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Graphics & Beyond: Ganzeer in Conversation with Saladin Ahmed
Date: August 18, 2021
Celebrate the release of Issue 05 of The Solar Grid with author and illustrator Ganzeer and Eisner Award-winning author Saladin Ahmed.
About the Event
A world partially buried under water, a nexus of politicians and corporations seeking to monetize an existential moment, a species looking to relocate to another planet, and an unequal society hell-bent on deciding who gets to live and who doesn’t—The Solar Grid by Ganzeer is truly the most essential graphic series of our time.
On August 18, the mythical world of The Solar Grid will come to a rip-roaring cliffhanger with Issue 05, the final of the ten-issue graphic series for this year. To celebrate the occasion, we have two of the finest minds and creators of comics working today—Saladin Ahmed, Eisner Award-winning author of Black Bolt, and Ganzeer, artist extraordinaire and creator of The Solar Grid. Both artists have produced prolific works of political graphic fiction.
During this virtual event, the audience will have the opportunity to hear Ganzeer share his favorite passages from the first five issues of The Solar Grid, Saladin Ahmed and Ganzeer discuss the state of contemporary graphic narratives and the responsibility of political question, and field questions to the creators about their work.
What’s more? Attendees who subscribe to The Solar Grid will have the chance to scoop up a very special gift.
Please register for this event via Eventbrite.
About the Speakers
Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit. His fiction has been anthologized by George RR Martin, performed by LeVar Burton, and cited in the Dungeons and Dragons Player’s Handbook. His novel Throne of the Crescent Moon, praised by NPR as ‘Lord of the Rings meets the Arab Spring,’ was nominated for the Hugo, Nebula, and British Fantasy Awards, and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. Black Bolt, a collaboration with Christian Ward that tackled incarceration and cosmic power in the Marvel Universe, won the Eisner Award for Best New Series. Abbott, a collaboration with Sami Kivela about journalism and horror, was nominated for the Bram Stoker award. Saladin is currently working on Miles Morales: Spider Man for Marvel, Batman Unburied for DC, and Dragon, a creator-owned collaboration with Dave Acosta about Dracula and the Ottoman Empire.
Described as a “chameleon” in The New York Times, Ganzeer operates seamlessly between art, design, and storytelling, creating what he has coined Concept Pop. His art is regularly exhibited in museums and galleries around the world and he is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities. His sci-fi graphic novel The Solar Grid, published in serialized form by Radix Media, has earned him a Global Thinker Award from Foreign Policy.
More at ganzeer.com.
You can purchase the first four issues of The Solar Grid or subscribe to the entire series.
Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection: Publishing Zines As Community Practice
Date: August 20
Opening Up the Paper Cuts Collection is a series of three discussions between creators whose publications are featured in the Paper Cuts Zine Collection, now housed at the Center for Book Arts. Each event explores a different area of the Collection’s focus and builds connections between creators within the expansive contemporary small press community.
In advance of each event, publication documentation and previous podcast recordings featuring our panel participants will be made available on the CBA website. The event pages will offer deeper context of the artists’ practices as well as provide a greater insight into the new collection. Panelists include: Adriana Yvette Monsalve, Eric Von Haynes, Sarah Lopez, Nicholas Hurd, & Christopher Kardambikis.
Paper Cuts was founded as a podcast in 2015 by Christopher Kardambikis and in 2019 Jennifer Lillis joined as co-producer.
About the Panel
Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis, this conversation will elaborate on the ways in which the zine is a site for gathering, leveraging community ties and idea exchanges across expansive geographies. Each panelist will discuss how their practices are in service to their larger communities, and have become support tools across movements and struggles.
Note: Center for Book Arts will hold this event entirely online. A Zoom link will be sent in an email to all registrants. Please register via the Center for Book Arts website.
Podcast Recordings, hosted by Christopher Kardambikis:
About the Curator
Christopher Kardambikis explores space, process, and narrative through books, prints, and drawings. A bibliophile and zinester, Christopher founded Paper Cuts, a podcast and publishing platform that documents the contemporary world of zines and artist publications, as an excuse to talk to people about the books they make. He received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and MFA from the University of California, San Diego. In the fall of 2016, Christopher joined the faculty at George Mason University as an Assistant Professor and the Director of Navigation Press.
About Paper Cuts
Paper Cuts is multi-faceted effort to document contemporary publishing practices. It is a podcast, a publishing platform, and a growing collection of zines, artist books, prints, and publications.