Origin Stories is a one day conference celebrating the influence and impact comics have on wider culture.
Origin Stories seeks to explore the political and social situations that are the basis for creativity within comics, the creative spark that leads to the creation of comics and the influence comics have on the wider creative industries and culture. Comics are a diverse creative playground for ideas and narratives that are frequently developed into other creative disciplines, film, television and games, giving them impact far beyond their origins.
Our Speakers Include
Tickets available via Eventbrite
General Admission £10
Student Admission £5
(See Eventbrite for schedule and timings.)
Matt Edgar — Origin Stories
Matt will introduce the day and open the discussion around the value and influence of comics.
Patrick Walker — Comics as Close as You Can Get
This dot is a line some time next week. The dot appears to be the hinterland between black and white — it’s not of course, it’s either there or it isn’t. It’s the magnified unit of a larger narrative. The dot is democratic, it’s forgiving and illusive. This presentation explores the dot and those that have exploited and embraced it. Before undertaking a career in Graphic Design I worked in a comic shop, I devoured, collected and peddled them — I ran out of rooms to put them in.
A dive into the comics, zines and corresponding 3D artefacts, created by final year Illustration students, in response to a glorious selection of factual human-interest stories from across the globe. The topics range from US roadside attractions, to Asian pearl-diving grandmas, to a Frenchman who ate anything and everything that was presented to him. Think Louis Theroux/Vice magazine/Tomorrow’s World, but beautifully illustrated. A selection of the final books and artefacts will be available to drool over in person, as well.
Gabi Putnoki — The Origin of The Graphic Novel Reading Room
In this presentation I will introduce the Graphic Novel Reading Room, my events aimed at comics readers, supporting the comics community and providing a comfortable, social space to read alongside others. I will briefly explore the history and purpose of reading rooms and similar projects around the world.
Alex Fitch — The Groundbreaking Acts of Ally Sloper
The popularity of Ally Sloper in Victorian periodicals led to eye-popping merchandise and innovative paratexts from 3D photos to a prototype graphic novel. This may be the birth of long-form British comics, and an example of reformatting strips for reprints, that predated similar activities in the USA by 50 years…
Steven Appleby, absurdist cartoonist and illustrator. She has worked for the Times, Sunday Telegraph and Guardian and her most recent graphic novel is Dragman
Dave Gibbons, one of the UK’s most respected comic artists and creator of the influential Watchmen series of comics.
We also invite you to join us for our Collectives For Change Exhibition opening and reception. This exhibition, curated by Lina Ghaibeh And George Khoury (Jad), And Organised By Mu’taz And Rada Sawwaf Arab Comic Initiative At The American University Of Beirut. It is no coincidence that the Arab youth’s modern renaissance in comics accompanied the revolutions in the Arab world that began a decade ago. Collectives and individuals pursued a dream that has today become an established reality among the Arab youths’ art space. The exhibition, ‘Arab Comics Today: The New Generation,’ sheds light on these young artists, who continue to innovate, produce, and stubbornly challenge the difficult circumstances and vicissitudes that are afflicting us all.
*There may be changes to the schedule