English Literature

Under the Influence of Comics: a public lecture by Paul Karasik

The School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) at the University of Edinburgh is delighted to welcome you to a free public lecture by Paul Karasik.

In this illustrated lecture, Karasik will reveal the secret language of comics through an entertaining, broad-ranging survey of his creative work, showing how his reading of comics shaped his making of comics.

Under the Influence of Comics will include a one-hour lecture and a Q&A with the speaker (6-7:30pm), followed by a wine reception (7:30-8:30pm).

The event is free but booking is required.

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About Paul Karasik

Former Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly’s RAW magazine, Paul Karasik co-created (with David Mazzuchelli) “City of Glass”, a graphic adaptation of one of the novels in Paul Auster’s New York Trilogy. It was named by The Comics Journal as one of the “Best Comics of the 20th Century” and has been translated in over 20 editions worldwide.

With his sister, Judy, he created “The Ride Together, a Memoir of Autism in the Family”, winner of the Autism Society of America’s “Best Literary Work of the Year”.

Karasik is a cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, and was the co-editor of “Masters of American Comics”, the coffee-table companion catalogue to the first major American exhibition of comics, co-sponsored by the Hammer and MOCCA Museums.

His anthology celebrating forgotten comics visionary, Fletcher Hanks, received an Eisner Award, the highest honor in the field. His second Eisner Award was earned for “How To Read Nancy”, a scholarly book about the language of comics co-written with Mark Newgarden.

Mr Karasik has taught and lectured at the Rhode Island School of Design, the School of Visual Arts in New York City, Princeton University, The Center for Cartoon Studies, the Scuola di Comics Internazionale in Italy, The Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark, and the EESI school in Angouleme, France.

Image © Paul Karasik & Ivy Ashe

Paul has a kind of intelligence combined with earnestness that comes from someplace deep not a recipe book. He is very, very, very intelligent.

Art Spiegelman, Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, “MAUS: A Survivor’s Tale”.

Studying the Graphic Novel at LLC

During his visit to Edinburgh, Paul will be involved in a number of activities with students and staff in LLC, including interviews with student writers and journalists, a workshop with our Comics Praxis research group, and a “City of Glass” seminar with students on ‘The Graphic Novel: Narrative in Sequential Art’. Taught by Dr Michelle Keown, this course features work by graphic novelists from the US, Canada, Latin America, the UK and the Pacific, with attention to specific regional subgenres, as well as the thematic content and formal properties of individual graphic narratives. It is open to students on our MSc programmes in English Literature, including Creative Writing, and other students in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. There is also an undergraduate option.

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Mar 25 2019 -

Under the Influence of Comics: a public lecture by Paul Karasik

An illustrated lecture revealing the secret language of comics by renowned New Yorker cartoonist, editor, memoirist and scholar Paul Karasik.

Lecture Theatre G.03
50 George Square
Edinburgh
EH8 9LH