Panel Borders: Drawn Together – Aline and Robert Crumb

Panel Borders: Drawn Together – Aline and Robert Crumb

Starting a month of shows about ‘lives on the page’, Panel Borders looks at graphic novels which depict the travails of human existence with books that straddle the divide between autobiography and fiction. This week, we’re proud to present Alex Fitch’s interview with Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Robert Crumb about their collection Drawn Together, published by Knockabout, which collects 40 years of their collaborative autobiographical comics, including guest art by their daughter Sophie and other luminaries of the American indie comics scene including Art Spiegelman and Charles Burns.
Alex talks to Robert and Aline about the history of the project, how it displays the intersection of her feminism and his sex obsession and aspects of truth and fiction in autobiographical comics.

Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, interior and cover art from Drawn Together

Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, interior and cover art from Drawn Together

(Originally broadcast 2nd December 2012 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
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Links: Info about Drawn together at Knockabout Comics website
Original art from Drawn Together on flickr
Official Robert Crumb website

Recommended events:

Comic art exhibition: SCORE AND SCRIPT

Devised by John Miers, curated by Comica co-director Megan Donnolley, featuring 23 of Britain’s finest comics creators: Sean Azzopardi, Elliot Baggott, Dan Berry, Andy Bleck, Richy K. Chandler, John Cei Douglas, Daniel Fennings, Andrew Godfrey, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, James Hickman, Sally-Anne Hickman, Kripa Joshi, Mike Medaglia, Stuart Medley, Tanya Meditzky, John Miers, Douglas Noble, Gary Northfield, David O’Connell, Woodrow Phoenix, Andy Poyiadgi, John Riordan and Karen Rubins.

There will also be a “Santa’s Ghetto” fair day on Saturday December 8, where comics and other artwork by the exhibitors will be on sale.

Venue: Centre for Recent Drawing, 2-4 Highbury Station Road, London N1 1SB
Dates: Exhibition runs Nov 22 – Dec 15, fair day Saturday December 8.
Times: C4RD is open Thur-Sat, 1-6pm, admission free.

More info about all events at

Forbidden Planet signings

Chicks Unravel Time – 05/12/12

Join Kaite Welsh, Juliet McKenna, Una McCormack, Iona Sharma, Elizabeth Bolton-Gabrielson and Laura Simpson unravelling time at Forbidden Planet London on Wednesday 5th December from 6 – 7pm!

Chicks Unravel Time is the sister book to the 2011 Hugo Award-winning Chicks Dig Time Lords and features a host of award-winning female writers, media professionals and scientists, examining each season of new and classic Doctor Who from their unique perspectives.

Join our guests as they celebrate female writers and all things Doctor Who. They’ll be free to talk about their writing, their love for science and for the show. This an evening to celebrate everything that chicks dig about Time Lords – and about Time itself!

Wednesday 05 December 2012 18:00 – 19:00

Paul Cornell, reading from and signing his first urban fantasy novel LONDON FALLING – 06/12/12

The dark is rising . . .

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect Rob Toshack is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal.

Thursday 06 December 2012 18:00 – 19:00

London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR / more info at:

Gosh! Comics: Bryan Lee O’Malley & Hope Larson Signing

The last time we had Bryan Lee O’Malley in our shop was just before he got all gussied up for the red carpet premiere of Scott Pilgrim. That was two years ago so it’s about time we had him back — he still hasn’t seen our fancy new shop! This time he’s joined at the signing table by his phenomenally talented wife, Hope Larson, so you’re getting two great creators for the price of one signing line. It’s all happening on Friday the 7th of December, from 5pm to 7pm and you are invited. Find out who borrowed your Scott Pilgrims, ring them up and demand them back. You need to bring these tea-spattered and much-loved volumes along to Gosh! Comics and you can tell them we said so. But! If you’re new to the world of Larson and O’Malley and have no need to make demanding phonecalls, perhaps you would like to purchase some of these on the day instead:

From the Larson shelf you can have Gray Horses, her first book after the web-syndicated Salamander Dream (which is sadly unavailable), Chiggers, and its spiritual successor Mercury. Her latest book is a comics adaptaion of Madeline L’Engle‘s 1962 science-fiction novel, A Wrinkle in Time.

And from O’Malley you can have Lost at Sea, a road trip story from 2003, and all six Scott Pilgrim volumes. And! If you already own all the Scott Pilgrim volumes you might also be tempted at the last minute when you see the new colour hardcover editions — volumes 1 and 2 for £18.99 a pop.

If you can’t make it on the day and would like to request a signed book then send us an email to and we’ll sort it out for you.

Friday, December 7, 5pm to 7pm

Hope Larson & Bryan Lee O’Malley @ Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR

Graphic Novel Reading Group at North Finchley Library

Come along to this friendly monthly reading group for the finest in graphic literature, hosted by Karen Rubins (Blood Magic, Urban Beasts)

7 December 2012 – Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure by Hoshino Yukinobu
4 January 2013 – Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot and Bryan Talbot

North Finchley Library, Ravensdale Avenue, London N12 9HP
Tele: 020 8359 3845
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Laydeez do comics December 2012


MONDAY 10 DECEMBER 2012, 6.30-9.30pm
The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ


Lucy Dale, artist
Dr Anna Madill, University of Leeds
Heather Wilson, artist

This will be the final meeting in Laydeez’ much beloved home in East London, so please come along for tea and cake before we reconvene in the new year in Central London…

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