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Comics and conflict

19th-20th August, 2011

Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

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The Comics and Conflicts Conference will be held on 19-20 August, 2011 at the Imperial War Museum in London, and is aimed at comics scholars, practitioners, and enthusiasts. Conference speakers and guests include: Pat Mills (Charley’s War); Martin Barker and Roger Sabin on Doonesbury; Garth Ennis (Troubled Souls, War Stories) and Francesca Cassavetti (Fabtoons).

Here’s a run down of the two days of events:

Friday 19th August:

9.00am – War Comics Conference opens; coffee and registration

10.00am – introductory talk by MARTIN BAKER and ROGER SABIN about the depiction of war in the Guardian’s comic strip Doonesbury

11.00am – choice of parallel sessions: REPRESENTING TRAUMA (Chair, Ariel Kahn) / ETHNICITY, NATIONALISM AND REPRESENTATION
(Chair, Paul Gravett)

12.20pm – Lunch

1.20pm – Panel on THE IMAGE AND REALITY OF WAR: (Chair, Garth Ennis) featuring Tim Pilcher, Darin Jensen, Isabelle Delorme

2.40pm – choice of parallel sessions: FORM AND CONTENT: (Chair, Roger Sabin) / CONFLICT AND IDEOLOGY: (Chair, Alex Fitch)

4.00pm – Coffee break

4.20pm – In conversation with PAT MILLS, from Charley’s War to Ayatollah’s Son followed by signing

Listen to the full length interview with Pat Mills about Charley’s War conducted by Garth Rogers in 2008

6.00pm – Close

Please note: ticket cost for the entire day is £30.00 / Students £15.00 including Pat Mills talk or £6 for Mills talk only.

Saturday 20th August

10.30am – Artist DAVID COLLIER talks about his work from American Splendor to Chimo, followed by comic making master class at noon (separate ticket)

11.30am Artists and publishers discuss Trauma and Conflict (Chair, Paul Gravett) with Danish artist MIKKEL SOMMER, writer and illustrator of Obsolete, and ADRIAN SEARLE, the publisher of Dougie’s War, plus artist DAVE TURBITT.

2.00pm Artists and publishers discuss The Personal and the Political (Chair, Alex Fitch) with FRANCESCA CASSAVETTI and her mother, EILEEN CASSAVETTI talking about the latter’s wartime diary which Francesca has published as a comic; joined by SEAN DUFFIELD, publisher of War – the Human Cost plus contributing artists DANIEL LOCKE and BEN NAYLOR; and DAVID BLANDY talking about his short film Child of the Atom.

3.00pm In Conversation with GARTH ENNIS – from Troubled Souls to Battlefields; a rare UK appearance by the writer, followed by signing

Listen to Alex Fitch and Duncan Nott’s 2008 interview with Garth Ennis – part one / part two

4.30pm Film Screening: COMIC BOOKS GO TO WAR, directed by Mark Daniels, which looks at the work of Joe Sacco, Keiji Nakazawa (Barefoot Gen) and Marjane Satrapi among others, featuring new interviews with the creators + short film: CHILD OF THE ATOM by David Blandy, which explores a return visit to Hiroshima by the child of a local man and the representation of Nuclear Holocaust in Japanese animation.

All Saturday events are £6 / the film screening is FREE!

Imperial War Museum,
Lambeth Road,
London SE1 6HZ

Nearest tube: Lambeth North (Bakerloo) / Elephant and Castle (Northern line, City Branch) / Southwark (Jubilee)

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The Comics and Conflicts Conference is organised by Alex Fitch (presenter of Panel Borders, the UK’s only weekly broadcast radio show about comics), Ariel Kahn (Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Roehampton University) and Paul Gravett (Comica Director).

The Comics and Conflicts events form part of a Children’s literature festival being held from 13-21 August 2011, which accompanies the Imperial War Museum’s new exhibition Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories for Children.  For more information about the exhibition and the festival visit the Imperial War Museum web site.

Comics and Conflicts flyer, designed by Peter Stanbury

Comics and Conflicts flyer, designed by Peter Stanbury

Comics at Sci-Fi London

30th April / 1st May 2011

British Film Institute, Southbank, London SE1 8XT

As part of this year’s 10th anniversary Sci-Fi London – The London International Festival of Science-Fiction and Fantastic Film – the festival is proud to include a two day comics festival celebrating modern British comic creators from the last 30 years. The event will take place over two venues, our regular home of the Apollo Piccadilly Cinema, Lower Regent Street and at the British Film Institute, London and welcomes guests who have been published for over three decades plus newcomers to the medium.

Guests include: Jamie Delano, Peter Milligan, David Lloyd, Andy Diggle, V.V. Brown, China Mieville, Denise Mina, Hannah Berry, Ian Edginton and Yuri Kore

…who come from a wide variety of backgrounds not exclusive to comics – for example China Mieville is a three time winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award for SF Literature, V.V. Brown is a British singer / songwriter who has supported The Ting Tings on tour and was named as ‘an artist to watch’ by both The Independent and The LA Times – and whose work covers a variety of genres outside of superheroes, whose output has been made available from established book publishers as well as via self publishing.

Sci-Fi London has ensured there are a large number of female guests on the comic book panels and members of the small press and manga community are well represented to ensure members of the audience can get advice from creators and professionals working their way into the industry.

Comics at Sci-Fi London takes place at the BFI on the May Bank Holiday weekend – 30th April and 1st May 2011 – with an additional panel at the Apollo Piccadilly cinema, Lower Regent Street on 23rd April about “25 years of John Constantine: Hellblazer” as Andy Diggle and David Lloyd discuss the character from his first regular appearance in Swamp Thing #37 to the 250th issue of his own title, published last year.

At the BFI, panel discussions will include “Poe, Lovecraft and comics”, “Manga Jiman”, “Comics and moving pictures”, “City of Abacus”, Hannah Berry will be previewing her new book “Adamtime”, the long awaited follow-up to the acclaimed “Britten and Brülightly” plus children’s workshops run by creators from “Solipsistic Pop” and a screening of 20 minutes of footage from the new film “Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts” followed by a discussion of the writer’s work with some of his collaborators.

There will also be a handful of tables at the BFI for creators to sell and sign their work and Sci-Fi London will be inviting small press creators to take part in the festival for free.

Confirmed guests include: David Allain (City of Abacus, music video director)

Martin Baker (Battle among the stars)

Hannah Berry (Britten and Brülightly, Adamtine)

V.V. Brown (City of Abacus)

Paul Collicutt (Robot City Adventures)

Huw J. Davies (Freeman, Garth)

Jamie Delano (Hellblazer, Captain Britain)

Andy Diggle (The Losers, Thunderbolts)

Alice Duke (Self Made Hero: Poe and Lovecraft anthologies)

Ian Edginton (Scarlet Traces, X-Force)

Ilya (Mammoth books of Best New Manga, Ballast)

Yuri Kore (The boy who runs from the sun, Manga Jiman Winner 2009/2010)

Zarina Liew (The Sun and the Moon, Manga Jiman Runner-up 2009/2010)

David Lloyd (V for Vendetta / Night Raven)

Roger Mason (2000AD, The Mice)

China Mieville (Kraken, Hellblazer)

Peter Milligan (2000AD, Hellblazer)

Denise Mina (Hellblazer, A sickness in the family)

Edward Ross (Filmish, Parasites!)

John Spelling (City of Abacus)

Further information about ticketing, schedule, applying for table space and additional guests to follow.

Comics at Sci-Fi London is a Sci-Fi London Lab event, which encompasses talks with artists, writers, scientists, filmmakers and critics talking about science-fiction and science-fact. It is curated by Alex Fitch, the presenter of Panel Borders, the UK’s only weekly broadcast radio show about comics, Thursdays on Resonance 104.4 FM in London, the Arts Council Radio station. /

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