Simon Grennan has recently completed a graphic adaptation of the novel John Caldigate, one of the later works of nineteenth century novelist Anthony Trollope, commissioned by the University of Leuven, Belgium. Titled Dispossession, the long-form graphic novel takes both Trollope’s writing style and his life and times as its subject, as well as his novel’s plot, with startling results. Dispossession is published by Jonathan Cape and, in French translation, by Les Impressions Nouvelles. Simon Grennan has also published an academic book titled A Theory of Narrative Drawing with New York publisher Palgrave Macmillan, presenting a new systematic framework for thinking about comics.
Between 2014 and 2016, Simon was Principle Investigator on an Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) funded project, bringing the work of nineteenth-century cartoonist and actress Marie Duval to public view. The Marie Duval Archive presents around 1400 of Duval’s drawings at www.marieduval.org. With Co-Investigators Professor Roger Sabin and Dr Julian Waite, Simon has also curated a touring exhibition of Duval’s work, last seen in Berlin and London, and will publish both an academic book and a coffee table book on Duval.