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Graphic Brighton 2018: Music and Comics

This year’s Graphic Brighton is on the subject of Music and Comics and is being held in Brighton on July 19th, and at the University of Sussex (Falmer) on July 20th – as with previous events it will mix academic presentations with talks by comic book creators; see full ‘Call for papers’ below…

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Call for Papers

Music and comics have had a connection right from the start, with the title of the seminal newspaper strip Hogan’s Alley taken from a popular song by Edward Harrigan. As the 20th Century progressed these two media flirted with each other for inspiration and style, from Marvel comics based on the rock band KISS, to Duran Duran taking their name from Barbarella. Back room printing presses in the 60s and 70s saw the gig flyer and alternative comix emerge side by side, and comic creators from Alan Moore to Richard McGuire have been inspired by music in the creation of their long (play) narratives.

Graphic Brighton 2018 explores the rich and diverse inter-relationship between comics and music. As an event which aims to be interdisciplinary, we invite speakers and contributors from academic and creator-based backgrounds in comics, visual cultures and music so as to open discussion across the disciplines. We invite 20-minute papers themed around, but not limited to, the following:

• Comix, music and the rise of 1960 counter-cultures
• Audience reception, fan cultures and fan production, past and present – backroom printing presses used for flyers and comic printing
• Zine cultures
• Musical Manga – RoadSong, Pure Trance, Berry Dynamite and more
• Comics and music journalism – Neil Gaiman meets Duran Duran, Joe Sacco tours with the Miracle Workers
• Comic book bands: from ‘Josie and the Pussycats’ to ‘Sex Bob-omb’
• Musical biopix (for example Reinhard Kleist’s Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness & Nick Cave: Mercy on Me or Pénélope Bagieu’s California Dreamin’)
• Musicians and comics creators: musicians creating comics (for example Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy or Tom Morello’s Orchid) or comics creators working in music (for example Jamie Hewlett and Gorillaz)
• Musical histories in comics form (for example Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree)
• Music and comics aesthetics: pop star style (2000AD’s Zenith and ‘Wic Div’)
• Anti-heroes in music magazines: Tank Girl in Deadline, Rock Power feat. ‘Heavy Metal’ Dredd
• Comics vs. album cover art (Robert Crumb, Charles Burns and Oliver East’s album covers / Marvel Hip-Hop variants)
• Music in the comics of Mike and Laura Allred – Graphik Muzik and Red Rocket 7
• The Jazz Age in comics – Roger Langridge, Hunt Emerson and Robert Crumb
• Comic book musicals – from It’s a Bird…It’s a Plane…It’s Superman!, to Annie and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark
• Musical ‘superheroes’ (for example Kiss and Alice Cooper’s fantastical adventures in comics)
• The musicality of the comics form: rhythm, pace and movement in and between panels
• The visualisation of musical sound – music in V for Vendetta, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow
• ‘Performing’ comics and music – stage productions by Dave McKean et al.
• The music in film or TV adaptations of comics (for example Watchmen and Suicide Squad)

Please submit your abstract (300 words) and brief biography (100 words) to B.J.Chamberlin [at] brighton.ac.uk no later than Friday 1 June 2018

Graphic Brighton is curated by Barbara Chamberlin, Alex Fitch and Elle Whitcroft, with support from Aanchal Vij.

This free event will be held at the University of Sussex on Friday July 20th, with talks by artists Hunt Emerson, The Surreal McCoy and George Hardie (Hipgnosis), plus a comic book creators’ discussion and multimedia DJ gig in the centre of Brighton (venue and time TBC) on the evening of July 19th featuring members of The Meow Meows, Cud and Howlround.

This event is funded by the University of Sussex Researcher-Led Initiative Fund.

 

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Caption 2017 programme

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Here’s info about the line-up of talks and presentations as part of Graphic Brighton at Caption 2017:

Friday Dec 1st, The Phoenix Brighton

6pm doors open

6.30pm Intro to Caption – Alex Fitch & Jenni Scott

6.45pm ‘Music and Comics’: panel discussion with The Surreal McCoy and DJ Food

7.30pm ‘Lightning Talks’: presentations by Rachel Ball, Tom Cleary, Ottilie Hainsworth, Jaime Huxtable, Daniel Locke, Michi Mathias and Myfanwy Tristram

8.30pm ‘Misty and the legacy of classic girls comics’: panel discussion with Hannah Berry, Hannah Eaton and Jenni Scott

10pm close

Related events:

Also on Dec 1st: Bozboz Gallery private view, 30 Richmond Place, BN2 9NA, including:

7.45pm Exhibition launch for the ‘Art of Snub 23’, featuring a DJ set by DJ Food

Saturday Dec 2nd:

Mapping Your Own World @ Phoenix Brighton
11 am – 1 pm and 2 – 4 pm, free drop-in
Creative sessions for all the family with Phoenix artists including Ottilie Hainsworth. Enjoy exploring and making together. Children 3 – 14 years old must be accompanied by a parent or carer.

Maps & Lives exhibition celebration day @ Phoenix Brighton
2 – 8 pm in the gallery and at Phoenix Community Centre
Join us for a celebration of the Maps & Lives exhibition, a ‘rear view’ instead of a ‘private view’ and a last chance to contribute artwork to the community project.

Rose Tinted Spectacular Zine Fair – meet artists and buy ‘zines and comics by local creators

3pm – 11pm The Rose Hill Tavern, Rose Hill Terrace, London Road, Brighton BN1 4JL

All weekend:

An exhibition of original comic art by Joe Decie (Collecting Sticks) of his strips for Brighton’s monthly Viva Magazine, alongside other art works and photography featured in the periodical

‘Regency Town House’, 13 Brunswick Square, Hove BN3 1EH

Friday 1st of December to Sunday 3rd Decemeber, from 10am until 5pm

More info: http://www.rth.org.uk/whats-on#viva

Graphic Brighton @ Caption 2017

The next main Graphic Brighton Festival has been moved to 2018 due to unforeseen circumstances, but in the meantime a related comics event is taking place on December 1st 2017 at Phoenix Brighton, featuring panel discussions, ‘Lightning Talk’ presentations and a stall selling small press comics.

More info coming soon…

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10 days to go!

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With only ten days to go, don’t forget to buy your ticket for Graphic Brighton 2016!

This year’s Graphic Brighton festival and conference is taking place at the University of Brighton City Campus on 9th and 10th December, with the theme of war comics and graphic novels about wartime resistance. Guests talking about their work include Dave McKean, Bryan and Mary Talbot, Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, plus the editors and the creators of “Brighton’s Graphic War” and many more.

On Friday 9th December there is an academic conference in the University’s building on Edward Street, with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Friday evening and all day Saturday are public events; and on the Saturday in the University Main Building on Grand Parade, these include a Manga workshop run by Inko and Chie Kutsawada, a discussion of New Internationalist’s comic book anthologies, Bryan Talbot, Jaime Huxtable and Chris Geary exploring how they make their comics, and an ‘on stage’ interview with Dave McKean about his latest book Black Dog – the Dreams of Paul Nash.

The event coincides with a Pop-up Makers’ fair on both days in the main building, so there is also an opportunity to pick up stocking fillers!

Tickets are priced between £5 and £20 for a ticket to all of the public events, and from £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand; available from the University of Brighton online shop.

Full programme now available

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Baring last minute changes, this is the programme for Graphic Brighton 2016:

Academic day:

Friday 9th December – Lecture Theatre One, 154 Edward Street, BN2 0JG

10.30am Curators intro /
Keynote: Justin Wadlow – ‘The depiction of War in French Comics, from Tardi to Dumontheuil and Kris & Maël’

11.30am In Country
Jedge Pilbrow – ‘Yankee Papa 13 – Vietnam in LIFE 1965; photo essay as fumetti’
George Khoury – ‘Arabic Comics and Conflicts: Indoctrination vs Individualism’
12.30pm Lunch

1.30pm Conflict in Ireland
Louisa Buck – ‘The Myth of Sisyphus as used in newspaper cartoons on the Irish Troubles’
Fionnuala Doran – ‘The Potential of Comics to Interpret the 1916 Easter Rising’
Alex Fitch – ‘The Troubles and beyond in comics by Garth Ennis and John McCrea’
3.00pm Coffee break

3.15pm Alternate looks at occupation
Yannis Koukoulas – ’15 Greek contemporary comics about Nazi occupation in Athens’
Dominic Davies – ‘Drawing Urban Warfare in Leila Abdelrazaq’s Baddawi’

4.15pm Learning from older forms of Warfare
Harriet Earle – ‘Gene Luen Yang’s comics on the Boxer Rebellion’
Camilla Storskog – ‘1940s Swedish comics on pre-19th Century Warfare’
5.15pm Coffee break

Public events:

5.30pm Bryan and Mary Talbot in discussion about Sally Heathcote & The Red Virgin

Saturday 10th December – 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY

10.30am (M2) Kate Evans: Red Rosa

Parallel workshop (Foyer) Inko / Chie Kutsawada: Making Manga

11.40pm (M2) Tim Pilcher, Paul Collicutt et al: Brighton’s Graphic War

Parallel Workshop (G4): Bryan Talbot – How to make a graphic novel

12.45pm Lunch

1.45pm (M2) Ben Dickson, Sean Michael Wilson (via skype), and Inko – New Internationalist anthologies

Parallel Workshop (G4): Creating comics about heroes – Jaime Huxtable / Chris Geary

3.10pm (M2) Myriad Editions present… – Majid Akhondzadeh Darjazi, Wallis Eates, Kate Evans, Hannah Eaton, Ian Williams, and Olivier Kugler discuss their comics and graphic novels which deal with conflict and trauma.
4.30pm Coffee Break

4.45pm (M2) Dave McKean: Black Dog: The Dreams of Paul Nash

You can download a PDF of the schedule here

Please note: the Pop-up Makers Fair at the University of Brighton takes place between 8th and 11th December and stall holders are entitled to £5 off Graphic Brighton tickets

Graphic Brighton 2016 poster

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Graphic Brighton Poster 2016, art by Carlos Páscoa

The poster for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now available, advertising graphic novelists such as Kate Evans, Dave McKean, Bryan Talbot, Mary M Talbot who will be appearing at the University of Brighton on 9th and 10th December 2016 to talk about their work. They will be joined by creators from Brighton’s Graphic War (published by QueenSpark Books), cartoonists Ben Dickson and Jaime Huxtable, Justin Wadlow from the French festival “Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens” and many more guests to be announced shortly.

Tickets priced between £5 and £20 for all the public events, and £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand, are available now from the University of Brighton online shop.

Tickets page now live

Small black and white version of Graphic Brighton 2016 poster, art by Carlos Páscoa
Small black and white version of Graphic Brighton 2016 poster, art by Carlos Páscoa

The tickets page for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now live!

To chose from various options, please visit the University of Brighton Online Store at shop.brighton.ac.uk

The programme includes Academic presentations on Friday 9th December with talks by Irish cartoonist Fionnula Doran, broadcast journalist Alex Fitch, and Justin Wadlow, curator of the French comics festival Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens.

Included in the ‘general’ ticket (£5-£20) there is a Q and A with Bryan and Mary Talbot on the Friday evening + workshops and talks by creators including Kate Evans, Ben Dickson, Dave McKean and the creators of Brighton’s Graphic War on Saturday 10th December.

 

Ticket prices:
£5 – Students for Fri eve and Saturday all day
£10 – Concessions for Fri eve and Saturday all day
£20 – Full price for Fri eve and Saturday all day

£30 – Students / Concessions for full two day conference including academic presentations all day Friday + all day Saturday
£60 – Full price for full two day conference including academic presentations all day Friday + all day Saturday

Graphic Brighton 2016 Call for Papers

University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities present the third annual Graphic Brighton symposium with its 2016 theme of Conflict and Resolution, to connect with the Great War Centenary.

The symposium is aimed at scholars, creators, publishers and readers of sequential narratives, and follows successful conferences in 2014 and 2015 which featured such guests as Hannah Berry, John Higgins, Karrie Fransman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, Chris Riddell and Emma Vieceli discussing their work.
This year’s conference dates are 9th and 10th December 2016.

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For Graphic Brighton 2016, in addition to a practitioner based day, we are introducing an academic strand and welcome papers in response but not limited to the following topics:

• The cultural memory of British War Comics such as Battle Action Weekly
• Graphic Journalism in the work of Joe Sacco and Emmanuel Gilbert
• Underrepresented stories of war such as the suffrage movement and conscientious objectors
• Historical and contemporary global conflicts
• Audience reception and expectation of war comics
• The wartime memoir practiced by Art Spiegelman and Raymond Briggs
• Beyond the front line – the impact of war on everyday lives in graphic novels by Barbara Yelin and Marjane Satrapi
• Dramatising historical research in the work of Bryan and Mary Talbot
• Comics propaganda from 1940s war bond advertising to the present day
• Superhero publishers’ responses to war, such as Marvel’s The ‘Nam
• Gender representation and conflict
• War and exploitation in the pages of EC Comics

Keynote speakers include: Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Kate Evans.
Featured creators include Ben Dickson, Jaime Huxtable, Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, with more guests TBC

Email abstracts of up to 300 words and a short biography to
B.J.Chamberlin [at] brighton.ac.uk & A.Fitch [at] brighton.ac.uk
Please include ‘Graphic Brighton’ in the subject line, deadline 21st October

Tickets: £60 (both days of conference) / £30 (concessions) / £20 (public events only) – ticket sales and registration will go live early October 2016
Full conference tickets will include all talks, presentations and workshops both days, while public tickets will only include talks by practitioners

Curators:
Barbara Chamberlin is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton and has an eclectic teaching and research profile that combines language teacher education, sociolinguistics and increasingly comics studies at both under and postgraduate levels. She has just started a part-time PhD at the University of Sussex exploring the construction of female monstrosity in comics.

Alex Fitch presents the UK’s only monthly broadcast radio show about comics – Panel Borders – on the Arts Council Radio Station, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB in London. He has been published on the topics of comics and film by University of Chicago Press and University Press of Mississippi, and is an assistant editor of Electric Sheep Magazine online.

Graphic Brighton is run in association with University of Brighton College of Arts and Humanities with assistance from QueenSpark Books and Myriad Editions. Recordings of selected public talks will be broadcast on ‘Panel Borders’, Resonance 104.4 FM / DAB (Arts Council)

Download a PDF of the Call for Papers by clicking here

Graphic Brighton 2016 postcard

As work begins organising Graphic Brighton 2016: Conflict and Adversity – War Comics and Untold Stories of Wartime, here’s a postcard advising to “Save the Date!” regarding 9th and 10th of December (with thanks to Bryan Talbot for permission to use art from his and Mary M Talbot’s graphic novel The Red Virgin and the Vision of Utopia).

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We plan Graphic Brighton 2016 to be a mixture of Academic Panels – a Call For Papers will be announced in September 2016 – workshops, panel discussions with comic book creators and Q and As on stage.

Various guests from the comic book world have been invited – Tim Pilcher and Kate Evans have confirmed, Bryan and Mary Talbot are interested and available!

More information to follow.

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