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See 23 UK Comics Creators Take The SCORE & SCRIPT Challenge!

Posted: November 21, 2012

Comica Festival continues through the rest of Novenber by unveiling this fascinating experimental comic art exhibition, SCORE AND SCRIPT, devised by John Miers, curated by Comica co-director Megan Donnolley and featuring 23 of Britain’s finest comics creators: Sean Azzopardi, Elliot Baggott, Dan Berry, Andy Bleck, Richy K. Chandler, John Cei Douglas, Daniel Fennings, Andrew Godfrey, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, James Hickman, Sally-Anne Hickman, Kripa Joshi, Mike Medaglia, Stuart Medley, Tanya Meditzky, John Miers, Douglas Noble, Gary Northfield, David O’Connell, Woodrow Phoenix, Andy Poyiadgi, John Riordan and Karen Rubins.

When a cartoonist begins making a comic strip, questions of how to give visual form to narratives expressed in text, or lurking as-yet-unrealised in cognition, form a central part of the decision-making process. What imagery would best depict the essence of the story I want to tell? And how can I organise that imagery into a flowing structure that is at once unified and multiple? These questions cannot, in any meaningful way, be separated – in comics, visual form and narrative content constantly inform and imply one another. But what could be revealed about the process of visual storytelling if an attempt were made to perform that separation?

Cartoonist and PhD researcher John Miers created a single-page comic, from which he derived two descriptive texts: The script, a verbal account of the events depicted in the comic, with all visual detail excised; and the score, a diagram showing the dimensions and location of depicted narrative actors, with no information regarding the narrative content. At C4RD (the Centre for Recent Drawing), 30 of the UK’s best cartoonists are creating their own single-page comic in response to one of those descriptions, with 15 working from the score, and 15 from the script. This exhibition presents the first set of 23 results from this project. While examples of comic scripts and their realisation as drawn narratives are not difficult to find, the opportunity to examine a range of responses to a single starting point is rare, and the chance this project offers to examine the relationship between visual structure and narrative content is unique.

There will also be a “Santa’s Ghetto” fair day on Saturday December 8, where comics and other artwork by the exhibitors will be on sale.

Venue: Centre for Recent Drawing, 2-4 Highbury Station Road, London N1 1SB
Dates: Exhibition runs Nov 22 - Dec 15, with an opening reception Weds Nov 21, 6-8pm. Fair day Saturday December 8.
Times: C4RD is open Thur-Sat, 1-6pm, admission free.

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