravett
caption=Paul Gravett at Caption 2008, photo by [http://www.flickr.com/people/14145351@N00 Damian Cugley]
occupation=Journalist & author
Paul Gravett is a
London-based journalist, curator, writer and broadcaster who has worked in comics publishing and promotion for over twenty years.
He is the founder of "
Escape Magazine", and writes a monthly article on comics appearing in the UK magazine " Comics International". He has written for various periodicals including "The Guardian", "The Comics Journal", "Comic Art", "Comics International", "Time Out", "Blueprint", "Neo", "The Bookseller", "The Daily Telegraph" and "Dazed & Confused".
His career began in the 1980s as he managed the
Fast Fictiontable at bi-monthly comic marts held in London's Westminster Hall. Dubbed "Man At The Crossroads" by Eddie Campbellfor this in "Alec: How To Be An Artist".
In 1983, Gravett launched "Escape Magazine" with Peter Stanbury, in an attempt to showcase the cream of the alternative cartoonists of the day. Under the Escape Publishing imprint, he co-published "Violent Cases" by
Neil Gaimanand Dave McKean, three volumes of Eddie Campbell's Alecbetween 1984 and 1986 and "London's Dark" in 1988 by James Robinson and Paul Johnson.
The magazine lasted for 19 issues before closing its doors in 1989. "The Comics Journal" is quoted as saying of "Escape", "This now-defunct London based anthology remains one of the most sorely missed comics of all time not simply because of its tremendous track record of translating European comics but simply because it was always good in so many ways."
From 1992 to 2001, Gravet was the director of the UK charity
The Cartoon Art Trust, dedicated to preserving and promoting the best of British cartoon art and caricature and to establish a museum of cartoon art with gallery, archives and reference library.
Gravett is the author of several non-fiction books on the topic of comics and sequential art, including:
*"Manga: 60 Years of Japanese Comics"' (Harper Design, 2004, ISBN 1-85669-391-0)
*"Graphic Novels: Stories to Change Your Life" (
Aurum Press, October 2005, ISBN 1-84513-068-5, US printing: "Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know", Collins Design, November 2005, ISBN 0-06-082425-5)
*"Great British Comics" (Aurum Press, October 2006, ISBN 1-84513-170-3)
* "Culture Shock" (interview by Chrissie Harper, "
Judge Dredd Megazine" #251, 2006)
* [http://www.paulgravett.com/ Official Site]
* [http://www.paulgravett.com/articles/051_planb/051_planb.htm Profile by Everett True]
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* [http://www.journalisted.com/paul-gravett Journalisted - Articles by Paul Gravett]
* [http://books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,,1956123,00.html "Great British Comics"] in
The Guardian, November 25, 2006
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