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Archive: Jan 2016

Comics Beat, January 29, 2016

On The Scene: Our Comics, Ourselves Illuminates The History of Comics Diversity
01/29/2016 By Charles Brownstein

Organizers Jan Descartes, Ethan Heitner, and Monica McKelvey Johnson gathered a broad, well-considered, and cohesive overview of comics whose authors, characters and subject matter spoke to the concerns of diverse audiences. While much of the work on display was visually pleasing, aesthetics wasn’t the primary objective here, storytelling was.

Hillary Chute on Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form

Friday, February 26, 2016
7–9pm

In hard-hitting accounts of Auschwitz, Bosnia, Palestine, and Hiroshima’s Ground Zero, comics display a stunning capacity to bear witness to trauma. Investigating how hand-drawn comics has come of age as a serious medium for engaging history, Disaster Drawn explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists, including Jacques Callot, Francisco Goya, Keiji Nakazawa, Art Spiegelman, and Joe Sacco, document the disasters of war.

Rojava: Building Democratic Autonomy in Syria

Thursday, February 25, 7:30pm

The Kurdish freedom movement in Rojava has emerged against all odds in their fight for democratic confederalism, gender equality, and ecology in the midst of the Syrian Civil War. This discussion, facilitated by Melissa Forbis from Interference Archive, will feature Malek Rasamny, a researcher and artist based in New York and Beirut, and Matt Peterson, a New York filmmaker currently working with Malek Rasamny on The Native and the Refugee, a multi-media project connecting the American Indian reservation with the Palestinian refugee camp.

Film Screening: Comic Book Confidential (1988)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
7pm

Film Screening: Comic Book Confidential (1988) A survey of the artistic history of the comic book medium and some of the major talents associated with it.

Featuring Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Sue Coe, Robert Crumb, Will Eisner, Al Feldstein, Shary Flenniken, William M. Gaines, Bill Griffith, Jaime Hernadez, Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, Stan Lee, Paul Mavrides, Frank Miller, Victor Moscoso, Francaise Mouly, Dan O’Neill, Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Shelton, Spain, and Art Spiegelman.

if a song could be freedom mixtapes

As part of the if a song could be freedom…Organized Sounds of Resistance exhibition, we invited musicians, activists organizers to curate a mixtape on a theme and genre of their choice. Here is the current collection of those which have been released! Listen up!

Launch of “Prison and Social Death” by Joshua Price

Thursday, February 18, 7:30pm

Come to a launch of Joshua Price’ book “Prison and Social Death” and a discussion of current efforts to end solitary confinement and other forms of extreme isolation in state prisons and local jails in New York and nationally with the participation of Five Mualimm-ak and Terrence Slater from the Campaign for Alternatives to Isolated Confinement (CAIC). We will discuss the experiences of people who have served time in solitary. We will also review recent legal settlements, legislative initiatives and activist attempts to end or curtail the use of solitary and solitary-like conditions.

Screening and Q&A: Miners Shot Down and Fallism in Contemporary South Africa

Sunday, February 21st, 2pm

Join us for this screening of Miners Shot Down, a documentary examining the wildcat strike that became South Africa’s first post-apartheid massacre, and a Q&A after with current organizers within South Africa’s student and labor movements.

Catch a sneak peak of Our Comics, Ourselves!

We’ve been hard at work on the upcoming exhibition Our Comics, Ourselves, which opens this Thursday at Interference Archive. Take a peek here!

Just Cause : Bad Faith — a review in pictures

If you missed the Just Cause : Bad Faith exhibition at Interference Archive last month, show curator Steve Sewell from the Art Handlers Alliance has captured everything on display in a series of photos.

Our Comics, Ourselves: Leela Corman Presents

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
7–9pm

Join Gainesville-based illustrator, cartoonist, and Middle Eastern dancer, Leela Corman as she talks about her work, from Eisner-nominated graphic novel, Unterzahkn, to her autobiographical comics about grief and healing, and her new collection of comics coming out in 2016 from Retrofit Books. She will also organize a participatory reading of one of her works.