Paul Gravett for Breakfast

Published On September 10, 2007 | By Joe Gordon | Comics, Film TV & Theatre

Paul Gravett was on the BBC Breakfast couch on BBC1 this morning alongside Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen to promote Comics Britannia, which begins tonight with the Fun Factory episode at 9pm on BBC4, with Michael – a bestselling children’s writer also well known for campaigning to encourage reading – pointing out that comics can be good for children because contrary to the snobbish opinion of some stories with pictures encourage children to think and to learn to read – it doesn’t just happen, it has to be learned. Which considering children generally start their reading life by being given illustrated picture books with small amounts of text should be rather obvious, but it is amazing how many still look down at the medium, whether a comic is aimed at a child or an adult. Paul is also featured on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends programme (I have to say the Beeb have been pretty good at promoting the show across their channels) from Saturday, talking to Arthur Smith; the programme has been and gone but through the magic of the web you can use the listen again function to hear it for the next week. For some reason Paul is credited on the site as ‘Paul Garett’ though…
Sticking with the Comics Britannia theme (and you’ll have to forgive us our indulgence in going on about it so much following last week’s review/interview, but how often do we get several hours of TV dedicated to comics? Naturally we’re all excited.) I see Lew Stringer has now also written up his thoughts on the series after watching the previews. As he indicated here last week in the comments section he’s a little disappointed that comics prior to the Dandy and Beano were largely omitted but overall Lew seems to be fairly impressed: “What all of these documentaries do so well is to put the comics into the context of their historical and sociological environment.” In the same post Lew also mentions something I missed at the weekend – the Guardian (generally a rather good broadsheet for covering comics and graphic novels seriously) had a three-page strip by Bryan Talbot which had a potted history of Brit comics, including those earlier, pre-Dandy works.

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

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