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The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference: Day One

Fri 18 Jul 2014, 10.00–17.00

Conference Centre, British Library

£35, (£28 Over 60s) and £25

Pascal Lefèvre

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09.00-09.30  Registration

09.30-10.00  Welcome (Kristian Jensen and Adrian Edwards, British Library)

10.00-10.30  Paul Gravett opening speech

10.30-11.30  Keynote Address: Pascal LeFevre - The gatekeeping at two main Belgian comics publishers, Dupuis and Lombard, at a time of transition

11.30-12.00  Refreshments

12.00-13.15 Parallel Panels

Panel 1: Creators, Art, Business

  • Benjamin Woo – Who Makes Your Comics?: Preliminary Findings from the Work in Comics Survey
  • Bart Beaty – The Archie Machine
  • Simon Locke - ‘Art’ versus ‘business’: rhetorics of production and the North American comics industry

Panel 2: Collaboration and Memory

  • Matt Green and Ravi Thornton – HOAX: A case study in cross-media and academic collaboration
  • Andrea Greenhaum – Coexistence Studies and the Graphic Novel Memoir
  • Penelope Mendonca - From Interviews to Graphic Facilitation and Fictional Comic Strips: Mothers Storying the Absent Father

13.15-14.15  Lunch

14.15-15.30  Parallel Panels

Panel 1: New Directions in Asian Comics

  • Lim Cheng Tju – Current Trends in Southeast Asian Comics
  • Kodama Kanazawa – Japanese Alternative Comics – Yuichi Yokoyama
  • Simon Turner – Queer Manga: An investigation into the queer potential of yaoi manga and the fans who read it

Panel 2: Small Press, Fanzines and New Directions in Distribution

  • Patrick Johnston – Bad Machinery and the Economics of Free Comics – A Small Press Case Study
  • Michaela Precup – Glorious Fanzines, Hardcomics, and Old Timers: Contemporary Comics Production and Consumption in Romania
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15.30-16.00  Refreshments

16.00-17.15  Parallel Panels

Panel 1: The Language of Comics

  • Franciso Veloso – A diachronic investigation of the comic book page: On the use of language in captions.
  • Alex Valente – “<This sentence is in English>*” - Translating multilingualism in Italian comics.
  • Paul Williams – Flying Buttress Publications (1976-83) and the Translation of the Francophone Bande Dessinée Album into the North American Comics Market

Panel 2: Producing a Long Running Series

  • Richard Williams – Perry Mason Comic Strip 1950-52
  • Scott Kaufman – "Crossing Media, Crossing Cultures: The Cultural and Pedagogical Impact of The Walking Dead."  
  • Lynda Haas and Alisa Perrin – From Comics Panels to Flat Panels: Building a DC Universe for TV

17.15           Close

18.30           Posy Simmonds and Steve Bell evening event. A limited number of free places will be available for Friday, and 3-day, delegates to attend the evening public event featuring Steve Bell and Posy Simmonds.