Panel Borders: Nelson

Panel Borders: Nelson

Continuing our month of shows looking at depictions of lives on the page, Dan Berry talks to four of his fellow creators who worked on the award winning anthology graphic novel Nelson, published by Blank Slate Books, including the book’s co-editor Rob Davis and artists Duncan Fegredo, Jonathan Edwards, Sarah McIntyre and Suzy Varty. Nelson depicts 54 days in the life of the titular character, a young and then adult female Londoner, who is born in the first chapter set in 1968 and we follow her life to middle age in the present day. Dan discusses the history of the project, the aspects of autobiography that were absorbed into each creator’s pages and the collaborative processes involved in working on a exquisite corpse method of storytelling. (Recorded at Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds 2011 and edited by Alex Fitch)

Panels from Nelson by Dan Berry, Duncan Fegredo, Rob Davis, Sarah McIntyre, Jonathan Edwards and Suzy Varty

Panels from Nelson by Dan Berry, Duncan Fegredo, Rob Davis, Sarah McIntyre, Jonathan Edwards and Suzy Varty

(Originally broadcast 9th December 2012 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
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Links: Nelson page at Blank Slate Books website
Dan Berry’s website and podcast
Rob Davis’ blog
Sarah McIntyre’s website
Comic Book Database pages on Suzy Varty and Duncan Fegredo
Jonathan Edwards’ website

Listen to Alex Fitch’s interview with Woodrow Phoenix about Nelson and previous interviews with Sarah McIntyre and Dan Berry

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
Times: C4RD is open Thur-Sat, 1-6pm, admission free

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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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