The forthcoming Comica at the ICA has announced it's Schedule
COMICA: CONFESSIONS & CONVICTIONS (June 5-13 2004)
ICA, The Mall, London SW1Y 5AH, Box Office and Enquiries 02079303647,
FILM: The Mindscape of Alan Moore
European premiere of director DeZ Vylenz’s cinematic audience with born raconteur Alan Moore, author of the modern classics Watchmen, From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Pre-screening panel discussion on the 7th with Moore’s collaborators including Dave Gibbons, David Lloyd, Jose Villarrubia and Oscar Zarate . European Premier on Monday 7th, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1, further screenings at 6.30pm on 8th, 9th and 10th June.
TALKS: Creators presenting their work in depth, including never before seen material and, in some cases, live creation.
Drawing Front Lines: Bittercomix and Aleksandar Zograf.
Bittercomix comprises Conrad Botes and Joe Dog, South African revolutionaries whose comics literally were on the front line in the struggle for South African democracy during the eighties. Hailed as heroes with the release of Nelson Mandela, they have continued to train an unblinking eye on their national psyche, and have been pivotal in the nurturing of the nascent comic scene in Africa with a string of important exhibitions . Aleksandar Zograf, a Serbian comics writer and artist, explores the former Yugoslavia’s complex psyche in a darkly amusing manner. Thursday 10 June, 8.30pm, ICA
McSweeney’s Launch: Seth & Ware in Conversation
Chris Ware is at the very top of his game – not only has he won the Guardian First Book Award (the first time this has been awarded to a comic book) for his genre-defying Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth, he has also compiled the Penguin/Hamish Hamilton-published Comic Edition of McSweeney’s to be launched at Comica, featuring a stellar line-up of North America’s finest including Crumb, Spiegelman, Clowes, Sacco and Seth and Ware themselves and . Seth is considered one of the great cartoonists of the past decade, and is synonymous with the style and sensibility of Canada’s massively influential Drawn & Quarterly Books. Seth will be launching Clyde Fans and an illustrated prose novel of his father’s Great Depression memoirs . Also: screening of documentary on Ware after talk. Tue 8 June, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1
Family Secrets: Craig Thompson & David B. in Conversation
Craig Thompson, creator of the poignant autobiographical epic Blankets that runs to 592 pages, is set to be the biggest thing since Chris Ware. Praise for Blankets: ‘… achingly beautiful’ Time Magazine . David B. put himself at the forefront of the autobiographical comic book movement with the completion of his 300-page masterpiece Epileptic (to be published in the UK 2005) about the impact on his childhood and family of his elder brother’s disease. As teacher of Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) his influence is wide-ranging and ever more apparent. Wed 9 June, 8.30pm, ICA Cinema 1
DIGITAL COMICS WORKSHOP
José Villarrubia is Spanish-born, now living in the US. He is an innovative illustrator/ photographer who has worked with Alan Moore on Promethea and on The Mirror of Love, a history of gay and lesbian culture, expected out during COMICA. He will be giving a computer colouring workshop and a slide lecture history of gays and lesbians in US comics. Sat 5 June, 3pm, ICA Digital Studio
GETTING YOUR HANDS DIRTY: MOBILE PHONE COMICS
A violent demystification of the creative genesis of comic books with an all-day 'comics factory' taking place in two rooms of the ICA. High profile participants will work together to produce new forms of ‘nano-comics’ intended for mobile phone communications, touching on autobiography and politics. Sun 13, 12 – 8, ICA Nash & Brandon Rooms
AN AFTERNOON OF CONVERSATIONS
First Persons Singular
Thinly disguised or brutally frank, autobio-comics put the cartoonist’s life inside the panels. Al Davison (Spiral Cage), Ilya (Skidmarks) and others discuss. 2 - 3pm
21st Century Escape
From graphic novels to animation, Glenn Dakin (Temptation), Carol Swain (Food Boy), Woodrow Phoenix (Pants Ant), Chris Reynolds (Mauretania), and other Escape artists unveil their latest projects. 3.30 - 4.30pm
Same Sex, Different Stories
José Villarrubia examines representations of gays and lesbians in US comics and launches his new book The Mirror of Love, Alan Moore’s history of homosexual culture. 5 - 6pm
Fresh Faces, Inky Fingers
Sylvia Farago (Sturgeon White Moss), Simone Lia (Fluffy), Neal Fox (Le Gun) and other new publishers on the magic of print comics, followed by launch of Le Gun with the Royal College of Art. 6.30 - 7.30pm
All talks will be followed by signing sessions
Sun 6 Jun, ICA Nash Room
At the French Institute:
17 Queensberry Place, London SW7, Box Office & Enquiries 020 7073 1350
Sylvain Chomet is the visionary French director of the magical Oscar-nominated animated film Belleville Rendezvous (2003), as well as the creator and author of several bande dessinée albums.
Joann Sfar and Lewis Trondheim are stars of the ‘Nouvelle Vague’ of French comics
Dupuy & Berberian, the unique double-act behind Monsieur Jean, soon to be a live action movie.
Frank Margerin famed for Lucien, France’s favourite rock’n’roll anti-hero.
Benoît Peeters, Belgian author of Cities of the Fantastic and Hergé biographer.
The French Institute presents a retrospective display to celebrate Tintin’s 75th Anniversary, including drawings and sketches by Hergé. May 11 to June 13 - admission free.
Original Le Gun magazine Illustrations in the bistro.
OTHER EXHIBITIONS AND OTHER EVENTS RELATED TO COMICA
Crumb film screening British Museum (June 4)
The Adventures of Tintin at Sea exhibition, National Maritime Museum (continuing)
BookArtBookshop Exhibit of Mini-Comics curated by Les Coleman and Paul Gravett (June 4, 7, 5 & 9-12)
The National Comic Book Marketplace at the Royal National Hotel (June 6)
The Making of the Rakoff Collection of Graphic Literature is a talk by Ian Rakoff and viewing of treasures from the Rakoff Collection of Graphic Literature at the V & A Museum, Ground Floor Seminar Room 3 (June 11th 2.30-4pm)
National Maritime Museum talk (2pm, June 13) Benoit Peeters, biographer of Tintin’s creator Hergé, will be in conversation with Comica’s director Paul Gravett and guests on comics' new found cultural respectability and its relation to art and literature.