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.
Zine and comic creator Holly Casio (originally scheduled to talk later in the day) is now going to open the 2018 conference with a discussion of her own practice making pamphlets about Bruce Springsteen, as well as a more general discussion about the music zine scene.
Holly has created a number of titles including Me and Bruce, Taking up space, Cool Schmool, Bite Me: A Buffy the Vampire Slayer Zine, My Mad Fat Zine, UK Zine Librarians, BruXcore, I love Food Network and Dancing in the dark. She was also in the band The Potentials – a Buffy the Vampire Slayer themed group – so will also be talking about the crossover between music, comics and Buffy fandom…
The programme for this year’s Graphic Brighton is below. The two day event is FREE, but it would be great if anyone wanting to come along could book a ticket in advance, so we can get an idea of numbers, or if we run out of tickets can let people know that the venue(s) have reached capacity.
Also, we’re proud to have a classic 80s comic book artist – as featured in Trident, Wimmen’s Comix, Revolver, Escape and Deadline – Julie Hollings joining us as a guest on July 20th, in conversation with Alex Fitch and Hunt Emerson (when she’ll be able to reminisce with Hunt about working on Outrageous Tales from the Old Testament).
Thursday 19th July 19.00-22.30
The Green Room, The Phoenix Gallery, 10-14 Waterloo Place, Brighton BN2 9NB
Accessibility: the Phoenix Gallery’s Green Room is on the ground floor which is fully accessible. There is a ramp at the main entrance and disabled toilets on the same floor.
19.00 – Doors open
19.15 – 20.00 – Music and comics panel with Mark Buckingham, Danny Noble, and Will Potter
20.10 – 20.30 – Musical performance by Mark Buckingham and Chris Harrison, performing tracks from their album Jigsaw Man
20.40 – 22.30 – Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated – the classic 1968 zombie movie reinterpreted by 100 artists with a new live soundtrack DJ-ed by Robin the Fog
Friday 20th July 9.15-18.00
University of Sussex, Pevensey Building 1, Lecture Theatre 1A6, Falmer BN1 9QH.
The University of Sussex campus is easily accessed by train from Brighton (journey time approx. 7 minutes) or by the number 25 bus (also from Brighton).
Accessibility: Pevensey 1 Lecture Theatre 1A6 is wheelchair accessible: please go through the glass doors at the front of the building, and use the elevator, selecting ‘1A6’ button option. Wheelchair accessible toilets are in Chichester 1 building next door – please do let us know if you need any extra assistance on the day.
9.15 – doors open and registration (note, please bring your own tea or coffee, available from multiple outlets on the University of Sussex campus)
9.45-10.30 – George Hardie (Hipgnosis), will be talking about using comics and sequential art in his design work, and discussing the process of designing covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin
10.30-10.50 – tea and coffee (provided)
10.50-12.10 – Panel 1: Visualising sound and musical identities
Chair: Barbara Chamberlin
Peter Hodges (University of South Wales): The Last Temptation: A consideration of the role of sound in comic books
James Sayers (University of Brighton): How sound manifests itself and creates meaning in musical biography, Nick Cave: Mercy on Me
Justin Wadlow (Université de Picardie Jules Verne): Garageland – Punk heroes portrayed in London, New York and Paris: inventing a visual identity for oneself
12.15-13.00 – The Surreal McCoy and David Bramwell discuss the multimedia presentation of comics with musical accompaniment
13.00-13.40 – Lunch (provided, though people with specific dietary requirements are advised to bring their own lunch in case these are not catered for – vegetarian and vegan possibilities will be available)
Maggie Gray (Kingston University): The Sound of the Underground: Alan Moore, cartooning and music
Ian Hornsby (University of Chichester): Ed Piskor and the Sirens Song
Christopher Vezza (University of Glasgow): Robert Crumb’s Cheap Thrills Album Artwork: Interpretive Questions and Text/Image Interaction
15.00-15.10 – Short break
15.10-16.30 – Panel 3: Performing comics
Chair: Elle Whitcroft
Holly Casio (zine maker, comics artist and punk musician): Me and Bruce Springsteen: is there anybody alive out there?
Russell Parke (Middlesex University): Rock and Roll Superheroes
Mark Hibbett (University of the Arts, London and musician) and Rob Fleay (musician): The Swingin’ Sounds of Sixties Marvel
16.30-16.50 – tea / coffee (provided)
16.50-17.40 – Alex Fitch in conversation with Hunt Emerson and Julie Hollings
The programme for Graphic Brighton is coming together with talks by Mark Hibbert (University of the Arts, London) and Alan Moore expert Maggie Grey (Kingston University) to look forward to on July 20th 2018. Also, the legendary artist of Fables, Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Neil Gaiman’s Death, Mark Buckingham is joining the line up on July 19th to talk about his interest in music and comics, plus he will also be performing a short set accompanied by Chris Harrison, showcasing tracks from his album Jigsawman.
The poster for the event by the excellent Knockabout artist Hunt Emerson is available to view and print out now…
…and to aid late running academics who have yet to submit a paper for the academic day at the University of Sussex, the Call for Papers has been extended until Friday July 15th!
This year’s Graphic Brighton festival is headlined from 7pm on Thursday 19th July at The Phoenix, Brighton, by members of the bands Cud (Will Potter), The Meow Meows (Danny Noble) and Howlround (Robin the Fog) who will be talking about their crossover interest in music and comics before a screening of Night of the Living Dead: Reanimated – the classic 1968 zombie movie reinterpreted by 100 artists with a new live soundtrack DJed by Robin the Fog.
On Friday 20th July there will be a full day of talks by comic creators – including Hunt Emerson and The Surreal McCoy – and academics on the theme of music and comics at the University of Sussex (Falmer). Also, George Hardie (Hipgnosis), will be talking about designing album covers for Pink Floyd and Led Zepplin and using comics in his design work…