Magical realism

Listen to a pair of talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, in which cartoonists Kripa Joshi and Mawil (Markus Witzel) discuss their work, plus Alex Fitch visits Woodrow Phoenix in his studio to discuss his editing of the new graphic novel Nelson. If there is a common theme between the three, it is a sense of magical realism in their art which juxtaposes the ordinary with the out of the ordinary, from Woodrow’s use of road furniture in Rumble Strip, to Kripa’s use of Indian mythology in her tales of domestic incidents and Mawil’s blue collar stories of life in Germany through the lens of his alter-ego Sparky O’Hare.
(Recorded by Nicola Streeten and Alex Fitch, introduced and edited by Alex Fitch.)
Running time: 59:45 / Recorded 17/10/11 + 21/11/11 + 29/11/11

Sparky O Hare by Mawil, Nelson by Woodrow Phoenix, Miss Moti by Kripa Joshi

Sparky O Hare by Mawil, Nelson by Woodrow Phoenix, Miss Moti by Kripa Joshi

For more info about this podcast and a variety of formats you can stream or download, please visit the home of this episode at

Links: Kripa Joshi‘s website and Miss Moti comics
Mawil‘s website
Woodrow Phoenix‘s online portfolio
More info about Nelson

Recommended events:

Laydeez do comics, December 2011

In the last LDC of 2011, Laydeez curators Nicola and Sarah talk about their work and how it has evolved since the first LDC meeting in 2009 + a couple of designers talk about their comics.

Rachel Abrams, designer and writer, Brooklyn NY
Sarah Lightman, artist, curator and researcher
Marcia Mihotich, graphic designer and illustrator
Nicola Streeten, illustrator and author of graphic memoir Billy, Me & You

Recommended Read:
Billy, Me & You by Nicola Streeten, published by Myriad Editions

Monday 5 December
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm
Venue: The Rag Factory, 16-18 Heneage Street, London E1 5LJ

Comics Gosh!p

Another monthly event, in which hosts Mike Medaglia & Mark Haylock pick a ‘mainstream’ and small press comic to discuss in this free reading group in Gosh Comics!, Soho

This month they’re looking at “Understanding Comics” by Scott McCloud and John Miers‘ treatment of The Tower of Babel in his book “A Collection of Comics”
All books will be available at Gosh! and you can read ‘The Tower of Babel’ online (however the book is really nice to have!)

Wednesday, 14 December 2011
Time: 19:00 until 21:00
Gosh! Comics, 1 Berwick Street, London W1F ODR

More info:

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