European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018

In Pictures: European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories at the British Library

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Photo © Dean Simons

Following up on their appearance at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Czech artists Tomáš Kučerovský and Toy_Box, two of the authors of the collective project We’re Still at War, were joined at the British Library in London last night by German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug (Heimat) for a panel titled “European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories“, chaired by Paul Gravett.

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Photo © Dean Simons
European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Photo © Dean Simons

Graphic novels are proving themselves the unlikely arena for European artists and writers to come to confront difficult and untold 20th-century experiences. The three creators outlined what drew them to tell personal and collective stories in graphic form.

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Toy_Box. Photo © Dean Simons
European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Tomáš Kučerovský . Photo © Dean Simons
European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Tomáš Kučerovský . Photo © Dean Simons

We’re Still At War sold more than 13,000 copies in the original Czech edition. The book features documentary comics in the style of Art Spiegelman’s Maus, combining oral history with high artistry and contains 13 testimonies by people who experienced a totalitarian regime, either Nazi rule or communism.

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Nora Krug. Photo © Dean Simons
European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Photo © Dean Simons

Heimat by Nora Krug is a powerful and deeply affecting graphic memoir that explores identity, guilt and the meaning of home for a post-war German. Nora documents her journey investigating the lives of her family members under the Nazi regime, visually charting her way back to a country still tainted by war.

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories - 16th October 2018
Photo © Dean Simons

The event was run in collaboration with the Czech Centre London and Karolinum Press, supported by CzechLit – Czech Literary Centre, a section of the Moravian Library. Presented in partnership with EUNIC and the European Writers’ Tour.

With thanks to Dean Simons for the photos – © Dean Simons

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.

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