Comics : Art & Enterprise Symposium
GSA Exhibitions

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Reid Auditorium, Reid Building, The Glasgow School of Art, 164 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G3 6RF


18 May 2016
13:30 - 16:30



Panel from ‘The Greens’, by Frank Quitely
Courtesy the artist

Comics : Art & Enterprise Symposium

Event info

Comics: Art & Enterprise Symposium
Wed 18 May 2016, 13:30-16:30
Reid Auditorium

Listen to the audio recording of the symposium here on Soundcloud:
<<<Comics Symposium - Part one>>>
<<<Comics Symposium - Part two>>>

Chaired by Jason Mathis, International Foundation Programme

A symposium with speakers Frank Quitely, Yishan Li, Sha Nazir and Jason Mathis.  We explore the medium of comics as part of the Avant Garde, looking at its structure and language, and the opportunities for enterprise and entrepreneurial activities within this exciting, innovative medium. While the conversation will be led by the speakers, active participation from the audience through questions and comments will be encouraged through the symposium.


13:30 Introduction

13:45 Panel discussion 1: The Art and Design of Comics. We will discuss the current state of the medium, what it is that makes a comic, and the links between comics, fine art, design, and popular culture.

14:30 Coffee break

14:45 Panel discussion 2: The opportunities for enterprise and entrepreneurial activities within this exciting, innovative medium. Looking at methods such as one-off, handmade books, folded and stapled photocopies, to on-demand printing and webcomics, the discussion will be about how to disseminate your work once it’s complete.

15:30 Q&A opening the discussion to the floor

Supported by:

The Anatomy of Employability: Articulating Graduate Capabilities for the Creative Arts project fund, awarded to GSA by the HEA. (The Higher Education Academy). 

The Glasgow School of Art Career Service

This event is free but ticketed. Please book via EVENTBRITE

Frank Quitely began his career writing and drawing strips for the independently-published Scottish humour anthology Electric Soup before finding his first professional work painting Western and Sci-Fi strips for the UK anthology The Judge Dredd Megazine. He then worked mostly for DC Comics on a variety of shorts, mini-series, ongoing titles, and original graphic novels, including All Star Superman and the creator-owned We3, and on Marvel's New-X-Men. He's currently finishing the creator-owned Jupiter's Legacy at Image Comics, and has several smaller creator-owned projects in the pipeline.

Yishan Li is a professional UK/Chinese manga artist currently living in Edinburgh, UK. You can see a list of her projects at www.liyishan.com. Yishan Li has been drawing since 1998 and has been published internationally including China, USA, France and the UK. She has worked for DC and Darkhorse and is the artist for the Buffy graphic novels coming out in June.

Sha Nazir is an illustrator and designer who has worked on a diverse range of books, from the critically acclaimed The Amazing Mr. Mackintosh through to Mega Penguin. As the publisher at BHP Comics he’s also responsible for releasing new Graphic Novels and Comics from industry legends like John Wagner to break out creators like Clare Forrest in addition to producing the successful Glasgow Comic Con, which last year saw over 10,000 attendees pass through the doors. He is the founding chair of SICBA, the Scottish Independent Comic Book Alliance. His first graphic novel Laptop Guy is to be released June 2016, and his newest book Comic Invention - which accompanies the Hunterian Art Gallery exhibition, Comic Invention: The World’s First Comic - is out now. You can see more at www.BHPcomics.com  

Jason Mathis is the Programme Leader for the Glasgow School of Art’s International Foundation. His own practice and research involves comics, having created and distributed his own work under the title ALL YOU CAN EAT, as well as working with local publishers in Glasgow on various projects. In 2013, he worked with Professor Ronan Deazley on the publication ‘Comics and Copyright’, and he plans on creating new issues of ALL YOU CAN EAT in the very near future.

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