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[cfp] Canadian Graphic Life Narratives

Posted 25 Jul, 2012

A collection of essays edited by Candida Rifkind and Linda Warley

Canadian comics authors have been at the forefront of the international boom in book-length comics, particularly the forms of life writing increasingly known as "autographics" (a term coined by Gillian Whitlock and Anna Poletti). From biography to autobiography (real and fictionalized), memoir, family portrait, oral history, diary, confession, travel writing, and the sketch, over the past two decades a diverse group of Canadian cartoonists has experimented with visual and verbal forms to tell all kinds of personal life stories in sequential comics.

This volume of essays will be the first definitive collection in Canadian life writing studies that considers some of the following questions: why are Canadian cartoonists producing so many works that could be analyzed as life writing? What is the relationship between visual representation and verbal narrative? What relations are there between Canadian graphic life narratives and international texts that have garnered more popular and academic attention (eg. Spiegelman's Maus, Satrapi's Persepolis, Bechdel's Fun Home)? What can studies of Canadian life writing comics tell us about larger questions, such as identity, history, nation, memory? How do life narratives intersect with or depart from other discursive constructions of Canadian "selves"? Where is the line between "real" and "fictionalized" lives?

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[general] New Summer Classes at the Sequential Artists Workshop

Posted 10 Jul, 2012

Gainesville's own Sequential Artists Workshop has new classes and events lined up for summer, including the workshop "Professional Inking and Drawing Techniques with Justine Mara Andersen," running for 6 Wednesdays, from July 11—August 15, 6:30 pm—9:00 pm. Samples of Justine Mara Anderson's work can be found at Workshop fee: $130.

SAW is also offering a one-afternoon "Single Session Intro to Comics Workshop," hosted by Tom Hart, on Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 11:00-5:00 pm. This class is advertised as an "intro to comics for creative adults." Workshop fee: $45.

For details on these and other SAW events, see the Classes and Workshops page on the Sequential Artists Workshop website.



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