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THE JEFFREY LEWIS WATCHMEN LECTURE


In anticipation of the long-awaited arrival of a Watchmen feature film, we welcome back alt-folk legend, comic book maven and Rough Trade recording artist Jeffrey Lewis with a very special lecture on the virtues of Watchmen the comic book. Alan Moore’s masterpiece of 1980s paranoia and deconstructed superheros is upheld by many as the world’s greatest graphic novel and Jeff will engage these claims in his own inimitable fashion, using his own senior college thesis written in 1997 as a starting point. Jeff is no stranger to hype himself, and has recently featured in the media for his celebratory drawings of President Obama’s beginnings in office. He was singled out as a musical hero in plenty of publications last year following key performances at South By Southwest, Bestival and other major events. The lecture will feature plenty of slides, but Professor Lewis sternly insists that all attendees must have done their homework and read Watchmen at least once in their lives before showing up to class. More…

Tickets: £6, ICA Members £5
Where: Nash Room, ICA, Mall, London
When: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - from 7pm


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