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Poles Apart: New Polish Comics & Graphic Novels Workshop

Comica Festival in association with the Lodz International Festival of Comics & Games Presents:

POLES APART: New Comics & Graphic Novels from Poland Workshop

Platform Theatre Foyer, Friday November 8th, 2-4pm

Supported by The Ministry of Culture & National Heritage of the Republic of Poland & Arts Council England

Limited Free Places for the Public can be booked by emailing a request here…

To tie in with the exhibition POLES APART on display in the Windows Gallery until November 16th, three of the participating comics artists - Berenika Kolomycka, Agata Wawryniuk and Przemyslaw Truscinski -  and the curators and members of the team behind the Lodz Comics Center and International Festival of Comics & Games  - Wojtek Birek, Piotr Kasinski, Adam Radon, Ewa Stepien and Kasia Tosta - are coming from Poland to visit Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

As a special event in Comica 2013, the London International Comics Festival, the three Polish creators and writer/industry expert Wojtek Birek will take part in a two-hour Workshop on Friday November 8th from 2-4pm in the Platform Theatre Foyer. They will talk to CSM students and a number of British guests about their ideas, inspirations and techniques and give a fascinating and practical guide to the challenges and opportunities of the Polish and international comics scenes. Questions and discussion are encouraged. Attendees will be given a free English-language catalogue to the exhibition.

2-2.30pm: Introduction to POLES APART by Adam Radon & Ewa Stepien and Polish Comics: Past, Present & Future by Wojtek Birek

2.30-3pm: Agata Wawryniuk

Agata Wawryniuk is a writer and artist. Author of the autobiographical graphic novel Rozmówki polsko-angielskie (‘Polish-English Conversations’, above) about the unexpected aspects of work emigration. The album won the best comics of the 2012/2013 season at the Lodz International Festival of Comics and Games and also the competition of the Polish Comics Association. It also won the Hiro magazine award, a scholarship for the best debut and made it to the finals in the Polish Radio 3 talent competition. She has published her works in magazines Kolektyw, Biceps; in anthologies Remappings, Jazda, Polish Female Comics: Double Portrait, Polski Komiks Kobiecy, Comixiade and Wielki Atlas Ciot Polskich. She professionally works in marketing and in this field she won the awards: KTR (Advertisers Club) and Kreatura.

3-3.30pm: Przemyslaw Truscinski

Born in 1970 in Siedlce, Przemyslaw Truscinski graduated from the graphics department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Łódź. He published his comics and illustrations in numerous anthologies, comics magazines and periodicals in Poland and abroad. In 2003 he published the album Trust – historia choroby. He won the Grand Prix at the International Festival of Comics in Łódź in 1993. He designs book and record covers, and also paints. Co-operates with advertising agencies. His comics publications are: Najczwartsza RP - Antylista Prezerwatora (2007, written by Tobiasz Piątkowski), Komiks W-wa (2009, written by Tomasz Kwaśniewski and Aleks Kłoś) and Tymczasem (2011, written by Grzegorz Janusz). He is the artistic director of the comics competition about the Warsaw Uprising, organized by the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising. Lives in Warsaw.

3.30-4pm: Berenika Kolomycka

Born in 1983 in Warsaw, illustrator for books and press, Berenika Kolomycka also designs visuals for computer games. She published her works in various anthologies: 44, City Stories, W sąsiednich kadrach. She won a special award in the Solidarnosc competition for her story ‘Stój i Patrz’. Wykolejeniec (Derelict) was her album debut and her diploma work at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In 2013 she published the album Tej nocy dzika paprotka (That night a monster), written by Marzena Sowa, the author of Marzi.

4-5pm: Followed by Informal Discussion and Reception in Platform Theatre Foyer Bar.

Tickets: Free but please book!
Where: Platform Theatre Foyer, Handyside Street, N1C 4AA
When: Friday, November 8, 2013 2-4pm


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