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Comics & Conflicts

Posted: July 19, 2011

Comics & Conflicts is a two day event held at the Imperial War Museum in London, comprising of an academic conference on Friday 19 August and an activities day giving you the chance to meet comic artists on Saturday 20 August. The conference and artist events are only suitable for ages 16+ (unless otherwise stated) and all children under the age of 18 must attend with a supervising adult. To book tickets online for the conference and all the separate artist events, please visit the Imperial War Museum’s site.

Comics & Conflicts Conference
A conference exploring the ways in which comics around the world represent and articulate the experience and impact of war and conflict. Topics to be covered include the impact of 9/11, the relationship between the image and reality of war. Established and up and coming comics artists are also participating. Speakers include Pat Mills, legendary creator of Charley’s War; multiple Eisner winner Garth Ennis discussing his Battlefields series; and Martin Barker and Roger Sabin who’ll be talking about the depiction of war in the Guardian’s comic strip Doonesbury. Tickets to the Comics & Conflicts Conference includes tea & coffee, entrance to the exhibition and the ‘In Conversation With Pat Mills’ event. See the full Conference Programme here.
Tickets: £30, Students £15
When: Friday, 19 August 2011 - 10am to 5.30pm

In Conversation With Pat Mills
Author Pat Mills has been a pioneer and major contributor to British comics since the 1970s.  He co-created Battle Picture Weekly in 1975 and returned to the title in 1979 to write the ground-breaking serialised strip of Charley’s War. Pat will be talking about the creation of Charley’s War and the research that he and the late illustrator Joe Colquhoun undertook throughout the run of the comic.
Tickets: £6 (free to Comic & Conflicts Conference ticket-holders)
When: Friday, 19 August 2011 - 4.20pm to 5.20pm

David Collier: The Artist Goes (Back) To War
Celebrated Canadian artist David Collier was inspired to become a cartoonist by Robert Crumb, who published his first comic. He is the author and illustrator of Chimo, which depicts his decision to re-enlist in the Canadian army and go through basic training again at age 40. David has been creating since his first tenure in the army, when he drew strips and discovered his talent for the biathlon in which he has competed nationally. There will be a signing after this event.
Tickets: £6
When: Saturday, 20 August - 10.30am to 11.30am

Artists & Publishers Discussion 1: Trauma & Conflict
Danish artist Mikkel Sommer, writer and illustrator of Obsolete, hauntingly evoking the impact of war on two US soldiers about to return home, is joined by Adrian Searle, the publisher of Dougie’s War, and artist Dave Turbitt. Dougie’s War explores the PTS of a soldier returning to the UK from Afghanistan. There will be a signing after this event. Chair: Paul Gravett.
Tickets: £6
When: Saturday, 20 August - 11.30am to 12.20pm

David Collier: Comic-Making Masterclass
David Collier may very well be the only cartoonist to have had the unlikely experience of serving in the Canadian Army. At least, he says, “the pay was good.” His first comic strip was published in 1986 in the Robert Crumb-edited magazine Weirdo, and throughout the years, his work has appeared in numerous comic anthologies, including Drawn & Quarterly, The Comics Journal and Zero Zero. Here he shares some of his comic making expertise in a hands-on workshop.
Tickets: £6
When: Saturday, 20 August - Noon to 2pm

Artists & Publishers Discussion 2: The Personal & The Political
Artist Francesca Cassavetti, has republished her mother’s wartime diary as a comic. Eileen Cassavetti will be joining her daughter on stage. They will also be joined by Sean Duffield, enterprising publisher of War: The Human Cost and contributing artists Dan Locke and Ben Naylor. There will be a signing after this event. Chair: Alex Fitch.
Tickets: £6
When: Saturday, 20 August - 2pm to 2.50pm

In Conversation With Garth Ennis
Belfast-born Garth Ennis has been a major contributor to British and American comic books since 1989 following the publication of his strip Troubled Souls about the conflict in 1980s Ireland.  A rare opportunity to meet the author of Unknown Soldier, War Is Hell, Enemy Ace, War Stories and Battlefields. There will be a signing after this event.
Tickets: £6
When: Saturday, 20 August - 3pm to 4pm

Film & Discussion: Comics Go To War
This fascinating documentary directed by Mark Daniels looks at the work of artist who are either born into conflict, or engage with it as journalists. Artists whose work is discussed include Joe Sacco, author of two books about the Middle East (Palestine, Footsteps In Gaza) and several from the former Yugoslavia. Greg Cook documented his experiences in Iraq. Keiji Nakazawa was a young boy when an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, an experience he depicts in his celebrated manga Hadashi no Gen (Barefoot Gen). Zeina Abirached’s comic Le Jeu des Hirondelles describes her childhood during the civil war in Lebanon. In her award-winning Persepolis Marjane Satrapi gives compelling insights into life in Iran before, during and after the Islamic Revolution.
Tickets: A free event
When: Saturday, 20 August - 4.30pm to 5.45pm

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