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From Friday, October 7th to Sunday, October 9th 2011, the Institut Français in association with Comica Festival will hold the first of its annual BD & Comics Passion weekends! The graphic novel medium has grown over the years to become an increasingly important force in popular culture, dominating the film landscape and coming into its own as an explosive new literary genre. To celebrate this, as well as explore accepted ideas about the genre, we’ve invited some of the most celebrated British and French authors to join us here in London to discuss their work and share their love of graphic novels.

Over the course of three days, enthusiasts and beginners alike are invited to participate in this exciting array of events, with acclaimed authors and artists such as Dave Gibbons (Watchmen), China Miéville (Kraken), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveler’s Wife), Bryan Talbot (Grandville), Yves Sente and André Juillard (Blake & Mortimer), Jean-Claude Mézières (Valérian & Laureline), Benoît Sokal (Canardo), Catel & Bocquet (Kiki de Montparnasse), Bastien Vivès (The Taste of Chlorine), comics guru Paul Gravett (1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die) and more!

There is something for everyone here: a drawing duel between Jean-Claude Mézières and Dave Gibbons, talks (Bryan Talbot on the tradition of animals in comic books, Paul Gravett on the history of the medium, China Miéville on his love for comics, Audrey Niffenegger on her passion for Aubrey Beardsley), a masterclass by Alan Moore collaborator Oscar Zárate (A Small Killing) on making a 4-page comics about London, and a conversation with Yves Sente and André Juillard about the making of the popular series Blake & Mortimer! We will also host a drawing session starring the rising star of French graphic novels, Bastien Vivès, a translation workshop given by the famous translator of Astérix, Anthea Bell, and live drawing events with Sokal and Catel & Bocquet. In addition, visitors will also be invited to celebrate their favorite character during our costume party! More names to be announced.

For the full programme (posted 1st September) and booking see (Tel: 0207 073 1350). Early reservations recommended.

Tickets: Various, starting from £6
Where: Institut Français, 17 Queensberry Place, London
When: October 7 to October 9, 2011


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"...a long-overdue celebration of graphic art and literature."
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"...the viewer's efforts were amply rewarded by the superb quality of nearly every comic in the exhibit."
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" over beers with some of the UK's coolest comic types..."
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"It's fun, it's informative, it's inspirational, and it's an absolute must-do."
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"The talk - to a full house - was pleasant, convivial and amusing."
Tim Pilcher

"...this was awesome."
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"Gives the comic form the cultural representation the UK doesn't normally see."
David Greene

"...a place where aspiring graphic novelists get the chance to rub shoulders with established comic book artists..."
Valerie Pezeron

"It is turning into one of the best comic-related events of the year in London."
Joel Meadows

"There's always something interesting in Comica's raft of events..."
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