Today’s show: Comics Unmasked
May 5, 2014
— Comics and controversy
Today at 4.30pm on Resonance 104.4 FM, Panel Borders: Comics Unmasked
Starting a month of shows about comics and controversy, Alex Fitch talks to three of the creators of a new exhibition at the British Library – Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK – which looks at the cultural and social connections between the last hundred years and more of British comic books and strips. Alex discusses the various titles on display in the library show with curators Paul Gravett and John Dunning, which range from an erotic comic drawn by Bob Monkhouse to original annotated scripts by Alan Moore and Mark Millar. Also, in an extract from a Q and A recorded at Gosh! Comics, exhibition designer Dave McKean talks about the look of Comics Unmasked, as well as other comics he created designed specifically for gallery display, which are collected in the forthcoming book Pictures that tick 2: Short Narrative Exhibition.
Links: Info about Comics Unmasked on the British Library website
Dave McKean’s website
Info about Pictures that tick 2: Short Narrative Exhibition on Dark House Comics’ website
Previous interviews with Paul Gravett, Dave McKean and John Dunning
Bristol Comics Expo
…takes place on May 10th and 11th at Future Inn, Cabot Circus, Bristol and featured guests include James O’Barr, Michael Golden, Arthur Suydam, Renee Witterstaetter, Ben Willsher and many more.
Tickets have to be bought in advance at www.bristolexpo.co.uk
London Radical Book Fair 2014
In collaboration with the London Radical Bookfair and the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, Alternative Press will be taking over Bishopsgate Institute.
In the first event of its kind, AP will be bringing the small press to a new audience – championing zine-making and DIY alongside radical publishing and bookselling.
Spread across three floors, artists will be exhibiting and selling their self published comix, zines, art books, and prints; they include: Elliot Baggott, Gareth Brookes, Isabel Greenberg, John Maybury, Lizz Lunney and many more.
10th May, 2014, Bishopsgate Institute, Liverpool Street, London
More info at: www.alternativepress.org.uk
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