Panel Borders: Graphic Lives

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)

Extracts from Let me be Frank, Dead Peoples Music, and The fall of light by Sarah Laing / Dotter of her Fathers Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot

Extracts from Let me be Frank, Dead People’s Music, and The fall of light by Sarah Laing / Dotter of her Father’s Eyes and Sally Heathcote: Suffragette by Mary Talbot

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Links: Sarh Laing’s blog
Mary Talbot’s website

Recommended events:

ELCAF 2014

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

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

Subverting Stereotypes

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

Comic Book events at Medway Fuse Festival

Comic Cuts

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

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:

Excerpt from Walerian Borowczyk board game by Tony Hitchman

Excerpt from Walerian Borowczyk 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