S.M.A.S.H. 2 / Details

Barbican Library
Saturday 7th November 2015





Cityread, Comica and the London Graphic Novel Network join forces to present S.M.A.S.H. in the Barbican Library: a comic, graphic and novel talkfest. 

Getting all philosophical about comics. Three subjects. Three panels. Informal chat – followed by a discussion with the audience. 

Ben Aaronovitch (Rivers of London) 
Steven Appleby (Guide to Life) 
Gareth Brookes (The Black Project)  
Karrie Fransman (Death of the Artist) 
Paul Gravett (Comics Unmasked) 
David Hine (The Bulletproof Coffin) 
Frazer Irving (Batman)

Mike Medaglia (One Year Wiser)
Fumio Obata (Just So Happens)
Andy Oliver (Broken Frontier)

Mazin Saleem (Kraken)
Dan White (Cindy & Biscuit)

Hosted by Joel Janiurek (Barbican Comic Forum)

Free admission. 

12:30 – 15:30pm 
Saturday 7th November

Barbican Library
Barbican Centre
Silk St


PANEL 1: Criticism
12:30 – 13:15pm
Andy Oliver, Fumio Obata, Frazer Irving and Dan White
How should we understand comics and comics criticism? What exactly is the function of comics criticism? What things does comics criticism do badly and what things does it do well? What should the future of comics criticism look like – and why?

PANEL 2: Stories
13:30 – 14:15
Gareth Brookes, Paul Gravett, Steven Appleby and Karrie Fransman
Are there certain types of stories that only comics can tell or at least – tell best? What are the emotional or intellectual experiences that only comics can create in the mind of the reader? Do comics even need to tell stories at all? And if so – why?

PANEL 3: Adaptation
14:30 – 15:15pm
Ben Aaronovitch, David Hine, Mike Medaglia and Mazin Saleem

How easy is it to adapt a comic into another art form? Or to adapt another art form into a comic? What are the artistic reasons for doing so? Which are the worst examples of comics adaptation and which are the best? And why? 


  1. So what you're saying is I've got a little under two weeks to get my arse to London in order to attend this? Might be pushing it… 🙂


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