Comics As Mirror for Change
DATE / TIME
4 Nov, Sun
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
VENUEAsian Civilisations Museum, Ngee Ann Auditorium
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This session is in English
From manga to Hollywood blockbuster franchises based on the Marvel and DC series, comics has become the go-to vehicle for channelling all sorts of social undercurrents. Paul Gravett, respected curator, critic, publisher and broadcaster who has worked in the comics industry since 1981, explains the role of comics in serving purposes beyond entertainment – ranging from educational resources and trauma documentation to military propaganda.
This session is moderated by Ian Gordon.
Ian Gordon is a cultural historian of the United States and the Head of the History Department at the National University of Singapore. His latest works include Superman: The Persistence of an American Icon (2017), The Comics of Charles Schulz: The Good Grief of Modern Life (2017) and Ben Katchor: Conversations (2018).
Paul Gravett is a writer, historian, critic and curator specialising in international comics. He has authored books on manga, graphic novels, British comics and comics art. He is the editor of The Mammoth Book of Best Crime Comics and 1001: Comics You Must Read Before You Die. His exhibitions include retrospectives of Tove Jansson, Posy Simmonds and Jack Kirby.Paul Gravett is featured in the following SWF event(s):