This year’s Graphic Brighton weekend at the University of Brighton City Campus takes place on 1st – 2nd May, presented by the University of Brighton and fine publishers Myriad Editions, and includes panels, discussions and workshops.
Following last year’s event which explored the work of local artists and included Chris Riddell and David Lloyd as guests, this year they’re looking at creators who depict ‘marginalised groups’ in comics, with creators talking about their work including Warren Pleece, Ilya, Patrice Aggs, Emma Vieceli, Karrie Fransman, Nye Wright and more.
The 20 creators who will be presenting their work, alongside questions from academics, will be showing how comics are a brilliant medium for displaying the lives of people whose stories are rarely told in the medium, such as pregnant women, people with autism, those of a minority ethnic background and much more.
Friday evening, 1st May, features have a Free (though you still need to book) discussion of depictions of LGBT characters in Manga followed by 13 x 5 min presentations by local artists of their work.
On Saturday 2nd, there are seven panels on a variety of subjects including pregnancy in comics, using strips to help the elderly, ethnic voices in graphic novels, with contributions by the artists mentioned above plus experts Tim Pilcher and Ian Rakoff (former writer of The Prisoner, turned comics lecturer at the Victoria and Albert Museum).
Friday 1st May: 6.30 – 10.00pm
A panel on gay Manga followed by a Myriad Quick Strips event where 12 creators talk about their work in 5 minute slots.
Myriad ‘Quick Strips’ features: Henny Beaumont (A Hole in the Heart), Gareth Brookes (The Black Project), Joe Decie (The Listening Agent), Kate Evans (Bump), Wallis Eates (You Chew, I Spew), Hannah Eaton (Naming Monsters), Fraser Gessin (The Cleaner), Ilya (Room for Love), Dan Locke (Going Home), Danny Noble (Dity Rotten Comics), Jade Sarson (For the love of God, Marie!) Nicola Streeten (Billy, Me & You), Will Volley (The Opportunity) and Ian Williams (The Bad Doctor)
The panel will be compered by Nye Wright (Things To Do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park)
Saturday 2nd May
10.00am: Comics: a still marginalised medium?
Tim Pilcher (Erotic Comics) and Karrie Fransman (Death of the Artist / The House that Groaned)
11.20am: ‘Can’t we talk about something more pleasant?’ Older people and comics
Muna Al Jawad (Consultant in Elderly Medicine and Cartoonist) and Corinne Pearlman (Playing the Jewish Card comic strip)
or: 11.20am: Multiculturalism in comics – how are people from differing ethnic origins depicted?
Warren Pleece (The Great Unwashed) and Patrice Aggs (The Boss)
1.00pm: Street Dwellers – do the homeless have a voice in comics
Ilya (Room for Love) and Nye Wright (Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park)
or 1pm: The YES Project – representing the experience of non-verbal Autism
Laura Malacart (YES) and Dan Locke (A Graphic Cosmogony)
14.20: A History of Marginalised Voices in Comic Strips
Ian Rakoff (Victoria and Albert Museum)
or 14:20: Bumps, Births & early Motherhood in comics and graphic novels
Henny Beaumont (A Hole in the Heart), Francesca Cassavetti (The Most Natural Thing in the World) and Kate Evans (Bump)
15:20 Plenary – a selection of attending cartoonists share their thoughts of the day and hopes for the future of marginalised groups in comics