Visual conversations

Satirists have a distinct ability to dictate how politicians and famous figures will be remembered long after they fade from the public eye. David Cameron, for me, will always be the shiny, slippery balloon, jellyfish or even a condom, as drawn by Guardian illustrator Steve Bell, just as I always picture John Major as a grey Spitting Image puppet accompanied by a plate of peas.

The cover of Steve Bell's new book If... Bursts Out
The cover of Steve Bell’s new book If… Bursts Out

Bell will be discussing his careers, and the thinking behind such characterisations, at a talk at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts at the beginning of next month.

He will be joined by Bryan Talbot, celebrated as the UK’s father of modern graphic novels, who will be talking about his career highlights, including books Arkwright, Tale of One Bad Rat, Alice in Sunderland and Grandville.

A page from Grandville, Bryan Talbot's latest novel
A page from Grandville, Bryan Talbot’s latest novel

From their underground comix origins to their latest hardback tomes, the pair will address the processes behind their work as well as their respective career highlights.

Steve Bell and Bryan Talbot will speak at the ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y on 1 December at 6.45pm

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