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Reading's comic appeal

It is hard to think of a better location than Glasgow for last night's gathering of comic book writers, artists, publishers and distributors.

Not only was The Looking Glass, which some consider to be the world's first comic book, published in the city in 1825; but, also, in recent years Glasgow has become the site of some of the country's largest comic book conventions.

The Issue One event at the CCA in the city is also a sign of the wider success of comic books and graphic novels and the industry's growing acclaim and respectability. In 2012, for example, Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot became the first graphic work to win the biography section of a major literary prize.

But where next? One of the topics at last night's event was how to develop new markets and attract new audiences. Comics for children are one of the areas that need attention.

Thirty years ago, comic books such as The Victor and Hotspur were one of the best ways to interest boys in reading but there is now a lack of good comics for a young audience. Scotland has some of the best comic book artists in the world. Perhaps creating the next great comic for children could be their new mission.

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