Paul Gravett talks at length about this year’s ComICA events in London, the arts festival on the comics medium from the Institute Of Contemporary Arts, how it began in 2003 as a little pilot that could and has now become a big budget affair for the organisation, flying in guests from around the world and presening the biggest names in comics from Chris Ware to Alan Moore to Seth to Art Spiegelman to Marjane Satrapi. This year’s festivities kick off this week and include, amongst other things, Arnold Brown interviewing Eddie Campbell.
Paint by Vivien McDonald has won the ComICA/Observer graphic short story competition. The piece, an autobiographical short comic about a woman’s life changed by a young child, won from 300 entries, and Vivien will receive a £1000 prize at the ComICA festival later this month. The full four page story runs in today’s edition of The Observer but you can read the story panel by panel here.
ComICA will also host the nominees for the Arts Foundation Graphic Novelist Award worth £10,000. Kate Brown (work pictured), Bill Bragg, Karry Fransman and James McKay are shortlisted for the prize. Their work will be exhibited at the festival before the award is announced early next year.
The festival will also see the launch of Ctrl.Alt.Shift Unmasks Corruption, previously covered by the Cool, in which comics creators, new and old, take the theme of corruption as both the cause of poverty and a barrier to overcoming it, and create comics narratives around it. Some sample pages follow.
The book has been edited by Paul Gravet, John Dunning and Emma Pettit and includes work by VV Brown, Dan Goldman, Aleksandar Zograf, Bryan Talbot, Pat Mills, Asia Alfasi, Dylan Horrocks, Adele Austin & Woodrow Phoenix, Ben Dickson & Warren Pleece, Cole Johnson, Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, Dave McKean, Elettra Stamboulis & Gianluca Costantini, Ferry Gouw, Ethan Ede / Adam Rosenlund, Fredrik Stromberg & Jan Bielecki, Jason Masters, Josue Menjivar, Laura Oldfield Ford, Lee O’Connor, Lightspeed Champion. Patrick Dean, Paul O’Connell & Marcus Bleasdale. Sean Michael Wilson & Michiru Morikawa, Vishwajyoti Ghosh, David Allain & Emma Price.
It will be available from comic chops over the next two months.
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