An in-depth discussion on the art, history and future of publishing and editing, GRAPHIC presents some of the most influential artists who have shaped the graphic and comic world as we know it.
Bringing together Britain’s most forward thinking indie collective, the Art Editor of The New Yorker, a previous Editor-In-Chief of Marvel, DC, Top Cow and Disney Comics plus the curator-publisher of a maverick Australian publishing concern, GRAPHIC presents DIY champions Luke Pearson and Sam Arthur of Nobrow, Françoise Mouly, Len Wein and Blood & Thunders’ Leigh Rigozzi. This in-depth discussion with some of the most exciting voices in graphic art delves into the arts of publishing and editing, curatorial leadership and new printmaking techniques in the ‘dying days of print’.
Françoise Mouly; art editor for The New Yorker, co-founder of the seminal alt-comix anthology, RAW, creator of Little Lit and Editorial Director of TOON Books, these are a brief sample of Mouly’s astonishing career in graphic storytelling. A groundbreaker since operating a printing press in her New York City loft, Mouly has published an international array of the world’s top artists and cartoonists: Jacques Tardi, Jean-Jacques Sempé, Charles Burns, Chris Ware, Sue Coe, R. Crumb, Saul Steinberg or David Hockney, as well as her husband – Art Spiegelman. Mouly has overseen nearly a thousand issues of the iconic New Yorker, from the black-on-black response to September 11 and the terrorist fist-bump to the first cover drawn on the iphone. This year, three of her TOON Books are finalists for the Eisner Award.
Sharing Mouly’s lifelong search for quality design and creative content, Nobrow have flourished under the simple premise that everything must ‘deserve to be printed’. Utilising a breadth of techniques including spot-colour, screen and hand-printing, the collective’s vibrant and lucid artwork can be seen across three different imprints, in their very own London-based bookstore and a new France-based HQ.
Len Wein, comic industry legend and veteran has been Editor-In-Chief at Marvel, DC, Top Cow, and Disney Comics. He has co-created legendary characters such as Wolverine and Swamp Thing and edited hundreds of comics including Watchmen – put simply, pop culture wouldn’t be the same without the touch of Len Wein…
Blood & Thunder is a design company as well as comics anthology. The Blood & Thunder Anthology #2 showcases some of the best comic illustration that Australia and New Zealand have to offer. Edited by artist and illustrator Leigh Rigozzi, a stalwart devotee and enabler of Australia’s innovative comics scene.
Saturday, October 5 2013, 11:30am
Sydney Opera House
Bennelong Point, Sydney, Australia 2000
See the Graphic Festival event page here.
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