Comics and Graphic Novels Programming
Our program will explore the wide scope of graphic novels, from mainstream imprints like DC, Marvel and Dark Horse through to smaller niche publishers, and from traditional publishing to Web comics. We'll explore the breadth of the field, from superhero comics through to major fantasy works like Sandman and Fables. But while we will look closely at this unique form of the science fiction and fantasy genre, we won't look at it in isolation. We'll also explore how graphic story ties into other forms: how Sandman influences written fantasy and vice versa, or the way in which SF and fantasy artists like Kelly Freas, Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo have shaped art in comics. And we'll look at how comics like Girl Genius relate to other Steampunk works.
Comics have also become fodder for the movie industry, not only for superhero comics but for graphic works ranging from Iron Man to The Road to Perdition to V for Vendetta. Graphic works seem to make a better starting point in many cases than novels or short stories. But what is it about the format that allows the movie industry to easily visualize what is needed? And of course, it isn't a one-way street. Notable film and TV creators such as Joss Whedon, J. Michael Straczynski, and Kevin Smith have been successful in both media.
In addition to exploring the field, we'll also have some sessions on creating comics. We'll have how to items and demos and a chance for you to hear more from those with insight into how comics and graphic novels actually come to be.
There is so much we want to look at, and we'll try to touch on much of it at Renovation. We'll look at, buying and collecting comic art, children's books being adapted into comics from works of Shan, Colfer and Horowitz, and at comic strip characters such as Opus, Calvin and Hobbes, Doonesbury and Snoopy and how they compare with today's comic strip characters.
And of course we'll have a number of items involving our special guest Bill Willingham, including not only his groundbreaking work on Fables but the whole scope of his career, including such recent work as Justice Society of America and Angel.
Further Reading and Useful Links
- Comic Book Resources - a website
dedicated to comic book news and discussion.
- The Comic Book Database.
- The Comics Journal - a magazine looking at
comics from an arts-first perspective.
- The Eisner Awards - the leading industry awards for comics, presented at the San Diego Comic-Con.