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What’s Paul Gravett Getting Up To Next?
Posted: June 15, 2012
Hi! I’m just back from interviewing Seth at the 5th Oslo Comics Expo (look out for an upcoming Article all about this), which was a blast, and meeting up again with Joost Swarte, Chris Ware, Jason, Marc Bell, Matthias Wivel and Fredrik Strömberg (above), among many, many others (thanks to Ulli Lust for this snapshot!). I am also back from curating Posy Simmonds’ first ever retrospective at the Belgian Comic Strip Centre in Brussels. I also took part in a Critics’ Roundtable on Robin McConnell’s excellent Vancouver-based radio show Ink Studs, discussing with Tom Spurgeon from The Comics Reporter and blogger Jog Mack such gems as Blank Slate mega-anthology Nelson, R. Kikuo Johnson’s The Shark King, Spain Rodrigruez’s Cruisin’ with the Hound, Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer, Alison Bechdel’s Are You My Mother? and Sempé‘s Monsieur Lambert. Go listen online.
So what am I getting up to next? You can catch me over this weekend, firstly on Saturday June 16thm at Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road. I am joining their first Illustration Day as part of the Sketching The City Season. As well as a talk by legendary illustrator David Gentleman about his new book on London and ace demos by Karrie Fransman and Simone Lia, I’ll be giving an illustrated talk at 3.15pm on The Pleasures of Reading Comics. To come for the whole day, you need to book and pay £8/6 concs. for tickets, but to come just to my talk, there is no charge, so go ahead now and email events[at]foyles.co.uk and simply request a free ticket for it.
Then on the Sunday June 17th, I’ll be at Nobrow’s first East London Comics & Arts Festival or ELCAF at Village Underground, 54 Holywell Lane, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PQ. I will be interviewing the brilliant French artist and writer Blexbolex, creator of Abecedaria and Dog Crime, who is launching his latest dazzling graphic novel No Man’s Land from Nobrow. I am really looking forward to our conversation which runs from 3.30 to 4.30pm - and admission to ELCAF is free.
And the following Thursday June 21st, I’ll be once more with the ubiquitous Karrie Fransman for the opening of her one-woman exhibition Experimenting with Comics at the Orbital Comics Gallery near Leicester Square tube. As part of the launch party from 7.30pm, Karrie will be talking about her exhibition, I will explore some of the history of experimental comics, and webcomics wizard Daniel Merlin Goodbrey will present some of his own and others’ digital comics experiments. It’s all free and may well help expand your horizons about what comics are capable of.
Hope to see YOU at one or more of these free London events I am participating in!
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