Independent Publishing as Art: Streaming Live

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05/20/2015 | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Alliance Française Mpls/St Paul

Free and open to the public!

Alliance Française hosts a fascinating live stream from Albertine Bookstore in New York City, featuring renowned independent comic book publishers Jean-Christophe Menu and Bill Kartalopoulos.

For more than twenty years, Jean-Christophe Menu has been a vital force in French comics publishing, both as an author of autobiographical comics and as a publisher. In 1990 he co-founded the seminal independent publishing house L’Association, which has published important, internationally-recognized work by artists including Marjane Satrapi, David B., and many more. In 2011 he founded a new independent publishing house, L’Apocalypse, dedicated to tracing the relationships between comics and other art forms. Throughout, he has militantly defended the integrity of independent publishing.

In this special discussion with Best American Comics series editor Bill Kartalopoulos, Menu will discuss his own work as an artist and a publisher, the legacy of publishing that has inspired him, and the ethics of independent production.

Following the discussion, local artists Anders Nilsen and Tom Kaczynski will be on hand to discuss their experiences working with French cartoonists in translation and in PFC’s structured, experimental collaborations, and show some examples of the resulting artwork.

Tom Kaczynski is the author of Beta Testing the Apocalypse and the publisher of Uncivilized Books, based in Minneapolis. In 2014 Uncivilized released the English translation of renowned French artist David B’s Incidents in the Night, which was nominated for an LA Times Book Award that year, and is currently working on a translation of Pascin, by Joann Sfar. Kaczynski also was a participant in the Pierre Feuille Ciseaux artist residency at MCAD in 2013.

Anders Nilsen is the award winning author of numerous graphic novels and story collections including Big Questions, The End, Rage of Poseidon and the forthcoming Poetry is Useless. He is also a primary organizer of Pierre Feuille Ciseaux, a comics artist residency founded in France in 2009 and being held at MCAD in Minneapolis for the second time in August, 2015.

Call 612 332 0436 for more information.


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227 Colfax Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Tel: 612 332 0436

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