October 1, 2016
4th "ComixStudies" conference:
The diversity of comics forms
The "ComixStudies" project starts its autumn session. The fourth "ComixStudies" conference will take place in the Comics Library of Saint Petersburg on October 1, 2016 with support from the "Boomfest" festival. This time our theme is "The diversity of comics forms".

What functions does (or did) a particular comics form have? What are its "reading conditions"? Why do certain comics forms become forgotten and antother ones stay and prosper? What is the key difference between one comics form and the other, what are their similarities? What do we expect from comics forms of the distant and recent past, and what opportunities do comics forms have in the digital age? We invite the participants of the "ComixStudies" to discuss these and other exciting questions and to determine what the comics form is not only on as a matter of art but also as a matter of writing, which is potentially available to everyone. The kind of writing which we should study and learn.

We are very proud that on the 4th "ComixStudies" there would be the meet-the-artist-session with Alexey Nikitin. The author of " The Kharmsiad", "Zoshcenko's short stories", "Britolz", and "The life of Chernyshevskiy", who enriched Russian comics. This year he celebrates 20 years anniversary of his comics work. It is a significant amount of time and it has a deep meaning for the history of Russian comics. During our event you will be able to ask A. Nikitin about his art and his creative career.

Address of the event:
Comics Library of Saint Petersburg, 7th Krasnoarmeyskaya str., 30.

Timing: October 1, 2016 (12:30 - 20:00)


Speakers
Developing Comics Studies in Russia
Alexey Pavlovskiy
Founder of the "ComixStudies" project
"The diversity of comics forms: comics culture and society"
Julia Tarasyuk
Curator of the Comics Library of Saint Petersburg
"How do comics become video games: visual novels in modern Japan".
Dmitry Yakovlev
"Boomfest" organizer, "Boomkniga" publisher
Alexey Nikitin
Comicsman
From "The Kharmsiad" to modern days: 20 years of comics work. Meet-the-artist-session with Alexey Nikitin.
Irina Antanasievich
DLitt, University of Belgrade
"The place of the "Chizh" and "Yozh" magazines in the failed history of Soviet comics"
Julia Veretnova
Independent researcher
"Special features, creators, and consumers of the old believer's lubok".
Daniil Pleshak
SPbSU
"Remezov chronicle (the end of the XVII c.). Between illuminated chronicle and comics".
Dmitry Tretyakov
EEPI
"Slide film as a form of public comics", "Comics as a time construct"
Ilya Sergeev
Independent researcher
"Slide films: the most Soviet, the most comics ".
Viktor Osminin
HSE SPb
"American superhoro comics (1930-80s) in the cultural and historical context of the American history"
Natalia Osipova
The candidate of Philological Sciences
"Russian graphic novel: the birth of the genre"
Boris Romanov
EUSP, the "Respect" project
"Comics by the kids from orphanages"
Conference schedule
Saturday, October 1, 2016 (12:30 - 20:00)
12:30 - Registration
13:00 – Introductory part

Welcome speech of the organizers A.F. Pavlovskiy (ComixStudies), J.B.Tarasyuk (curator of the Comics Library of Saint Petersburg), D. Yakovlev ("Boomfest" organizer, "Boomkniga" publishers).

A.F. Pavlovskiy (EU SPb) "The diversity of comics forms: comics culture and society".

13:30 - Workshop №1. «Flashback: Russian comics forms of the XVI-XX centuries».

D.G. Pleshak (SPbSU) "Remezov chronicle (the end of the XVII c.). Between illuminated chronicle and comics".

The article dwells upon the Remexov chronicle, which is a Russian chronicle compiled in the late of the 17th century. It compiles text and images to tell about Yermak's conquest of Siberia. Despite the obvious interest of researches previously it was studied only as a literary work without any specific consideration of the visual component. The aim of the article is to improve this and to the visual narrative of "the Cronicle", to establish the trends of the Russian culture which led to its emerging, and to relate the chronicle of Remezov, the famous cartographer of Siberia, with contemporary comics.

J.V. Veretnova (independent researcher). Special features, creators, and consumers of the old believer's lubok.

I. Antanasievich (DLitt, University of Belgrade). The place of the "Chizh" and "Yozh" magazines in the failed history of Soviet comics.

The author of the "Russian comics of the Yugoslavia kingdom" monograph and "Russian classics in pictures" will tell about one of the unexplored in the history of Russian comics. The comics of B. Antonovskiy, N. Oleynikov, B. Malahovskiy, D. Kharms which were published in the "Chizh" and "Yozh" magazines in 1930s.

D.V. Tretyakov (EEPI) Slide film as a form of public comics.

Slide films are the (unique?) Soviet way of the comics form's transformation. The experience of our childhood. The experience which connects agitprop, political education, fairy tale, novel and lubok into one public-private unification of people around the projection machine. Your (and their) own little movie. Your (and their) own little story. The experience of change between the frames transfers from imaginary personal concept into public experience.

I.V. Sergeev (independent researcher) "Slide films: the most Soviet, the most comics ".

"Drawn comics have always been closely related to cinematography and to animation in particular. But only in Soviet Union happened something amazing like "comics on film", namely the slide films. During the lecture of Ilya Sergeev you wiil be able to not only listen about slide films but also to see them and the projection machines as well as recently published comic books based on the Soviet slide films.

15:00 - Refreshment break

15:30 - Workshop №2. «Outlook in the future». Comics forms in the XX-XXI centuries.

V.E. Osminin (HSE SPb) American superhoro comics (1930-80s) in the cultural and historical context of the American history".

The paper is about the development of the American superhero genre from its birth to the mid-80s and about the influence of the historical environment on the comics' content. The concept of "the American comics being anew mythology" is applied to the superhero comics. The author of the article will pay attention to the question of the mythology's significance in modern days, to the special features of the myth in comics. And also the author will introduce the methodology for the semiotic research of the modern mythical hero.

J.B. Tarasyuk (Comics Library of Saint Petersburg) "How do comics become video games: visual novels in modern Japan".

VN (visual novel) is a format of video games which is very popular in Japan but is new in Russia. Why it is so closely related to comics and why some of the visual novels can be classified as interactive comics? These questions will be considered in the context of the "Danganronpa" series, "Arcana famiglia" and others.

D.V. Tretyakov (EEPI) Comics as a time construct.

From the abstract: "Suppression cannot be tenable. And comics from time to time spill serious things. Like memory, for example. Other art forms (except for museum) do not even have technical means to represent the picture of the human's memory development and thus of the time perception as well. Comics not only even can do this but use it on a regular basis. Memory is symbolic but humans see it in their imagination. Comics deal with forms in the same manner connecting them by narrative inside itself".

N.V. Osipova (the candidate of Philological Sciences).Russian graphic novel: the birth of the genre.

The paper is dedicated to the graphic novel genre, which starts to dominate in Russia and in the rest of the world. The article is based on the writing experience of "The case about the overcoat" based on the Gogol's short story in collaboration with the artist Evgenia Avinova. The creation of "The case about the overcoat" is the interpretation of text into image. There will be thirteen pages on the slides analyzed in the context of the translation from verbal language into visual language. The relation between the original Gogol's story and the new text of "The cases about the overcoat" is a subject of semiotic understanging not from the historical point but from the point of postmodern combination and overlapping of different times and languages.

17:30 - Refreshment break.

18:00 – Workshop №3. "Here and Now": Comics forms in a practical aspect.

From "The Kharmsiad" to modern days: 20 years of comics work. Meet-the-artist-session with Alexey Nikitin

Comics by the kids from orphanages. Presentation by Boris Romanov, the member of the "Respect" project.

20:00 – closing of the 4th "ComixStudies. The diversity of comics forms" conference.

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