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Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival unveils programming slate

Table for table, the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, now prepping for its third outing, is my favorite alternative comic con. Now it’s announced the programming and panels for its Saturday, December 3rd show, and the line-up’s unsurprisingly impressive. Highlights include spotlight panels on EC Comics/MAD Magazine artist Jack Davis and Diary of a Teenage Girl author Phoebe Gloeckner; Daybreak‘s Brian Ralph in conversation with Powr Mastrs‘ CF (moderated by Tom Spurgeon); and Asterios Polyp‘s David Mazzucchelli in conversation with author/editor/designer Chip Kidd (moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos).

In addition, BCGF-affiliated satellite events include music performances by CF, Paper Rad’s Jacob Ciocci, and Gary Panter; a film festival featuring trashy Eurocinema based on comics by the likes of Guido Crepax and experimental animation curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart; and a live performance of mixed-media pieces by Ben Katchor, R. Sikoryak, Matthew Thurber and more. In other words, you’ve got a full weekend ahead of you if you want.

Find the full list of programming after the jump.

PROGRAMMING
Saturday, December 3: Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Programming
at Union Pool / 484 Union Avenue # A, Brooklyn / FREE and open to the public
1:30 JACK DAVIS Q+A

Legendary cartoonist Jack Davis made his mark producing horror and war stories for EC Comics, before finding his métier in satire as one of the original (and longest running) artists for MAD Magazine. As a prolific illustrator, Davis defined the caricatural style of the 1960s and 1970s—and beyond. In this rare public appearance, Davis will discuss his career with Fantagraphics co-publisher Gary Groth and illustrator Drew Friedman.

2:30 GESTURAL AESTHETICS

As comics have evolved beyond their commercial roots toward more individualistic modes of expression, they have been infused with new influences from other fields of art including printmaking, collage and painting. Additionally, new printing technologies have permitted the reproduction of artwork that more closely shows the work of an artist’s hand. Austin English, Dunja Jankovic and Frank Santoro will discuss new aesthetics in comics with moderator Bill Kartalopoulos.

3:30 CHIP KIDD AND DAVID MAZZUCCHELLI: COMICS BY DESIGN

Join book designer, comics editor and author Chip Kidd and acclaimed cartoonist David Mazzucchelli for a discussion about the relationship between comics and design. The pair will consider the iconicity of comics characters, visual montage, page layout, and the material properties of the book in this conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos.

4:30 – 5:00: BREAK

5:00 PHOEBE GLOECKNER: A LIFE AND OTHER STORIES

Phoebe Gloeckner has combined breathtaking drawing with sensitive attention to the ecstacies and tribulations of adolescent girlhood in books including A Child’s Life and Other Stories and The Diary of a Teenage Girl. Her brave and moving body of work has made her one of the most admired cartoonists of her generation. Gloeckner will discuss her work and her current long-term project, about the murders of women in Ciudad Juárez, with Paris Review managing editor Nicole Rudick.

6:00 THE LANGUAGE IN COMICS

The recent embrace of graphic novels by the publishing industry has led to misguided attempts to evaluate comics according to the standards and conventions of literary fiction. The writing in comics occupies a more peculiar place, with its own constraints and opportunities. John Porcellino, Gabrielle Bell, and David Sandlin will discuss the particular demands of writing within a visually-driven form in this conversation moderated by novelist Myla Goldberg.

7:00 C.F. and BRIAN RALPH IN CONVERSATION

C.F. and Brian Ralph both emerged from the revolutionary art and comics scene that flourished in New England throughout the 1990s, radiating outward from the Fort Thunder artists’ space in Providence, RI and incorporating a network of friendships, influences, and collaborations. Both artists are now producing the strongest work of their careers, engaging fantasy and adventure as modes for personal expression. The two will discuss their work with moderator Tom Spurgeon.

SATELLITE EVENTS

Friday, December 2: Drawing Pop Culture: The Art of Jack Davis
6:00 – 8:00 pm / Scott Eder Gallery, 18 Bridge St. #2-i, Brooklyn
In celebration of Jack Davis’ first major monograph, Drawing Pop Culture, we present an exhibition of original art spanning a half century of the artist’s work. Davis will be in attendance at this opening reception. Exhibition runs through January.

Friday, December 2: The BCGF Rock ‘n Roll Review
9:00 pm at Union Pool / 484 Union Avenue # A, Brooklyn / $5 cover
An explosion of sound and vision from Extreme Animals (featuring Jacob Ciocci of Paper Rad), Mark Lord (aka CF), and Devin, Gary & Ross (featuring animator Devin Flynn and artist Gary Panter). With interstitial video projection by Peter Burr (Hooliganship, Cartune Xprez).

Thursday, December 1 — Sunday, December 4
The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival Film Series
presented at Spectacle Theater / 124 South 3rd St., Brooklyn

The Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival and Spectacle Theater present a weekend of surreal, sensationalistic and flat-out sensational comics-themed and animated double features. Thursday and Friday we proudly present “Eurocomics Psychocinema,” featuring lurid cinema classics based on European comics of the 1960s and 1970s.  On Saturday and Sunday we’ll screen the “BCGF Animation Showcase,” presenting a panoply of contemporary experimental shorts and historical masterworks, with live musical accompaniment.

Thursday, December 1: Eurocomics Psychocinema: Master Kriminals
Double feature, $8 total price

7:30: KiLiNK Istanbul’da (Yilmaz Atadeniz dir., 1967)
In 1962  Angela and Luciana Giussani created the Italian super-criminal Diabolik, a villainous comic book protagonist who scoffed at the law in superb style. Legions of imitators followed, including Kriminal, a cold blooded master thief in a skull-faced body stocking, who was in turn ripped off in the photo-comics series Killing. Turkish filmmaker Yilmaz Atadeniz extended the chain of bootleged influence one link further, directing a trilogy of freewheeling black and white features starring KiLiNK, now a skeletoid Turkish master criminal with an eye for the dames and a thirst for world domination. In this first film of the series, KiLiNK faces off against the equally unauthorized do-gooder antagonist “Superhero,” a beefy mash-up of Superman, Shazam and the Phantom.

9:30: Danger: Diabolik (Mara Bava dir., 1968)
The diabolical one who started it all comes to life in Mario Bava’s stylish, candy colored cult classic. Bava, best known as the horror director who launched the giallo genre, here effectively recreates the skewed compositions and deep-focused perspective of the pulpy adventure comics from which Diabolik sprang. John Philip Law (who in that same year also appeared in the similarly comics-derived Barbarella) brings the criminal mastermind to life as a lithe, cool customer, melting only under the influence of his purring girlfriend and accomplice, Eva Kant (Melissa Mel). Clips from this film were used to great effect in the Beastie Boys’ 1998 video “Body Movin.’”

Friday, December 2: Eurocomics Psychocinema: Cinema Crepax
Double feature, $8 total price

7:30: Baba Yaga (Corrado Farina dir., 1973)
In 1965 cartoonist Guido Crepax created his signature character Valentina in the pages of Linus magazine. Indebted to cinema, his adventurous photographer bore the notorious jet black bob of early film siren Louis Brooks, and over the years her increasingly erotic adventures turned towards sadomasochistic surrealism. Crepax executed an intense fragmentation of the comics page, mimicking the erotic flicker of the eye and inducing heightened attention to sensual form and feeling. Farina’s 1973 film channels the decadent, opiated tone of Crepax’s work and evokes his sequential aesthetic with rapid-fire, high-contrast images. The film co-stars Carrol Baker (who gained notoriety in Elia Kazan’s Baby Doll) as the titular witchy woman who increasingly gains control over Valentina’s dream — and waking — life.

9:30: Col Cuore in Gola (Tinto Brass dir., 1967)
Before he gained fame as the director of erotic films including Paprika, Cosí fan Tuti, and the notorious (and infamously troubled) production Caligula, Tinto Brass directed this thriller, based on the giallo pulp novel of the same name. Setting his film in swinging London and firmly under the sway of Antonioni’s Blow-Up (released the previous year, and name-checked in the film), Brass hired Crepax to storyboard the film and provide Pop Art imagery that appears throughout. This mod, moody thriller is notable for following Crepax’s intensive storyboards with great fidelity, using quick-cuts and split-screens to mimic the experience of reading the artist’s intensively sliced-up comics pages.

Saturday, December 3: BCGF Animation Showcase
Double feature, $8 total price

7:30: Selections from the 2011 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart

Originating in Chicago, Eyeworks focuses on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. This special 83-minute program will showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives. Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Full list of featured shorts:
Nicolas Mahler – Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Paul Rayment – Piano 2:00, 2010
Eric Dyer – The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
Jesse McManus – Macavity 3:00, 2011
Mike Maryniuk – Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008
Johan Rijpma – Tape Generations 2:30, 2011
Zeitguised – Peripetics 3:20, 2009
Atsushi Wada – In A Pig’s Eye, 10:00, 2010
Peter Larsson – Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010
Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010
Stefan Gruber – Both Worlds 10:00, 2011
Max Hattler – AANAATT 4:45, 2010
Dalibor Barić – Pain so light that appears as tickle 4:05, 2010
Bill Porter – On Time Off 4:21, 2008
Bendik Kaltenborn – The End 10:00, 2008

9:30: The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) with live music by Chips and Salsa

This very special program will include a screening of Berthold Bartosch’s short animated film The Idea, based upon the eponymous woodcut novel by Belgian printmaker Frans Masereel. Bartosch’s film features a mixture of techniques, including stop motion animation and various optical effects. Bartosch learned many of these methods as an assistant to pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for creating the first still-extant animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Based on Araban Nights fairy tales, Prince Achmed features Reiniger’s distinctive, elaborately jointed cut paper silhouette animation, enhanced with mesmerizing abstract effects and sumptuous dyed film stock in a variety of saturated hues. The international multi-instrumentalist duo Chips and Salsa will provide live musical accompaniment to these stunning and rare animated films.

Sunday, December 4: BCGF Animation Showcase
Double feature, $8 total price

7:30: Selections from the 2011 Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Curated by Lilli Carré and Alexander Stewart

Originating in Chicago, Eyeworks focuses on abstract animation and unconventional character animation. This special 83-minute program will showcase a range of animation techniques, including paper cutouts, stop-motion, 3D computer animation, and a wide variety of hand-drawn methods. The content of the films is even more varied, and includes cosmic abstraction, psychedelic characters, geometric patterning, and surrealistic narratives. Eyeworks celebrates animated moving images that express unusual vision, unusual approaches, and unusual style.

Full list of featured shorts:
Nicolas Mahler – Mystery Music 5:00, 2009
Paul Rayment – Piano 2:00, 2010
Eric Dyer – The Bellows March 5:30, 2009
Jesse McManus – Macavity 3:00, 2011
Mike Maryniuk – Tattoo Step 1:11, 2008
Johan Rijpma – Tape Generations 2:30, 2011
Zeitguised – Peripetics 3:20, 2009
Atsushi Wada – In A Pig’s Eye, 10:00, 2010
Peter Larsson – Seven Days in the Woods 6:00, 2010
Niki Lindroth von Bahr – Tord and Tord 10:44, 2010
Stefan Gruber – Both Worlds 10:00, 2011
Max Hattler – AANAATT 4:45, 2010
Dalibor Barić – Pain so light that appears as tickle 4:05, 2010
Bill Porter – On Time Off 4:21, 2008
Bendik Kaltenborn – The End 10:00, 2008

9:30: The Idea (dir. Berthold Bartosch, 1932) and The Adventures of Prince Achmed (dir. Lotte Reiniger, 1926) with live music by Chips and Salsa
This very special program will include a screening of Berthold Bartosch’s short animated film The Idea, based upon the eponymous woodcut novel by Belgian printmaker Frans Masereel. Bartosch’s film features a mixture of techniques, including stop motion animation and various optical effects. Bartosch learned many of these methods as an assistant to pioneering animator Lotte Reiniger, best known for creating the first still-extant animated feature film The Adventures of Prince Achmed. Based on Araban Nights fairy tales, Prince Achmed features Reiniger’s distinctive, elaborately jointed cut paper silhouette animation, enhanced with mesmerizing abstract effects and sumptuous dyed film stock in a variety of saturated hues. The international multi-instrumentalist duo Chips and Salsa will provide live musical accompaniment to these stunning and rare animated films.

Sunday, December 4: Pictures and Performance: A Melodrama
3:00 pm at the Brick Theater / 575 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn / FREE
Are static, two dimensional picture sequences and live, three dimensional performance pieces irreconcilable media, or are they actually star-crossed lovers, desperately longing for a reunion following centuries of tragic separation? Join us for a special afternoon of mixed-media pieces by Peter Burr, Juliacks, Bill Kartalopoulos, Ben Katchor, Shana Moulton, R. Sikoryak and Matthew Thurber, presented in a framework suggested by Josef Franz van Goez’s Lenardo und Blandine, an 18th century German melodrama that was visually transcribed to create — the first graphic novel?

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