Hope is a wobbly line: on the visual poetry of comics

An illustrated lecture from award-winning cartoonist Dylan Horrocks.

Hope is a wobbly line: on the visual poetry of comics

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Event type: Public Lectures

6 July 2018 from 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm 6th Jul 2018 4:00pm 6th Jul 2018 5:00pm

The Stout Research Centre, 12 Waiteata Road, Victoria University Kelburn campus

Comics are a language made of images and words - a language with many dialects, idioms, and individual voices. In this colourfully illustrated lecture, local cartoonist and 2018 Victoria University Creative New Zealand Writer in Residence Dylan Horrocks will share the work of some of his favourites and dig deep into the rich and complex visual poetry of comics: from the intimate physicality of drawings to the mysterious magic of a story heard through the eyes. A visual spectacle awaits every reader! Examples will be shown.

All welcome but seats are limited, so prompt arrival is recommended.

2018 Writer in Residence Dylan Horrocks. (Credit: Grant Maiden Photography)

Dylan Horrocks is the author of the graphic novels Hicksville, Sam Zabel & the Magic Pen and Incomplete Works and the comic book series Pickle and Atlas. He has written Hunter: the Age of Magic for Vertigo and Batgirl for DC Comics, and his stories and cartoons have appeared in magazines and books around the world, with translations into French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Danish, Polish and Korean. Hicksville was ranked #12 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels of All Time.

He  has won a Will Eisner Comics Industry Award, a Sir Julius Vogel Award and a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate. He is the first graphic novelist to be awarded the Residency at Victoria, which is based at the International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML). He is currently working on his next book: a graphic novel about playing Dungeons & Dragons. He is our first guest in the IIML's 2018 Writers on Mondays series, beginning 16 July, where he will present a tour of his work through words and pictures, including a sneak preview of the graphic-novel-in-progress.