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QueenSpark Books is pleased to be involved with this Graphic Brighton event this year, just in time for the publication of our own new graphic novel Brighton’s Graphic War. Our very own Tim Pilcher, Paul Collicutt and Jaime Huxtable will be speaking about their experiences of creating our new book at this event too!

The event programme for Graphic Brighton 2016 is now available, advertising graphic novelists such as Kate Evans, Dave McKean, Bryan Talbot, Mary M Talbot who will be appearing at the University of Brighton on 9th and 10th December 2016 to talk about their work.

They will be joined by creators from Brighton’s Graphic War(published by QueenSpark Books), cartoonists Ben Dickson and Jaime Huxtable, Justin Wadlow from the French festival “Les Rendez-vous de la Bande Dessinée d’Amiens” and many more guests to be announced shortly.

For Graphic Brighton 2016, in addition to a practitioner based day, we are introducing an academic strand and welcome papers in response but not limited to the following topics:

• The cultural memory of British War Comics such as Battle Action Weekly
• Graphic Journalism in the work of Joe Sacco and Emmanuel Gilbert
• Underrepresented stories of war such as the suffrage movement and conscientious objectors
• Historical and contemporary global conflicts
• Audience reception and expectation of war comics
• The wartime memoir practiced by Art Spiegelman and Raymond Briggs
• Beyond the front line – the impact of war on everyday lives in graphic novels by Barbara Yelin and Marjane Satrapi
• Dramatising historical research in the work of Bryan and Mary Talbot
• Comics propaganda from 1940s war bond advertising to the present day
• Superhero publishers’ responses to war, such as Marvel’s The ‘Nam
• Gender representation and conflict
• War and exploitation in the pages of EC Comics

Keynote speakers include: Bryan Talbot, Mary Talbot and Kate Evans.
Featured creators include Ben Dickson, Jaime Huxtable, Tim Pilcher and Paul Collicutt, with more guests TBC

The symposium is aimed at scholars, creators, publishers and readers of sequential narratives, and follows successful conferences in 2014 and 2015 which featured such guests as Hannah Berry, John Higgins, Karrie Fransman, David Lloyd, Pat Mills, Chris Riddell and Emma Vieceli discussing their work.

Tickets priced between £5 and £20 for all the public events, and £30 to £60 to include the additional academic strand, are available now from the University of Brighton online shop.