Concluding cross cultural comics month on Resonance FM’s Strip! radio show, Roehampton University Illustration lecturer Ariel Kahn talks to award-winning graphic novelist Rutu Modan about her work, in an interview conducted live at the Jewish Community Centre in North London.
Illustrator and comic book creator Rutu Modan is a chosen artist of the Israel Cultural Excellence Foundation. She’s created comic strips for the Israeli newpapers Yedioth Acharonot and Ma’ariv and illustrations for The New Yorker, Le Monde, The New York Times, along with many other publications. Her first graphic novel, Exit Wounds, received much critical acclaim and she’s had equally postive reviews for her new collection Jamilti and Other Stories.
Discussing her career, from Exit Wounds to Jamilti and Other Stories, released in April, Rutu and Ariel talk about her influences, the difficulties in depicting a city as rich and diverse as Tel Aviv in print and adjusting to life in England.
• Strip!: The Art of Rutu Modan is broadcast today, Thursday 25th June on Resonance 104.4 FM (London), streamed at www.resonancefm.com, repeated 11.30pm Sunday 28th June. An extended podcast of the first half of the interview is online now on Panel Borders, with Part Two to follow after the Resonance broadcast.
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. 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 “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.