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Saturday, October 15 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Graphic Nonfiction: Telling the Story with Words and Pictures

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Drawings have been used to great effect by artists like Francisco Goya to describe history and, especially, the horrors of war. Much later, powerful comics like Art Spiegelman’s Maus transformed our view of what is possible for graphic nonfiction. Hillary Chute, the foremost scholar of the form, delves deeply into the history of graphic narrative as well as modern nonfiction comics and comics journalism in her revelatory Disaster Drawn: Visual Witness, Comics, and Documentary Form. Sarah Glidden’s graphic Rolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq, describes how she and her journalist friends traveled through the Middle East exploring the effects of the Iraq War. Library Journal’s starred review calls this work “quiet but challenging, plain yet beautiful” and praises Glidden’s “skillful, sensitive reportage.” The two authors will give presentations on their work before they field questions from the audience. Moderated by Alexander Danner, author of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present.

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Alexander Danner

Alexander Danner is a writer, teacher, and co-creator / producer of Greater Boston, a serial audio drama. His fiction has appeared in the Saturday Evening Post, Event: Poetry & Prose, and Fantasy Scroll Magazine, as well as in the anthologies Machine of Death and The Girl at the End... Read More →

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Hillary Chute

Hillary Chute is a leading expert on comics whose scholarship aims to provide understanding of comics’ merged visual/graphic language as a literary form. A professor of English and art, media, and design at Northeastern, Chute was a visiting professor in English at Harvard for the... Read More →
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Sarah Glidden

Sarah Glidden is a cartoonist and illustrator whose work centers on nonfiction reporting and acts as visual witness, appearing in various newspapers and magazines. After studying painting at Boston University in 2006, she self-published the first few chapters of what would become... Read More →

Saturday October 15, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT
Old South Sanctuary