In advance of Graphic Brighton 2022, which will be on the topic of comics by and for young people, the University of Brighton will be running four FREE ‘Saturday Clubs’ on March 12th, 19th, 26th and April 2nd 2022 from 10am to 2pm with a break for lunch, run by a team of lecturers and creators who have taught and made comics themselves, including young Brighton graphic novelist Coco Kirkland (Project Immortality).
If you’re a 13 to 16-year-old living in the Brighton area and would like to learning about making comics, this course might be ideal for you! With sessions on creating characters, planning stories, and how to lay out a comic book page, these workshops are a brilliant way of find out more about how comics are made, with the intent of creating your own short comic, which will then be published in an anthology and exhibited on campus.
Please watch these videos by Coco Kirkland, and University of Brighton lecturer Barbara Chamberlin to find out why comics are a great to express yourself creatively…
For more info about the comics Saturday Clubs, and to book a place, please email outreach [at] brighton.ac.uk before Friday 25th February!
As part of the University of Brighton’s cultural exchange with Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Graphic Brighton has programmed part of their June academic comics conference: ‘L’Enfance de l’Art: Jeuness et Bandes dessinées’ (The Childhood of Art: Youth and Comics) on June 3rd and 4th 2021…
The conference is mainly in French, but former Comics Laureate Hannah Berry and Comics Academic Laurence Grove (University of Glasgow) will be giving talks as part of the programme.
Here’s info about their presentations:
June 3rd, 2.30pm Hannah Berry will be discussing “Kindness, Resilience and Sci-fi: The Rez and Planet Divoc-91”
Author of three critically acclaimed graphic novels: Livestock (2017), Adamtine (2012) and Britten & Brülightly (2008) (official selection of Angoulême in 2010), Hannah Berry will present her latest projects: The Rez, a comic and interactive podcast series set in the distant future, designed to help 9-11 year olds foster the concept of kindness and build resilience; and Planet Divoc-91, a comic series and multi-disciplinary project to help young adults process the challenges of the pandemic through a sci-fi lens.
June 4th, 8.30am
Laurence Grove will be discussing “Depictions of Disability in YA Comics”
Comics are now a medium that embraces, contextualises and supports young people with disabilities—and tell some of the story of how we got there. A historical view of comics gives a frank (but disturbing) insight to society’s approach to disabilities at a given time. Perhaps it is the very reasons that lend comics a positive role today—immediate accessibility via images, the presentation and questioning of stereotypes, the focus on (non) action and communication—that meant historical comics also suited a less-inclusive time.
A number of talks and panel discussions recorded at Graphic Brighton have been broadcast on Resonance FM, and subsequently podcast over the last year. If you weren’t able to come along to Graphic Brighton in recent years, these are a great way of catching up with the exciting events that take place in each year’s festival!
Architecture Culture: Anise Gallery / Amiens Cathedral – Jacquelyn Jubert and Joe Robson (founders of Anise Gallery, Shad Thames) and artists Owen D. Pomery and Alison Samson discuss the representation of architecture in graphic arts, and academic Justin Wadlow (University of Picardy Jules Verne) talks about the posters he’s helped curate for Amiens BD festival, which include representations of the city’s Cathedral and other architectural landmarks. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2019.
Panel Borders: Researching Comics’ Histories – As part of a panel discussion recorded at Graphic Brighton 2018 hosted by Elle Whitcroft, M. J. Hibbett and Rob Fleay talk about and perform music from animated superhero adventures from the 1960s, including tracks from the Batman TV show and Spider-Man cartoon.
Panel Borders: Dramatising the Real – Alex Fitch talks to Bryan and Mary Talbot about their graphic novels Sally Heathcote: Suffragette and The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia on French revolutionary Louise Michel in a Q and A recorded at Graphic Brighton 2016.
and to be broadcast 5.30pm, 6th January 2021 on Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (London) / streamed at www.resonancefm.com, Panel Borders: Educating Comics – Comics academic Elle Whitcroft introduces Ottilie Hansworth and her students Charlotte Semlyen, Tania Suryabandara, Judith Biddlestone and Nick Cannan regarding their creation of a strip anthology about The Theatre Royal, Brighton, and Alex Fitch talks to graphic novelist and Comics Laureate Hannah Berry about her activities in the role. Recorded at Graphic Brighton 2019.
After a year’s delay, Graphic Brighton hopes to be back in 2021, with two events in June and November TBC. Watch this space!
At Graphic Brighton 2019, John Miers and Paul Fisher Davies drew sketchnotes on Saturday 4th May, the second day of the symposium, before, during and after their panel on their own artistic practice.
Here are their terrific sketches of the day…
10.15am Performing comics for research: Ian Hornsby, Jodie Hawkes, Pete Phillips (all University of Chichester) / (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
Richy and Ottilie discuss using biography and autobiography to inform their comics to help people with personal issues.
Ben talks about using historical research to create a graphic novel that deals with a father’s PTSD.
3pm Using comics to explain ideas: Dr. Louisa Buck (University of Brighton), Ian Horton (University of the Arts, London), and Daniel Locke (Chair: Barbara Chamberlin, University of Brighton)
Louisa discusses dramatising the life of Sysiphus based on her research into the use of his myth in political cartoons…
Ian talks about the Applied Comics Network of creators informing the public about their work, and Dan explores his career as a cartoonist so far, on projects in collaboration with Rewilding Sussex and the Wellcome Centre.
4pm “A Designer’s brush with Comics”: talk by George Hardie (Hipgnosis) / (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
George discusses his graphic design practice and interest in Tintin and other comics as a source of ideas.
Graphic Brighton 2019 features a selection of the best British comic book and graphic novel creators talking about their work in FREE panel discussions and individual presentations…
Hannah Berry – 10.15am Friday 3rd May
Hannah is the current British Comics Laureate and author of graphic novels Adamtine (2012), Britten and Brulightly (2008) and Livestock (2017), all published by Jonathan Cape. She also draws strips for Prospect and New Statesman and has written scripts for 2000AD and Misty in recent years. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a podcaster and Arvon Foundation Tutor.
Warren Pleece – 11.15am Friday 3rd May
Warren has been illustrating comics for over 30 years including a variety of titles for DC Comics including Sandman Mystery Theatre, John Constantine: Hellblazer, The Invisibles and Lucifer. He often works with his brother Gary, creating such titles as Montague Terrace and The Great Unwashed, and has recently illustrated the graphic novels Incognegro: Renaissance (Berger Books) and Freedom Bound (BHP).
Alison Sampson – 12.15pm Friday 3rd May
Alison is the illustrator of Genesis and Winnebago Graveyard for Image Comics, a contributor to Femme Manifique and has been a cover artist for The Wicked + the Divine. She is a fully qualified RIBA Architect and curated the immersive Think of a City tumblr, inviting artists from around the world to create unique aspects of a fictional city. She is currently illustrating Hit Girl: India, the latest Kick-Ass sequel.
Richy K. Chandler – 12.15pm Saturday 4th May
Richy is an artist, musician and webcomic creator, known for his popular strip Lucy the Octopus, recently collected by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. He has written the official comic strips based on Adventure Time and Wallace & Gromit and over the last couple of years been creating children’s books based on coming to terms with difficult life experiences such as You Make Your Parents Super Happy!: A book about parents separating.
Ottilie Hainsworth – 3pm Friday 3rd May
Ottilie is an artist and tutor at The Phoenix, Brighton, where she helps people turn real life stories into comics and graphic novels. She is the author of the graphic novel Talking to Gina, a memoir of a beloved dog, published by Myriad Editions and curator / editor of a collection of comic strips on The Theatre Royal, Brighton, produced with and by her students who will be joining her at Graphic Brighton.
George Hardie – 4pm Saturday 4th May
George is an award winning graphic designer who worked with Hipgnosis on classic album covers such as Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon, Futurama: Be-Bop Delux and Led Zeppelin I. He incorporates comics into his work on a regular bases, from the stickers that came with Dark Side of the Moon and Wish You Were Here to magazine covers and restaurant menus, and the children’s book Cluedo: Armchair Detective.
No tickets needed for talks / panels, just come along! Book 2pm workshops here…
Graphic Brighton is generally not ticketed – if you’d like to attend any of the talks or panel discussions on either 3rd or 4th May 2019, just come along!
If a session has already started, please quietly take a seat at the back of the room.
If you would like to come along to one of the 2pm workshops, these are also free, but there are only 30 tickets for each, to keep numbers manageable for Muna and Chris.
So, to book:
Using comics to explore sensitive issues – workshop led by cartoonist Muna Al-Jawad on how to make comic strips that can be used to communicate difficult situations.
Friday, May 3rd, 2-3pm, Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton City Campus
Turning ideas into comics – workshop led by graphic novelist Chris Geary on how to turn factual moments and ideas into narratives for comic strips.
Saturday, May 4th, 2-3pm, Grand Parade Gallery, University of Brighton City Campus
Here’s the terrific new poster for Graphic Brighton 2019, with art by Chris Geary, adapted from his forthcoming, currently untitled, graphic novel follow-up to Commitment: A Novel about Managing Project Risk (written by Olav Maassen and Chris Matts)
If you work in a comic shop or University, feel free to print out a copy and display it!
Sponsored by University of Brighton Creative Futures and Design Star.
Here’s the line-up (barring accidents and emergencies) of this year’s Graphic Brighton Festival at the University of Brighton…
Friday 3rd May
10.15am Using comics to inspire new creators: Hannah Berry (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
11.15am Using comics to create biography 1: Warren Pleece, Ian Williams, Corinne Pearlman (Chair: Clari Searle, University of Coventry)
12.15pm Using comics to explain architecture: Alison Sampson, Owen Pomery,
Jacquelyn Jubert and Joe Robson (AVR London / Anise Gallery) (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
2pm Using comics to explore sensitive issues: Muna Al-Jawad (workshop)
3pm Using comics to explore history: Ottilie Hainsworth + students from The Phoenix (Chair: Elle Whitcroft, University of Sussex)
4pm Using comics to explore a city: Justin Wadlow (Université de Picardie Jules Verne) / (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
Sat 4th May
10.15am Performing comics for research: Ian Hornsby (University of Chichester), Jodie Hawkes (University of Chichester), Pete Phillips (University of Chichester) / (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
11.15am Using comics as documentation: Paul Fisher Davies (University of Sussex), John Miers (University of the Arts, London)/(Chair: Clari Searle, University of Coventry)
12.15pm Using comics for biography 2: Ben Dickson, Richy K Chandler, Ottilie Hainsworth (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
2pm Using comics to explain ideas 1: Chris Geary (workshop)
3pm Using comics to explain ideas 2: Ian Horton (University of the Arts, London), Louisa Buck (University of Brighton), Daniel Locke (Chair: Barbara Chamberlin, University of Brighton)
4pm “A Designer’s brush with Comics”: talk by George Hardie (Hipgnosis) about his practice / (Chair: Alex Fitch, University of Brighton)
Graphic Brighton 2019: Making Comics Work will be taking place at University of Brighton City Campus on 3rd and 4th May, 2019. This year’s event is looking at educational comics, where comics are used to inform readers about topics they’d like to know more about, covering all sorts of themes including historical biography, science, medicinal practices, architecture, university research and risk management in business.
Guests include cartoonists and comic creators Ian Williams, Chris Geary, Ottilie Hainsworth, Richy K Chandler, Warren Pleece, Alison Sampson, Owen Pomery, Muna Al-Jawad, Ben Dickson, Daniel Locke and comics laureate Hannah Berry. George Hardie (Hipgnosis) and architects Jacquelyn Cohen and Joe Robson (AVR London), will also be coming along to talk about their practice and use of comics to disseminate their work. The two day event, which will take place in the University gallery, is a mixture of talks, panel discussions and workshops.
Check back here for more info about the event, but in the meantime, save the date!
FREE, 10am-5pm, 3rd and 4th May 2019, University of Brighton City Campus, 58-67 Grand Parade, Brighton BN2 0JY
Sponsored by University of Brighton Creative Futures and Design Star.