The London Graphic Novel Network presents S.M.A.S.H.
A comic, graphic and novel talkfest.
Getting philosophical about the art of comics. Three subjects. Three panels. Informal chat – followed by a discussion with the audience.
Featuring: Amber Hsu (Tiny Pencil); Sara Kenney (Surgeon X); Hannah Berry (Adamtine); John Riordan (Hitsville UK); Simon Spurrier (Cry Havoc); Dave McKean (Black Dog); Hattie Earle (Birkbeck University); Mazin Saleem (Kraken Podcast); Rob Davis (The Motherless Oven); Paul Gravett (Comics Unmasked); Julia Scheele (Queer: A Graphic History) and Jade Sarson (For the Love of God, Marie!)
Hosted by Joel Janiurek (Barbican Comic Forum)
Sponsored by University of the Arts London, Orbital and Comica.
Admission free but spaces limited.
Panel one: Genre
Which genres work best in comics and which work worst? Why? Is genre a useful way to think about comics or are they just a crutch for bad storytellers and bad audiences? Are the best comics those which exist beyond genre? Is genre only interesting when it’s being deconstructed? What would it mean for a comic to be beyond genre? Is realism just another genre? Is there any more deconstructing of genre left to do?
Panel two: Future
What does the future of comics look like? In the future will we read all our comics on a screen? Why? What new forms can comics take? What haven’t comics done yet? At what point do comics stop being comics? Do we need to change the form of comics or will it change itself? What is the most futuristic comic you’ve read? What made it so?
Panel three: Taste
Is everything subjective or are some comics better than others? Can people be wrong about the reasons about why the like or dislike a certain comic? Is it useful to make judgments about the value of comics? Why? Is taste a social construct? Where does your taste come from? Can you evaluate a comic without knowing about the history of the form? What do comics taste like, if you ate them?