The ninety-ninth meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8 pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public. Please note 8pm starting time.
Presentations: Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet
Yvan Alagbé and Dominique Goblet will discuss their careers and their most recent work in a conversation moderated by Bill Kartalopoulos (Series Editor, The Best American Comics).
Yvan Alagbé (France) and Dominique Goblet (Belgium) are key and influential figures in the development of contemporary Francophone comics. Alagbé co-founded the French publishing house Éditions Amok, and Goblet was an early contributor to Frigorevue, the flagship anthology of the Brussels-based publisher Fréon. The two publishers later merged to form Frémok, which continues to publish work by both of these artists and to advocate for ever more sophisticated explorations of comics form.
Alagbé’s own work, rendered in ink and wash, expresses in both harsh lines and soft tones his clear-eyed, penetrating narratives of mysterious desire and explosive cultural conflict, evident in his celebrated Nègres jaunes et autres créatures imaginaires and in his most recent book, École de la misère. Goblet has produced a challenging body of work that questions the distinctions between fiction and autobiography, and between narrative comics and poetic image-making. Her latest book, Plus si Entente, was produced collaboratively with German cartoonist Kai Pfeiffer.