For the first time, Comic Guru in Cardiff is hosting an event with Wales-based publisher, Candy Jar Books, giving fans the chance to meet a number of writers, as a celebration of female talent.
The event coincides with the recent release of Captain Marvel, a film which sees Vers (Brie Larson) take on the shape-shifting Skrulls before plummeting down into a Blockbusters store on the planet C-53… Owner of the Comic Guru, Kristian Barry, says:
“Both the DC and Marvel comic and film franchises have been at the catalyst of change. They have always embraced diversity and championed equal rights. Captain Marvel shows that women can be superheroes too. At the Comic Guru we want to celebrate this, and with Mother’s Day coming up we thought it was an ideal opportunity.”
Visit Comic Guru this Saturday (30th March 2019) and you can meet Alyson Leeds, an author from the Doctor Who spin-off Lethbridge-Stewart series, as well as children’s sci-fi authors, Cherry Cobb and Michelle Briscombe.
Alyson Leeds – whose debut novel, Fear of the Web is based on The Web of Fear – states:
“The one thing I always disliked about The Web of Fear was how male dominated the storyline was, and being a part of the Lethbridge-Stewart series has given me a chance to make sure the females are given their platform to speak.”
Michelle Briscombe’s The House on March Lane contains two brave female protagonists, one from the modern day and the other from the Victorian era. Both characters are free thinkers and despite being separated by 100 years, they become unlikely friends.
Cherry Cobb, author of Will’s War, a book about a boy who time travels back to World War II London, says:
“My dad was eleven when he was evacuated from Plymouth. He often used to tell me stories about how they lived and I think this is why it felt more natural to me to write about the experience of a boy. Although Will’s War has a lot of male characters, I did not aim it at boys, but as something to be enjoyed by everyone.”
Candy Jar’s Shaun Russell continues:
“We’re proud of the stand sci-fi has been taking recently. We’ve tried to make our statement with our authors, as well as our Lethbridge-Stewart spin-off, The Lucy Wilson Mysteries. Sci-fi is for everyone, boys and girls, and this event has something for the whole family. Not to mention, as it takes place the day before Mother’s Day, it might be just be the perfect opportunity to pick up a last minute gift.”
Publishing Co-ordinator, Keren Williams goes on:
“Alongside author meet and greets, there will be a chance to get your hands on some free books, and if you are interested in becoming an author yourself, Candy Jar’s team will be available to chat throughout the day.”
They’ll be joined by Terry Cooper, author of the sci-fi comedy, Kangazang! Small Cosmos, and director of the Welsh independent film, Offworld. He says:
“I have two daughters myself and do recognise the importance of strong role models for girls. Despite my book being a laddish adventure story, it is the female character that ultimately saves the day. Equally in Offworld it is the female spaceship Captain that takes centre stage in my story.”
The event will take place on 30th March 2019 at Comic Guru, now located
in the Queen Street arcade in the middle of Cardiff, Wales, 11:00am- 4:30pm.