Tag: comics and politics

Team Bean

beans_1More Canadian political comics – this time in the form of a satirical take on the upcoming election. Beans sets the Canadian federal election campaign in a posh school, where all the politicians are students competing in the upcoming Student Council elections. There’s a kickstarter to help fund the project, but if you’re in Canada and want to help Beans out on the street, then there are ways you can do that, too. It’s political comics inspiring political activism.

They’re only a few strips into their projected 31-strip run, so it’s hard to see exactly where Team Bean are headed – or who they’re audience is. Do political comics need to be aimed at a local audience in order to work? Or can you make comic-based political commentary (even about specific, local issues) accessible to a broad, non-local audience? If so, how?

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AppComNet at Comics Forum 2015: Comics & Politics

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Applied Comics Network is super-mega-very delighted to host a session at the Comics Forum 2015 conference as part of Thought Bubble.  Click the image above to go to the Comics Forum website and download it as a PDF.

Comics Forum’s theme this year is ‘comics and politics’ and they’re inviting a range of interpretations of this theme.  We at AppComNet are hosting a session on the politics of comics that communicate specific information, and the use of comics in education.  Again, this is a theme that welcomes many different points of view.

Comics Forum is a friendly academic conference.  Within this, our AppComNet session welcomes proposals from both comics creators and comics scholars – anyone who works with comics and graphic narrative.

We have some plans for the format of our AppComNet session at Comics Forum but this all depends on the proposals we receive. This could include the following (but no promises until we receive your proposals!):

  • a talking-and-slides presentation about comics you’ve created, or how you’ve used comics created by other people
  • mini workshops on activism and education through comics
  • a show’n’tell of comics you’ve created – do you make comics with specific political content?  Or is it the process of making your comics that says something about politics?
  • a comics-making challenge activity for Comics Forum participants
  • panel discussions on a theme
  • …or something completely different.

The closing date for proposals is 30th July 2015. Please email your proposal to comicsforum (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk

If you’d like a quick chat before putting in your proposal, twitter is the best way to get in touch: @appcomnet.  For queries about the conference as a whole please contact comicsforum (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk