Panel Borders: Unusual Origins
March 28, 2014
— Biography and Autobiography
Unusual Origins: Continuing a month of shows about comics and graphic novels which present ‘slices of life’ on the page, Alex Fitch talks two creators who are doing their first work in the field. Jessica Martin, actress turned graphic novelist, discusses her self published comic book biography of Clara Bow – It Girl – and her forthcoming longer work about society and cinema in the 1930s. Willem Samuel talks about the first volume of his autobiography Mengelmoes, published by Soaring Penguin Press, which depicts his childhood in South Africa and how the drawing style and magical realist narration will change over later volumes. Recorded at London Super Comic Con, Spring 2014
(Originally broadcast 24/03/14 on Resonance 104.4 FM)
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British Comics Month at Gosh!
Special events celebrating British Comics are taking place throughout March at Gosh! Comics in Soho, London. These include:
KATE EVANS’ BUMP LAUNCH PARTY: a book all about the ins-and-outs and gooey details of conception, pregnancy, and birthing. The launch party takes place on Friday, March 28th, and runs from 7pm to 9pm. There will be drinks!
ALAN MOORE and KEVIN O’NEILL SIGNING copies of Nemo: Roses Of Berlin, out from Knockabout. Due to the sheer volume of demand at this events, Alan and Kevin will only be able to sign four items per person, and only books in the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series – that way, everyone has a chance to have a chat as well as getting their LOEG books signed! Look out for a special release on the day, too. The signing takes place on Saturday, March the 29th, and will be running from 2pm to 6pm. It is advised to get there early, as the queue tends grow to huge proportions and often has to be capped!
More info at www.goshlondon.com / Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F 0DR
Sponsor UNFINISHED CITY by Ben Dickson, Sylvija Martinović and Robert Solanović
Unfinished City is a powerful, stylish thriller with a sharp, East-European edge. Nadja’s home town of Nikšić is a real place; many elements of the story are drawn from Sylvija’s experience of living in the city, and the stories that circulated at the time. This will undoubtedly be a controversial book in the Balkans – so much so that Sylvija and Ben had to consciously distance some elements from real life!
The book is being illustrated in glorious, shadowy black and white by cult Croatian artist Robert Solanović. A highly-regarded artist in the Balkans, this will be Robert’s first English language work.
Incentives include a first look PDF, signed paperback and hardback editions of the graphic novel, an exclusive T-Shirt and much more. Info at: www.kickstarter.com
Bryan Talbot exhibition on Portobello Road
The Portobello Road in London, as well as being a well-known street market, also was the home of London’s first ‘Culture Shop’, Alchemy, run by Lee Harris. Harris is a unique individual, a White South African who was a member of the ANC in the early 1950s, he moved to London and in the 1970s and was highly active in the underground and counter culture scene; he also published Home Grown and Bryan Talbot’s early work Brainstorm Comix.
A wonderful circle is completed by this exhibition where from a humble starting point, when Bryan was first looking for work in comics, to this pristine gallery, the lovely Muse at 69, where he is the focus of an exhibition. The clean white walls of the gallery, the clever lighting and the depth of the space really help to feature the artwork well.
Brainstorm! The Art of Bryan Talbot
The Muse at 269 Portobello Rd., London W11 1LR
20th March until the 13th April / Opening Hours 12 to 6pm Thursday to Sunday