Panel Borders: Graphic Lives
Continuing a month looking at work of female comic book creators, Alex Fitch talks to writers Sarah Laing and Dr. Mary Talbot about their graphic novels which mix biography and autobiography in an extract from a panel discussion recorded at the Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and Arts, Kings College. Laing discusses her autobiographical comic Let me be Frank and her novel The Fall of Light which separates the story of an architect recuperating after an accident into silent comics and traditional text; Dr. Talbot talks about her first graphic novel Dotter of her Father’s Eyes which juxtaposes her childhood with that of Lucia Joyce and her latest book Sally Heathcote: Suffragette. Originally broadcast Monday 9th June 2014 on Resonance 104.4 FM (London)
For more info and a variety of different formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this podcast at www.archive.org
East London Comic Art Festival takes place at the Pickle Factory, 13-14 The Oval, London E2 9DT
Saturday 14th June 2014
Guests include Chris Ware, Anouk Ricard, Jesse Moynihan, Anne Simon, Mattias Adolfsson, Takayo Akiyama and Seth, with exhibiros including NoBrow, SelfMadeHero, Myriad Editions, Great Beast, It’s Nice That and many more.
Alex Fitch will be in conversation with Anne Simon about her collaborations with psychoanalyst Corinne Maier on two graphic biographies on Marx and Freud, plus other comics illustrations and children’s books at 2.30pm
Also Takayo Fukiyama’s Strange Worlds exhibition will be accompanying ELCAF at The Bishopsgate Building, London EC2M 3UG, from 27th May – 27th June
More info at http://www.elcaf.co.uk
Graphic novel courses at The British Library
To accompany the current Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK exhibition at The British Library, there are a pair of short educational comics courses being run by Ariel Kahn (Roehampton University).
Becoming a Graphic Novelist
Who is in Charge? The dynamics of image and text
Thu 19 Jun 2014, 18.30-20.30
Wed 25 Jun 2014, 18.30-20.30
Price: £40 / £35 concessions
Mastering the Graphic Novel
Playing with Fire: Sex, subversion and the Self
Thu 26 Jun 2014, 18.30-20.30
Pushing the Boundaries, From Pitch to Publication
Wed 2 Jul 2014, 18.30-20.30
Price: £40 / £35 concessions
More info at www.bl.uk/whatsonl
Comic Book events at Medway Fuse Festival
Squarecube Artisans will be creating eight-foot high cut out characters from comic books and illustrations.
5.30pm, Friday 13th June, Great Lines Heritage Park
Bryan Talbot presents a range of comic artwork from his collection
Comic artist Bryan Talbot presents a range of comic artwork from his collection including original pieces from Dotter of her Fathers Eyes, Alice in Sunderland and Heart of Empire. The exhibition also featuring work from Joe Decie, Iam Williams and Mark Barnes.
11am – 5pm, Friday 13th June, Rochester Art Gallery
Drop-in Cartoon and Comic workshops with Gary Northfield
Stop-by and try your hand at drawing your own characters and comic strips beneath at the Mobile Library Bus, which will be packed with amazing comics, graphic novels and manga books.
All day, Saturday 14th June, Military Road, Chatham, ME4 4JG
Comic Creation Corner
Learn amazing drawing techniques and create your own incredible characters and comic strips with professional artists Gary Northfield and Alex Milway. Enter your finished artwork into a pop up exhibition and browse or borrow some awesome comics, graphic novels and manga books from the Children’s Mobile Library Bus. Suitable for all ages. Young children must be accompanied by an adult.
All day, Sunday 15th June, Rochester Castle Gardens
Fuse Festival of Comics
Celebrate the opening of the exhibition A Thousand Words exhibition featuring art by Bryan Talbot with a whole day of comic art activity. Come along and find out about comic art and illustration, enjoy drawing activities and meet some of the exhibiting artists. Open to all. Including a special Drawing Dads activity especially for Father’s Day too.
10am – 5pm, Princes Hall at the Corn Exchange, Rochester
More info about Fuse Festival at fusefestival.org.uk
Recent Electric Sheep Magazine comics
The latest issue continues a seasonal look at the work of Walerian Borowczyk with a comic book board game by Tony Hitchman:
and new comics by Dan Lester – on Roger Corman’s The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (!) and Lee Christien on Derke Jarman’s Jubilee, which was the website’s 50th film review comic strip. Find more info about the history of Electric Sheep comics here…