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November 2016

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

Graphic Brighton Poster 2016
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.

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