Saturday, 23 May 2020

Reconciliation- The Goethe Institute

Presented by the Goethe Institute:
As the Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2020, Canada will present a programme this year that reflects the diversity of the local cultural scene. We have invited 20 authors to write new and original comics and illustrated stories in German, English, French and Indigenous languages on a term that evokes very different associations and emotions in the two countries: RECONCILIATION.
My comic “The Answer”:
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Sunday, 3 May 2020

'They were forgotten': the great female cartoonists who have been overlooked

 Image from Sex Is A Funny Word by Cory Silverberg and Fiona Smyth
Review of the Society Of Illustrators show by Nadja Sayej in the Guardian:

Society Of Illustrators: The Museum Of Illustration: Women in Comics: Looking Forward and Back

Afua Richardson

Over 50 women cartoonists from vintage comic strips to cutting edge graphic novels explore themes common to the female experience such as love, sexuality, motherhood, creativity, discrimination, and independence. 75 works drawn from the collection of the author and herstorian Trina Robbins show a progression of witty women from the Flapper era to the psychedelic women’s comix of the 1970s, including original drawings from Nell Brinkley, Dale Messick, TarpĂ© Mills, and Lily Renee. Women struggled for recognition in the male-dominated field of newspaper comic strips and thrived with popular characters like the Brinkley Girls, Flapper Fanny, Mopsy, and Brenda Starr. Women drew adventure, superhero, and romance stories for comic books during World War II, until the men came home and claimed their jobs.  Women came back to comics in the 1970s. Artists Ramona Fradon (DC) and Marie Severin (Marvel) drew mainstream characters like Aquaman and Plastic Man, while artists Trina Robbins, Barbara “Willy” Mendes, and Jewlie Goodvibes created independent underground comix aimed specifically at female readers.
Building on this foundation, 20 contemporary women cartoonists will be showing work from new or upcoming publications including Lynda Barry, Colleen Doran, Trinidad Escobar, Joyce Farmer, Margot Ferrick, Emil Ferris, Mary Fleener, Ebony Flowers, Noel Franklin, Lee Marrs, Alitha Martinez, Barbara "Willy" Mendes, Summer Pierre, Afua Richardson, Fiona Smyth, Ann Telnaes, Carol Tyler, Jen Wang, Tillie Walden, Gabrielle Bell and Kriota Willberg. From new work by founding mothers Farmer, Mendes, and Marrs to current bestsellers like Flowers' “Hot Comb,” Doran’s “Snow, Glass, Apples,” Wang’s “The Prince and the Dressmaker,” and work by Richardson and Martinez on “World of Wakanda,” all of these skilled artists represent a diverse range of genres within the comics medium such as personal memoir, children’s stories, superheroes, epic fantasy, graphic medicine, and editorial cartooning.
Women in Comics: Looking Forward and Back is curated by Trina Robbins and Kim Munson, with special thanks to John Lind and Karen Green.

March 11, 2020 to October 24, 2020
On display in the main floor gallery.

128 East 63rd Street
New York, NY 10065

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Comics In Conversation at the Art Gallery of Hamilton:Julie Doucet and Fiona Smyth (Moderated by Alana Traficante)

Julie Doucet and Fiona Smyth both occupy a deeply entrenched, highly influential space in the genre of comics, and both are renowned for their artwork, which is unapologetically feminist, righteously self-assured, and aesthetically brave.
In this panel, moderated by THIS IS SERIOUS: Canadian Indie Comics co-curator Alana Traficante, the artists will discuss their careers in comics, and the challenges and opportunities afforded by this genre.

Thursday, October 10, 2019
Tickets Required
7:00 pm – Talk
AGH Members: $10
General: $12
Art Gallery of Hamilton
123 King Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8
(905) 527-6610

Monday, 22 July 2019

2nd Annual Conference Of The Comics Studies Society

I'm honoured to be talking with Jillian Tamaki and Qiana Whitted Saturday morning.
The 2nd Annual Conference of the Comics Studies Society
July 25-27, 2019
Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
About Our Annual Conference
The CSS annual conference is an opportunity for comics scholars, students, creators, librarians, curators, and fans to convene for three days of panels, roundtables, workshops, exhibits, and social events that reach out to the local and broader comics communities.

CSS held its inaugural annual conference from August 8-10th 2018 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, hosted by Carol Tilley. The CSS 2019 conference will take place from July 25th -27th 2019 at Ryerson University in Toronto, co-hosted by Candida Rifkind and Andrew O'Malley.