Esther McManus, Danny Noble, Zara Slattery and Jess Taylor have been selected from a longlist of nominated comics artists as finalists for the first AFFA in Comics. The recipient of the £10,000 award will be announced at the Arts Foundation Futures Awards on the 27th January at the ICA where all runners-up will also receive £1,000 awards towards their practice. The award was judged by three revered comics artists Woodrow Phoenix, Hannah Berry and John Allison who said; "The four finalists all draw from different schools of cartooning, but each exemplifies the greatest strength of good comics - the easy communication of complex ideas."
The four finalists will be talking about their work with Comics Laureate Hannah Berry at a special event on Saturday 19th October at 12.00. Tickets are £5 and can be booked here.
Comics are easily one of the most vibrant and inventive areas of the arts in the UK today, with both the breadth of work produced and the forums created around growing exponentially over the last fifteen years. Talking about the award, Hannah Berry, comics laureate and a judge for this year ‘s award noted;
‘The medium is still woefully underrepresented in terms of funding and support, and limited opportunities mean that very rarely can creators afford to get a foothold and take their work to the next level. The Arts Foundation Fellowship is a crucial lifeline, offering not only the financial support artists need but the motivation of having such a prestigious organisation in their corner.’
The four finalists will be celebrated at the Cartoon Museum as The AFFA in Comics 2020 will take over the ‘In-Focus’ section of the gallery from the 18th Oct – 1st Dec featuring both original and printed work.
It is our great pleasure to have Jessica Martin as our next display in our In Focus box.
Jessica has had a wide ranging career, star of stage and screen, and now graphic novels.
Jessica has graced the boards of West end stages in musicals like Me and My Girl and Elf. Used her acting chops in Doctor Who is Mags - a punk werewolf - and leant her voice acting to Spitting Image.
Jessica has recently published her graphic memoir Life Drawing: Life Under Lights that takes you on a journey from her early life though her career and how she ended up making her way in the world of Graphic Novels. The display is made up of her original drawings from Life Under Lights as well as ephemera from thoughtout her life.
The In Focus space is a small display within the gallery that can be used for smaller displays that we can change as often as we like.
To celebrate Pride and the release of her new book Girls Guide to Sensible Footwear, our opening In Focus display is Kate Charlesworth, curated by our Front of House and Retail Manager Alison Brown.
The display starts with how Kate works and plans things out, it’s not often you seen how an artist plans out what to do. Then some pieces from the pages of the book, a little potted ephemera history including Kates Leather Jacket with badges. Finishing off the display with Agony Dyke with Auntie Studs Kate’s cartoon alter-ego.