Charlie Adlard, artist of The Walking Dead zombie comics and many more, has been appointed as the new comics laureate. The appointment was announced at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Charlie Adlard will take over the role from Dave Gibbons in February next year.
The scheme was set up two years ago by The Comics Literacy Awareness Trust (CLAW) and the purpose of the role is to champion children’s literacy and encourage creativity.
The new laureate believes that “the power of comics to encourage learning and develop literacy shouldn’t be underestimated. Comics can connect with people who may never pick up a normal book and really help encourage a love of reading”.
|Graphic Novels in the WML|
We have a growing collection of graphic novels in the War Memorial and Discovery Libraries, including graphic novel versions of Charlie Higson and Eoin Colfer books, Manga versions of Darren Shan and James Patterson novels and Marvel Comic graphic novels. An example of Charlie Adlard’s work, Days Gone Bye, is available to borrow from the War Memorial Library.