Panel Borders: Exhibiting comics
Continuing our month of shows about about non practitioners’ love of comics, Alex Fitch talks to Lord Baker of Dorking about The Cartoon Museum‘s latest exhibition ‘Her Maj: Sixty years of unofficial portraits of the Queen’ and to John Huddy, founder and curator of The Illustration Cupboard about the gallery’s history.
Also, from last week’s Manga Jiman awards ceremony at the Embassy of Japan in London, Cultural Officer Simon Wright and Minister Hiroshi Suzuki, the director of the Japan Information and Culture Centre, introduce this year’s winning entries to the comic book competition.
Links: The Illustration Cupboard’s website
Info about The Cartoon Museum
Info about Manga Jiman winners on the Japan Embassy website / Haiku Girl blog
Listen to interviews with the 2008 / 2010 Manga Jiman winners
Confessions of an Otaku – David Blandy in conversation with Japanese manga artist Inko
Video artist David Blandy unravels his obsession with Chinese and Japanese popular culture. From philosophical conversations with Bruce Lee to the quandary caused by loving Anime and being the grandson of a veteran of the Japanese concentration camps, Blandy will discuss the misrecognitions, mistranslations and revelations in Kung-Fu flicks, Manga and computer games.
Blandy uses video, performance and comics to address how identity is constructed, investigating our relationship to the mass media and cultural heritage. Blandy won the Times/South Bank Show Breakthrough Award in 2010.
Inko was born in Kyoto, Japan, and has been working as a Manga artist, and as a culture and language ambassador with SOAS.
Ticket Price (£6 / £8 / £10) includes a glass of wine
Thursday, February 16, 2012 at 6:45 PM
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Orbital comics exhibition
To celebrate the release of Mary and Bryan Talbot’s long awaited Dotter of her Father’s Eyes, the Orbital Gallery is hosting an exhibition with original artwork from the book from until March 2, 2012.
8 Great Newport Street
London WC2H 7JA
Storytelling for Comics and Graphic Novels course
You will learn about comic and graphic novel storytelling techniques, and how to create your own visual narrative. Everyone will end the course with one completed comic page, and the skills to continue their work for themselves. We will look at comic and graphic novel art styles, the use of text and images, the “grammar” of comic art, use of sound effects, abstraction, and styles. You provide a story from your own experience, or one you wish to adapt into the medium.
West Dean College, Chichester (Suitable for all levels)
2nd – 4th March 2012
Details here: www.westdean.org.uk