19 February, 10:30-17:00, TENT Witte de Withstraat 50, Rotterdam
It verges on tautology to state that comic art and caricature overlap. The idioms in which graphic novelists tell their stories always contain traits of satirical, humorous oeuvres that came into being in the early days of the medium, with bits and pieces from Busch, Kelly, Saint Ogan or whomever you consider to be one of the influential masters. The world – and everything in it – as depicted in a piece of comic art is therefore, to a certain degree, unavoidably hyperbolic, ironic and unscientific: Disney, not Doré... At the same time: lust is no joke. Or is it? In the 19th century the French writer George Sand sternly wrote: ‘Sex is the most respectable and holy thing in all creation, the most serious act in life.’ We may laugh out loud to the endless double entendres in sitcoms, but once engaged in our own erotic acts, we get dead serious. But what happens when you read a ‘dirty’ comic? Is it funny? And if it is, can it still make you horny? Considering the popularity of Tijuana Bibles in the 1930s and of pornographic Hentai cartoons – which get more internet searches in the US than Marvel! – at the moment, there is an insatiable hunger for caricatured sex.
On Saturday 19th February, Extra Extra – hosted by TENT Rotterdam – will present a workshop programme devoted to the urban, erotic dimensions of graphic novels. Guided by expert graphic novelists, during two workshops and a lecture, you’ll get the chance to actively develop your personal and professional skills in writing and drawing respectively. Topics are broad: for example, you will learn how to write and draw autobiographically in a playful way, as well as how to bring a true-to-life story onto the page and screen.
The lecture and workshops are taught in English and will take place at the venue of TENT Rotterdam, located at Witte de Withstraat 50. However, if you don’t feel confident in English our host is there to assist. Tickets can be purchased separately for the workshop and lecture as well as for the full programme.
Tickets: €35,00 – 2 Workshops + Lecture + Lunch
€25,00 – 1 Workshop + Lecture + Lunch
€7,50 – Lecture