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16 Oct 2018 19:15

European Graphic Novels: Drawing Untold Stories

Graphic novels are proving themselves the unlikely arena for European artists and writers to come to confront difficult and untold twentieth century experiences.

Join Czech artists Tomáš Kučerovský and Toy Box, two out of 13 authors of We Are Still at War and German-American author and illustrator Nora Krug, author of Heimat, to find out what drew them to tell these personal and collective stories in graphic form and the process by which they were made. 

We Are Still At War sold more than 13,000 copies in the original Czech edition. The book features documentary comics in the style of Art Spiegelman's Maus, combining oral history with high artistry and contains 13 testimonies by people who experienced the totalitarian regime - either Nazi rule or communism.

Heimat by Nora Krug is a powerful and deeply affecting graphic memoir that explores identity, guilt and the meaning of home for a post-war German. In Heimat, Nora documents her journey investigating the lives of her family members under the Nazi regime, visually charting her way back to a country still tainted by war. 

Tomáš Kučerovský
Tomáš Kučerovský is a freelance illustrator living in Brno, where he also studied architecture at the Brno University of Technology. His work includes book covers, editorial illustrations, advertising, storyboards, board games and game concepts. He is  the publisher and editor-in-chief of the comics magazine Aargh! and he has also participated in several comics anthologies.  Since 2012  he has been publishing a comic strip in the Czech street newspaper Nový prostor. ZOOOM 1, a  monograph on his work  was published in 2012. He has also participated in more than 30 exhibitions both in the Czech Republic and abroad.  

Toy Box is one of the few Czech female comics authors. She studied interactive media and media communication at the International Art Campus Prague and scenography at the Theatre Faculty (DAMU), part of the Academy of Performing Arts. Her work includes cover illustrations for the Czech magazine Nový prostor (New Space), the comics magazine Ukradený (Stolen), and the cover for the literary magazine A2. She has also worked on film and theatre projects, illustrated the first part of the urban legends stories Černá sanitka (Black ambulance) and publishes in AARGH! and Zkrat comics magazines.

Nora Krug is a German-American author, illustrator and associate professor in the Illustration Program at the Parsons School of Design in New York City. Her drawings and visual narratives have appeared in publications including The New York Times, the Guardian and le Monde Diplomatique, as well as in a number of anthologies. Her illustrations have been recognised with multiple awards and medals, and her work has been exhibited internationally, and her animations shown at the Sundance Film Festival. 

The event will be chaired by Paul Gravett.

Paul Gravett is a London-based journalist, curator, writer and broadcaster who has worked in comics publishing since 1981. He is the founder of Escape Magazine, and writes a monthly article on comics appearing in the UK magazine Comics International, together with a monthly column for ArtReview. He has written for various periodicals including The GuardianThe Comics JournalComic ArtComics InternationalTime OutBlueprintNeoThe BooksellerThe Daily Telegraph and Dazed & Confused.

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In collaboration with the British Library and Karolinum Press, supported by CzechLit — Czech Literary Centre, a section of the Moravian Library, Post Bellum, Institut for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and Argo

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