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Comica ‘09: Three Major European Graphic Novelists

Posted: September 25, 2009

Comica 09’s line-up of amazing British and international guests grows longer and stronger each week as we count down to November 5th, the big launch night. Just confirmed are three leading authors from Europe with outstanding new graphic novels released this autumn in English, all appearing in early evening sessions in the ICA’s handsome Nash Room.

On Thursday November 12th, Greek novelist Apostolos Doxiadis, famed for his best-selling maths-inspired novel Uncle Petros and Goldbach’s Conjecture, will explain the secrets behind Logicomix: An Epic Search For Truth. This innovative graphic novel, published in the UK and US by Bloomsbury, uncovers the mind-expanding intrigues behind foundational mathematics through the characters of Bertrand Russell and his peers. Doxiadis will be in conversation with Marcus du Sautoy, Professor Mathematics at Oxford University, columnist in The Independent and presenter of The Story of Maths on BBC4.

On Sunday November 22nd, Reinhard Kleist joins us from Germany to celebrate the translation from SelfMadeHero of his award-winning graphic biography of the most famous country singer of all time, the legendary Johnny Cash. Entitled I See A Darkness, it covers Cash’s life from his early sessions with Elvis, through the Folsom Prison recordings to his spectacular comeback, and features lyrics from 23 of his famous songs. Join us for a special celebration of “The Man in Black”.

And on Monday November 23rd, we’re thrilled to welcome one of the finest and funniest Flemish cartoonists, Willy Linthout, whose autobio-graphic novel Years Of The Elephant, coming in English from Fanfare, has won him huge acclaim for the poignant and surreal account of his grief after the suicide of his young son. Willy will be in conversation with former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen, who wrote so touchingly about his own son’s death in The Sad Book illustrated by Quentin Blake. Expect an evening of insights into these tender, life-affirming first-person testimonies.

Watch this site for news of when tickets for these three Comica Conversations come on sale via the ICA’s website. And remember ICA Members get discounts and priority on all bookings, so do consider joining and saving.

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