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Cartoons, Comics and Caricatures Symposium

Cartoons, Comics and Caricatures Symposium

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When:

  • Sat 3 May ’14, 9:00am – 5:00pm

Where:

The University of Auckland Music Theatre, 6 Symonds Street, Auckland CBD Show map

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission

Evidence or ephemera?

The one-day event at the University of Auckland will bring together both local and international experts and enthusiasts, to discuss the place of cartoons, comics and caricatures as an artistic medium. It will also look at the genre’s significance as historical evidence of specific time, people and place.

The keynote speaker is New Zealand-born Alan Moir, who is the editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald. The winner of numerous awards, his work is syndicated worldwide by the New York Times, and extensively held in major public and private collections. In his opening lecture The Pointed Pen he will discuss his profession, how political cartooning is at the heart of freedom of the press, and why some cartoons carry so much power and the ability to comment on the vital issues of the day.

Programme outline:
Welcome and Keynote Address

9am-10.15am - Nancy November: Welcome Alan Moir: ‘The Pointed Pen’

Session I: Panel on Cartoons

10.30am-11am - Melinda Johnston (via Skype): ‘An introduction to reading cartoons’
11am-12noon - Ian Grant: ‘Cartoons that don’t paint a pretty picture’
12noon-1pm - Paul Diamond: ‘Representations of Maori and Maori cultural motifs in cartoons 1930 to 1990’

Session II: Music Caricatures and Cartoons

2pm-2.45pm - Concert featuring James Tibbles, historic keyboards
2.45pm-3.15pm - Aleisha Ward: ‘No Use Crying Over Spilt Pianos: The 1950s Jazz Concerts and the Grand Piano Controversy’

Session III: Panel on Comics
3.30pm-4pm - Aiden Ranford: ‘Distancing comics from storyboarding’
4pm-4.30pm - Sondra Bacharach: ‘Learning from Images: The ethics of representing women in comics and cartoons’
4.30pm-5pm - Neal Curtis: ‘Time Frames: Picturing past and present in comics’

About the speakers:
Australian cartoonist and scholar Alan Moir
Melinda Johnson, Research Librarian, Cartoons, Alexander Turnbull Library
Ian F. Grant, Founder of the NZ Cartoon Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library and cartoon historian
Paul Diamond, Curator, Maori, Alexander Turnbull Library
Aleisha Ward, School of Music, University of Auckland.

The panel on comics will feature:
Aiden Ranford
Senior Lecturer Sondra Bacharach, Victoria University
Associate Professor Neal Curtis, Film, Television and Media Studies, University of Auckland.

Admission is free, but registration is essential. RSVP to Nancy November, email n.november@auckland.ac.nz

Proudly supported by the Cartoon Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library.

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