My talk with Philippe Dupuy and Charles Berberian at Housing Works Bookstore was a huge success. The only downside was that Philippe and Charles were on such a whirlwind visit that I barely got to chat with them after our onstage chat…
Here’s a photo taken for me by Isaac Cates, who also wrote up the event on his blog (that’s Charles on the right and Philippe in the middle):
You can also find a few more photos at the Drawn & Quarterly website (where you can see just how big the turnout was), and possibly soon at The Beat.
I was really happy Philippe and Charles were both game for reading excerpts of their work. I was talking afterwards with Bob Sikoryak, who regularly hosts a comics slide show/readings series called Carousel and we agreed that although it’s far from the ideal way to experience comics, there is definitely something to be learned by looking at a projection while the author reads the text. It’s great to be able to talk about specific ways that the artists make comics–for instance, the way Philippe did a “mash-up” his autobio comic and the Monsieur Jean book he was working on at the time (from Maybe Later):
or the way the duo use extended visual metaphors in their work (from Get a Life):
Last but not least, the event was recorded by an NPR producer as part of a segment he is pitching on graphic novels. I’ll post here if that piece gets aired in the next few weeks.