Depictions of the female form

Listen to two talks recorded at Laydeez do comics, Dr. Ann Miller, lecturer and joint editor of European Comic Art journal talks about stereotypical representations of women in bandes dessinées, particularly by Pénélope Bagieu, creator of ‘chic-lit’ comic Joséphine; and Karrie Fransman talks about her new comic The House that groaned, an incisive graphic novel about body dysmorphia and desire in a Victorian tenement house.
(Recorded, introduced and edited by Alex Fitch)
Running time: 1: 28: 09 / Recorded 20/02/12

Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

Joséphine by Pénélope Bagieu and The House that Groaned by Karrie Fransman

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The problem with autobiography

Listen to a panel discussion recorded at the First Fiction festival, Sussex University, January 2012. Author Sue Eckstein discusses the problems inherent in creating autobiographies with graphic novelists Nicola Streeten and Anuerin Wright and how creators can subvert and overcome these. Nicola’s book Billy, me and you and Aneurin’s Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park couldn’t be more different in their approaches, with the former combining cartoons, diary drawings and scrapbook montage and the latter depicting the author’s friends and family as anthropomorphic creatures in domestic settings. (Recorded by Nicola Streeten, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)
Running time: 59: 15 / Recorded 22/01/12

Covers of Interpreters and The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein, Billy, me and you by Nicola Streeten and Things to do in a retirement home trailer park by Aneurin Wright

Covers of Interpreters and The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein, Billy, me and you by Nicola Streeten and Things to do in a retirement home trailer park by Aneurin Wright

For more info about this podcast and a variety of other formats you can download / stream, please visit the home of this episode at www.archive.org

Links: Info about Interpreters, Billy, me and you and Things to Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park
More info about the First Fiction festival (Sussex University, January 2012)

If you enjoyed this show, why not try Judith Vanistendael talking about her autobiographical comic Dance by the light of the moon
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Dotter of her fathers eyes

Listen to a recording of Nicola Streeten interviewing Bryan and Mary Talbot about their forthcoming graphic novel, Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes, which contrasts two coming of age narratives: Lucia, daughter of James Joyce, and author Mary Talbot, daughter of the Joycean scholar James S Atherton. (Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch, recorded live in front of an audience at the University of Sussex as part of the First Fictions Festival).
Running time: 58:35 / Recorded 21/01/12

Image from Dotter of her fathers eyes by Bryan and Mary M Talbot

Image from Dotter of her fathers eyes by Bryan and Mary M Talbot

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Judith Vanistendael: Dance by the light of the moon

Listen to a Q and A recorded at Bar Music Hall in East London as part of Comica Festival, 2010, Paul Gravett talks to Flemish cartoonist Judith Vanistendael about her semi-autobiographical graphic novel Dance by the light of the moon, published in the UK by Self Made Hero.
(Recorded and edited by Alex Fitch, introduced by Sarah Lightman)
Running time: 44:53 / Recorded 22/09/10

Excerpt from Dance by the light of the moon by Judith Vanistendael

Excerpt from Dance by the light of the moon by Judith Vanistendael

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

Links: Review of Dance by the light of the moon on the Forbidden Planet International blog
Info about the book at selfmadehero.com
Original event listing at comicafestival.com
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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 www.archive.org

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

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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.

Guests:
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

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Manga Jiman

Listen to a panel discussion recorded at the London Science Film Festival in April, Zarina Liew (Runner-up 2009/2010), Yuri Kore (Winner 2009/2010), Clio Millett (Winner 2010/2011) – of the Japanese Embassy’s ‘Manga Jiman’ (Pride in Manga) competition join Karen Rubins (Comic book artist in residence, Victoria and Albert Museum 2010) to discuss the homegrown manga scene in the UK and the difference between Manga and Western style comics.
(Recorded, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)
Running time: 50:18 / Recorded 30/04/11

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

Manga Jiman entries by Zarina Liew, Yuri Kore and Clio Millett

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

Links: Zarina Liew’s website – cobaltcafe.co.uk
Beyond Raging Aves by Clio Millett
Yuri Kore’s website

Read the Laydeez do comics blog
Info about Laydeez do comics – Next meeting Oct 17th / Nov 21st

2010 interview with Zarina Liew, Yure Kore and Manga Jiman runner up David Lander
2009 interview with Karen Rubins
2008 interviews with Manga Jiman finalists Michael Kacar, Asia Alfasi and Gillian Sein Ying Ha

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Anders Nilsen UK tour

Candian cartoonist Anders Nilsen will be signing at:
Gosh! Comics, Berwick street at 6pm on Saturday 15th October, as part of a UK tour that sees him visit
Page 45, Nottingham on Sunday the 16th and
OK Comics, Leeds on Monday the 17th, he then gets a day off before coming back to London to do a Q and A at
Orbital comics on Wednesday 19th of October where he’ll be chatting to British cartoonist Tom Gauld.

More info: www.goshlondon.com / www.comicafestival.com
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Female Publishers and their work

Listen to a pair of recordings from August and January 2011, as we explore the work of female comic book publishers and their work in the medium. In a Q and A recorded at the Imperial War Museum, Alex Fitch talks to Eileen and Francesca Cassavetti, about Eileen’s wartime diary Philip and Helena which Francesca republished recently in comic book format plus in a talk recorded at Laydeez Do Comics, Corinne Pearlman discusses her work for the Jewish Quarterly, her publishing endeavours with Myriad Editions and her design and editorial work for Comic Company, which produces healthcare information in comic strip format.
(Recorded by Allan Morrow and Nicola Streeten, edited and introduced by Alex Fitch)
Running time: 01:09:51 / Recorded 20/08/11 + 24/01/11

Excerpts from Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti and Playing the Jewish Card by Corinne Pearlman

Excerpts from Philip and Helena by Eileen Cassavetti and Playing the Jewish Card by Corinne Pearlman

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

Links: More info about Comics and Conflicts at the Imperial War Museum
Listen to the subsequent discussion by Francesca, Eileen and Alex with the creators of War: The Human Cost
Francesca’s website www.fabtoons.com

Corinne’s website www.comicopera.com
Enjoy Healthcare info in strip format at www.comiccompany.co.uk
More info about Myriad Editions

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Info about Laydeez do comics

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