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S.M.A.S.H.: Symposium on Matters of Art, Storytelling & History


Comica Festival and The London Graphic Novel Network team up to offer you the chance to hear and participate in a free, free-spirited threesome of opinionated panel discussions with creators and critics: Alex Fitch (Panel Borders); Ben Smith (Rebellion); David Baillie (2000AD); Emmeline Pui Ling Dobson (Emerald Song); Hannah Berry (Adamtine); Ilya (Room For Love); John Miers (Central Saint Martins); Jonas Herriot (Richmond Libraries); Lord Hurk (Fancy Butcher); Mazin Saleem (Kraken); Paul Gravett (1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die); Woodrow Phoenix (Rumble Strip) and Joel Janiurek (Barbican Comic Forum).

Join them in heated debates on the three subjects of:

ART: Where is the art in comic books?
What’s so great about comics anyway? Now that Television and Film have snatched up all the superheroes, why should anyone bother with reading a comic? What are the experiences that comics can provide that you can’t get from any other medium?

STORYTELLING: How important is storytelling to comics?
Are comics all just pretty pictures? Does it matter if the story is rubbish so long as the artwork is nice? Or are all comics just the same old regurgitated tales of superheroes, monsters and gangsters?

HISTORY: What is the history of comic books?
Who are the unsung heroes of comics and which “Classics” deserve to be forgotten?’ Which books have been most integral to the development of comics today? People tend to talk about Watchmen, The Dark Knight and Maus – but are there any other books worthy of our consideration?

Organised and curated by Joel Janiurek of The Barbican Comic Forum. For more details see The London Graphic Novel Network Blog…

Tickets: Free - All Welcome!
Where: Barbican Library, Level 2, Barbican Centre, London EC2Y 8DS
When: Saturday, November 15, 2014 12.30-3.30pm

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