25 Oct

Everything Begins with a Story: Fighting ISIS with Comic Books


Jordanian social activist, Suleiman Bakhit discusses fighting ISIS with comic books:

“Everything begins with a story…Narratives and myths give us a sense of purpose, they give us a compelling sense of direction in our lives.”

“There is a huge need for positive role models and positive narratives…We must develop a counter mythology based on healthy shame, based on personal narratives of love, and most importantly of male and female heroines.”

Read more on Wired

21 Oct

Alison Bechdel – Cartoonist Awarded MacArthur Grant


Awarded to those individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and promise to do more, the MacArthur Fellowship recognises the significance of Bechdel’s work which ‘is expanding the expressive potential of the graphic form in intricate narratives that explore the complexities of familial relationships.’

Watch her discuss her work here.




21 Oct

Championing Comics

Some interesting comments from Dave Gibbons from today’s Guardian, where he discusses his new role as ‘comics laureate’ in the UK:

“[C]omics are a very vibrant art form in their own right … part of the continuum from novels through to movies and computer games.”

“They are very accessible. I think children naturally gravitate to their particular mix of brief words and exciting, interesting pictures. They can do everything from spin yarns of derring do to things which are very educational in the sense of history and science – virtually everything…”

 “The sheer accessibility of the medium, the way in which complex information can be easily absorbed through its combination of words and pictures, actively encourages reading in those intimidated by endless blocks of cold print.”

21 Oct

New Comics Laureate in the UK


Dave Gibbons has been appointed the first ‘comics laureate’ in the UK:

“It’s a great honour for me to be nominated as the first comics laureate. I intend to do all that I can to promote the acceptance of comics in schools. It’s vitally important, not only for the pupils but for the industry too.”

From The Guardian