The year of the scholarly look continues in Edinburgh as the National Library of Scotland presents a two month exhibitions of comics and a series of events featuring Alan Davis, Vince Deighan (Frank Quitely to you and me), Metaphrog and many others. You can see the entire list of events here but here’s the basics:

Local Heroes: The Art of the Graphic Novel

The evolution of the graphic novel as a ‘serious artform’, from its humble beginnings in newspaper cartoon strips and superhero comics, has been rapid and revolutionary. Its influence in cinema, popular culture and literature is beyond doubt, while the subject matter of illustrated works grows increasingly diverse. This exhibition draws on material from the Library’s vast collections to tell the story of how comics have ‘grown up’ over the past 40 years, and the influential role Scots artists and writers have played. The Broons, the superheroes and villains of Marvel comics and international work such as Tintin and Japanese Manga all feature, alongside the seminal work of Alan Moore, Art Speigelman and Frank Miller. Scottish artists featured include Grant Morrison, Alan Grant and Cam Kennedy, whose original artwork from the graphic novel adaptation of Kidnapped will also be on show. Put your creativity to the test with a host of interactive exercises.

Opening Hours: 10am to 8pm Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm Saturday and 2pm to 5pm Sundays