The importance of war comics in culture and bringing the experience of war and conflict to new readers in a way that text alone can’t fully realise.
Posted: 2 December 2011
Ariel Kahn, Senior Lecturer for the Department of English and Creative Writing, recently participated in a radio show for ‘Comics & Conflicts, Stories of War in Comics, Graphic novels & Manga’, as a preview to events at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) of London for the Children’s Literature Festival. ‘Comics & Conflicts’ is a two day event comprised of an academic conference and an activities day, giving guests the chance to meet comic artists. The conference explores the ways in which comics around the world represent and articulate the experience and impact of war and conflict.
Alex Fitch, of Resonance FM studios, talked to Comics & Conflicts organisers Paul Gravett and Ariel Kahn, and to mother and daughter Eileen and Francesca Cassavetti, who are presenting their comic ‘Philip and Helena’, about the importance of war comics in culture and bringing the experience of war and conflict to new readers in a way that text alone can’t fully realise. The show also included extracts from episodes of Panel Borders featuring Garth Ennis and Pat Mills who are both talking at the IWM comics events. A downloadable or streamable podcast of the hour-long radio show is available to listen to on Panel Borders now.
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