Cult Fiction: Art and Comics

Cult Fiction: Art and Comics


By (author) Paul Gravett, By (author) Emma Mahony, By (author) Kim Pace

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  • Publisher: Hayward Gallery Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 240mm x 338mm x 12mm | 640g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2007
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1853322601
  • ISBN 13: 9781853322600
  • Illustrations note: 130
  • Sales rank: 769,328

Product description

Cult fiction explores the reciprocal relationship between comics and art, foregrounding links between the two genres where current social and political issues are aired in frank visual narratives.The comic artists and graphic novelists represented here are mainly from the generation of independent author-draughtsmen, whose subject matter tends to be offbeat and transgressive - and sometimes controversial. For Julie Doucet and Debbie Drechsler 'real life issues', approached in autobiographical styles, supplant moralistic tales of good and evil. The true realities of life within a war zone are sensitively charted in Joe Sacco's Palestine, while everyday characters become unlikely heroes in the stories of Daniel Clowes and R. Crumb.An essay by Paul Gravert illuminates the long-standing love affair between fine art and comics, while Hayward Curator, Emma Mahony sets the contemporary context in her introductory essay. A specially commissioned picture-essay by Kim L. Pace, together with drawn self-portraits and questionnaires by the contributing artists, make this a unique publication.

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Author information

Paul Gravett is a London-based writer and curator who has worked in comics publishing and promotion for over twenty years. He is the founder of ESCAPE Magazine, and writes a monthly article on comics appearing in the UK magazine COMICS INTERNATIONAL. He has written for various periodicals including The Guardian, The Comics Journal, Comic Art, Comics International, Time Out, The Daily Telegraph and Dazed & Confused.

Table of contents

Foreword and acknowledgements (Ralph Rugoff, Roger Malbert) Curatorial Preface (Kim L. Pace) An Introduction to Cult Fiction (Emma Mahony) Intimate & Strange Situations (Paul Gravett) Artists' Pages List of Works Artists' Questionnaires (each artist is given 5 questions to complete)