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Join us on the evening of May 11th at the Alliance française of Toronto for a comic arts night! Part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, two panels, one in French and in English about heroines in comics, and one in English with European authors, will feature five comic book artists, from France to Italy, Germany and the UK.

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Heroines in Comic Arts

If female characters have always been portrayed in comic books, numerous have been for a long time pigeonholed in stereotyped roles, mirroring the society of their times. From the femme fatale to the lady of adventure trope and the graphic novels depicting their female authors and their everyday life, which place do the heroines hold nowadays in comic arts?

A discussion in French and in English with authors and illustrators James Albon and Sandrine Revel.
Moderated by Charlotte Groult, Book and Debates Officer for the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Canada.

James Albon

James Albon is a British Illustrator living in Lyon, France. His clients include the Folio Society, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, went on to a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Drawing School in London, and was awarded the Gwen May award from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2012. Her Bark and Her Bite, James’ first graphic novel, was published last April in English.

Sandrine Revel

Sandrine Revel is the author of more than ten graphic novels published in French, as well as children’s comics. Her first book to be translated in English was published last December and is a graphic novel biography about Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. In Glenn Gould, A Life Off Tempo, Sandrine Revel dives into Gould’s life, to try to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona and the abrupt end of his career. Hey Jude!, her new comic book for kids and adults, set up in Toronto, was published in French in April 2017. Among other albums, she has also published: La Lesbienne invisible (2013), N'embrassez pas qui vous voulez (2012) with Marzena Sowa and Résurgences: Femmes en voie de resociabilisation (2010).

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm. EUNIC Panel

With authors and illustrators Paolo Bacilieri (Italy), Martina Schradi (Germany) and Marcelino Truong (France).
Moderated by Lars von Toerne, reporter for Der Tagesspiegel.

Paolo Bacilieri

Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arte in Bologna. His works include Barokko, Durasagra and The Supermaso Attitude. He is also the creator of recurring character Zeno Porno, whose madcap adventures are collected in the books Zeno Porno and La Magnifica Desolazione. His recent graphic novels include Adiós Muchachos and Sweet Salgari. His latest graphic novel to be translated into English, Fun, is both a researched history and a playful literary crime story, that explores the strange power of crossword puzzle, one of the world’s most popular pastimes. He lives in Milan.

Martina Schradi

Martina Schradi is an artist and psychologist from Nuremberg, Germany. She studied Psychology and Design. In 2013, she launched the project, "Ach, so ist das?!" ("Oh, I see?!"), about LGBT themes, and which eventually became a book. For this work, Martina interviewed people, collected their stories and turned them into short comics based on their life events and experiences. She conducts workshops and readings on how to use her comics to fight prejudice, reflecting both her passion for art and activism.

Marcelino Truong

Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in the Philippines, Marcelino Truong and his family moved to America, and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war, before going to London and Paris. Such a Lovely Little War, his first graphic novel translated into English for now (Saigon calling will be released next September by Arsenal Pulp Press) is a graphic memoir about the early years of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of a young boy, where the turbulent national history is interwined with an equally traumatic familial one. Marcelino is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, published in French, such as La Carambole d'Or and Trois samouraïs sans foi ni loi, and published numerous press illustrations as well, in Libération, Marianne, ELLE and XXI.

 

Alliance française de Toronto 24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

TCAF 2017: Two Panels about Comic Arts at the Alliance Française

When
May 11, 2017 | 6.30 & 7.30 PM
Where
Alliance française de Toronto
24 Spadina Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 2S7, Canada

Join us on the evening of May 11th at the Alliance française of Toronto for a comic arts night! Part of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, two panels, one in French and in English about heroines in comics, and one in English with European authors, will feature five comic book artists, from France to Italy, Germany and the UK.

6.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Heroines in Comic Arts

If female characters have always been portrayed in comic books, numerous have been for a long time pigeonholed in stereotyped roles, mirroring the society of their times. From the femme fatale to the lady of adventure trope and the graphic novels depicting their female authors and their everyday life, which place do the heroines hold nowadays in comic arts?

A discussion in French and in English with authors and illustrators James Albon and Sandrine Revel.
Moderated by Charlotte Groult, Book and Debates Officer for the Cultural Service of the French Embassy in Canada.

James Albon

James Albon is a British Illustrator living in Lyon, France. His clients include the Folio Society, The Guardian, the Wall Street Journal and WIRED. He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, went on to a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Drawing School in London, and was awarded the Gwen May award from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2012. Her Bark and Her Bite, James’ first graphic novel, was published last April in English.

Sandrine Revel

Sandrine Revel is the author of more than ten graphic novels published in French, as well as children’s comics. Her first book to be translated in English was published last December and is a graphic novel biography about Canadian pianist Glenn Gould. In Glenn Gould, A Life Off Tempo, Sandrine Revel dives into Gould’s life, to try to understand the eccentric personality behind the persona and the abrupt end of his career. Hey Jude!, her new comic book for kids and adults, set up in Toronto, was published in French in April 2017. Among other albums, she has also published: La Lesbienne invisible (2013), N'embrassez pas qui vous voulez (2012) with Marzena Sowa and Résurgences: Femmes en voie de resociabilisation (2010).

7.30 pm – 8.30 pm. EUNIC Panel

With authors and illustrators Paolo Bacilieri (Italy), Martina Schradi (Germany) and Marcelino Truong (France).
Moderated by Lars von Toerne, reporter for Der Tagesspiegel.

Paolo Bacilieri

Born in Verona in 1965, Paolo Bacilieri graduated from the Accademia di Belle Arte in Bologna. His works include Barokko, Durasagra and The Supermaso Attitude. He is also the creator of recurring character Zeno Porno, whose madcap adventures are collected in the books Zeno Porno and La Magnifica Desolazione. His recent graphic novels include Adiós Muchachos and Sweet Salgari. His latest graphic novel to be translated into English, Fun, is both a researched history and a playful literary crime story, that explores the strange power of crossword puzzle, one of the world’s most popular pastimes. He lives in Milan.

Martina Schradi

Martina Schradi is an artist and psychologist from Nuremberg, Germany. She studied Psychology and Design. In 2013, she launched the project, "Ach, so ist das?!" ("Oh, I see?!"), about LGBT themes, and which eventually became a book. For this work, Martina interviewed people, collected their stories and turned them into short comics based on their life events and experiences. She conducts workshops and readings on how to use her comics to fight prejudice, reflecting both her passion for art and activism.

Marcelino Truong

Born the son of a Vietnamese diplomat in the Philippines, Marcelino Truong and his family moved to America, and then to Vietnam at the outset of the war, before going to London and Paris. Such a Lovely Little War, his first graphic novel translated into English for now (Saigon calling will be released next September by Arsenal Pulp Press) is a graphic memoir about the early years of the Vietnam War, seen through the eyes of a young boy, where the turbulent national history is interwined with an equally traumatic familial one. Marcelino is also the author and illustrator of several children's books, published in French, such as La Carambole d'Or and Trois samouraïs sans foi ni loi, and published numerous press illustrations as well, in Libération, Marianne, ELLE and XXI.