I’m officially a published academic now! My first peer reviewed journal article is now available online, and soon in the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics. This is an expanded version of my conference talk from 2013’s Graphic Novel and Comics Conference: Jason Shiga’s Meanwhile and digital adaptability of non-traditional narratives in comics
The demand for digital comics has increased steadily with the growth of the mobile market. This has led many comic authors to consider the importance of the physicality of their work. While many comics are being digitally converted using existing delivery channels, comics that push the boundaries of narrative find this transition more difficult. Many of the current distribution channels either attempt to emulate books, or guide the reader from panel to panel, but many non-traditional narratives require greater engagement than is allowed for under these models. Jason Shiga’s ‘choose-your-own-adventure’-style comic Meanwhile (2010. New York: Amulet) serves as a valuable example of such a story. Shiga co-developed a stand-alone iPad app for his book, which incorporates the interactive elements of his physical comic. I discuss how the app translated the experience of the book object to the digital realm, and touch on other experimental attempts to engage with readers digitally.
There’s something bittersweet about making a poster for a gig that sounds amazing but you can’t go to because you’ll be back in the US, visiting friends and family. These two shows sound amazing, so if you’re local and can get to them, please do, just so I feel slightly less sad I wasn’t there myself.
I’m becoming good friends with these guys
while working on my paper for the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference in London.
For Pop!South’s first birthday, I made a pair of posters for our pre- and post-Indietracks gigs. They’re some of my favourites I think!
I’m turning a desk into a tank
And have been putting together a booklet to document the exhibition from April
It’s got so many gatefolds that I am glad I am the one having to make the damn thing!
Bringing together almost 150 academics from across Europe and North America, the International Conference on the Cultural Politics of Memory at Cardiff University provided interdisciplinary insight into the diverse way memory studies is being utilized to contextualize contemporary life, societies and cultures.
Cardiff provided a very relevant backdrop for our discussions of memory. On the first evening, there was a trip organized to Butetown History and Arts Centre. Co-founded by Dr. Glenn Jordan and Professor Chris Weedon, who had given the opening lecture and helped organize the conference, the centre attempts to give voice to the marginalized histories of Cardiff’s dock-workers. Butetown, also known as Tiger Bay, has been home to immigrant populations in Cardiff for over one hundred years, and subject to numerous regeneration projects. It is a neighbourhood whose residents understand only to well the subjective memory of accepted history and the relevance of lived experience in contextualizing such official accounts. As part of a continuing project to engage with the community, the centre houses a repository of over 450 hours of oral history and 3,000 photographs collected over the past twenty years.
Each day, plenary lectures, such as the one on Butetown, were delivered by speakers well respected in their individual fields. Conference attendees came from a variety of disciplines: sociology, literature, history, and media studies to name a few. This provided an opportunity for a wide-range of viewpoints to converge on a single topic.
Presentations ranged from themes of war and power narratives to the use of memory in popular culture and literature. This provided an opportunity to re-contextualize my own research, grounded as it is in design practice, and encouraged dialogue between fields that may not otherwise overlap. My own paper, entitled ‘Subjectivity of Memory in Childhood Graphic Memoirs’, situated on a panel entitled Literatures of Identity and Self, was well received and generated useful discussion and feedback.
Now that the exhibition is up and running, I can breathe a bit and tick a few more things off the ole to-do list.
Firstly, I am very proud that TYCI let me make one of the posters for their awesome monthly events at Bloc.
This one was a lot of fun. I’ve had the main image kicking around for a while, but it didn’t really fit with any of the acts we’ve put on recently. But I thought an electro pop trip-hop set would be a very good opportunity to put it into use!
And now for something completely different, here’s the poster for our next Pop!South show: One Happy Island (USA) with the Wendy Darlings (FRA) and Dora Maar (EDI).
I’ve also been making the bouquets for my soon to be sister-in-law’s wedding at the end of this week. So here’s how to turn Jane Eyre into flowers in a few easy steps!
Last but certainly not least, I’m just now finishing the final edits to my first academic journal article, so hopefully I’ll be able to share more info on that in the near future!
A huge thank you to everyone who came out to the opening last night! It was an awesome time had by all. Gill from TGC said some lovely things about the night, which is always great to hear. Here’s a shot of the set-up right before we opened the doors and I performed my comic.
The exhibition is up all month, so if you didn’t get down last night, hopefully you’ll get a chance to pop down and see it in the coming weeks. I also created a behance project with images from the exhibition, for anyone who may not be able to see the show in person but is wanting to get a closer look.
Thanks again for all the support and making the opening night a success!
I’m very excited to say that I’m going to have some of my creative practice work from my PhD up in the Glad Cafe during the month of April. I’m hard at work right now finishing up pieces and prepping everything.
I’m also finalizing the line-up for a gig that will coincide with the opening, a bit of a variety show with all the acts tying in with my work in some respect. I should have more news on that in the coming days!
Another wee note to say that our event this weekend was listed as the #1 event this weekend in the Skinny! It’s almost like we’re legitimate or something ;) And I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback on the PDF I made for the event as well. Getting pretty excited for this weekend, and I’ve been running through my talk for Monday’s Laydeez Do Comics a lot as well. Life is exciting and good.
If you look up at the address bar, you may notice that we’re now at my new name domain! There may be a few bugs while everything is moving over, so please let me know if you encounter any gremlins.
In not quite Pop!South news, I have been hinting at another possible February event elsewhere, and now I can happily announce that Model Village will be playing with Bodyheat and Yakuri Cable on Feb 19th. In a funny confluence of events, we’re not actually promoting it, but I did the poster, and there are Pop!Southers in each of the supporting bands, so it’s almost a Pop!South event! The poster is below:
I hope the holiday season was good to everyone. I’ve got some news for the start of 2014. There’s a lot happening next month, for starters.
I’m terribly excited an honored to be asked to speak at the inaugural Laydeez Do Comics Glasgow, happening at the Pearce Institute in Govan on Monday Feb 10 from 6.30-9.00pm. The poster is being created as I type, by the wonderful Heather Middleton, and I’ll post it once it’s done.
[Edit: here it is! She did an awesome job adapting my map comic]
Speaking of posters, behold the beauty of the Pop!South All Day-and-a-half-er poster.
They should be popping up around town by the end of the week.
We may have more gig news to announce soon too. Exciting!