Baking With Kafka: Trends in Contemporary Graphic Novels

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With cartoonist Tom Gauld and international comics expert Paul Gravett

What are the unique possibilities of the graphic novel? And how has its appeal diversified and evolved in recent years? Explore current trends in graphic novels at home and abroad with cartoonist Tom Gauld and international comics expert Paul Gravett.

In his inimitable style, British cartoonist Tom Gauld opened comics to a crossover audience and challenged perceptions of what the medium can be. Noted as a 'book-lover’s cartoonist', Gauld’s weekly strips in The Guardian stitch together the worlds of literary criticism and pop culture to create brilliantly executed, concise comics that are simultaneously silly and serious.

Join Tom in conversation with journalist, curator, writer and broadcaster Paul Gravett. Paul has worked in comics publishing for over 30 years, and writes on comics for numerous publications including Comics International, ArtReview, The Comics Journal, Comic Art and Comics International, as well as helping to run the Comica comics festival and the Graphical Short Story contest.

Tom Gauld is one of the most celebrated cartoonists and illustrators working today, lauded both for his frequent contributions to New Scientist, The Guardian and The New York Times, and his Eisner-nominated graphic novels. From sarcastic panels about the health hazards of being a best-selling writer to a list of magical items for fantasy writers (such as the Amulet of Attraction, which summons mainstream acceptance, Hollywood money, and fresh coffee), Gauld’s cartoons are timely and droll. In addition to his graphic novels Goliath, You’re All Just Jealous of My Jetpack and Mooncop, he has designed a number of book covers. In Baking With Kafka, Gauld presents a best-of collection of literary humour cartoons that give the reader one witty, sly, ridiculous comic after another.

Paul Gravett is a writer, historian and curator specialising in international comics. He has written Manga: Sixty Years of Japanese Comics, Graphic Novels: Stories To Change Your Life and Comics Art, and edited 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Britain and abroad, including retrospectives of Tove Jansson and Posy Simmonds, and co-curated Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK for the British Library, co-writing the accompanying book. His latest exhibition for the Barbican Centre, MANGASIA: Wonderlands of Asian Comics, coincides with a new book from Thames & Hudson.


Name: Baking With Kafka: Trends in Contemporary Graphic Novels
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