War in Comics Opening Gala

Friday, June 8, 2018 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
Canadian Forces Station, 102 The Boulevard

The WAR IN COMICS Exhibition Opening Gala is an all ages event (June 8, 2018 7-10pm). Four national and international cartoonists to speak about creating historical fictional and non-fictional comic books about war: Scott Chantler, Jason Lutes, Wallace Ryan, and Paul Tucker. Speaker panel, reception with refreshments, book table and signing.

The exhibition will cover WW1 to Vietnam, and along with the previously mentioned artists the exhibtion will also feature the work of Miriam Katin and Joe Sacco. 

How to Get Involved: Please pick up a FREE ticket to the event from the Arts and Culture Centre. Submit one name per ticket. For example, if picking up two tickets please list the name for each ticket, not just a group name. Please bring your ticket and government-issued photo identification to the Canadian Forces Station St. John’s on June 8 to join our commemoratioin.

More Info about the War in Comics Exhibition: June 8 - July 1, 2018

The “War in Comics” Exhibition envisions an interactive program that allows people of all ages to engage with the question: How is history created? For the people of St. John’s, NL, personal and family histories collide with world history in deeply affecting ways that continue to shape the present and future identity of Newfoundland and her peoples. This exhibition uncovers how stories, documents, photographs, personal and public archives are integrated into popular forms of storytelling-practices such as the comics medium. The field of comics scholarship and reader engagement has been burgeoning over the past three decades, as contemporary generations turn to new ways of understanding and representing their personal and shared histories. Scholars suggest that the fragmentary nature of the comics form is perhaps best suited to capturing the broken rhythms of warfare. The comics medium, in particular, owes its historical readership and publication to war culture, as these publications became a popular way of understanding the events surrounding WW1 and WW2. Comics were even used for educating soldiers from all different backgrounds during training. This exhibition hopes to engage the public with questions surrounding the various ways of representing, remembering, and documenting war, and the archival processes that these practices rely upon.

The War in Comics Exhibition is put on in partnership between Memorial University's Department of English and the Royal Newfoundland Regiment Museum. War in Comics gratefully recognizes the support of Scholarship in the Arts, the Memorial Public Engagement Accelerator Fund, and WW100. 

All events are free to attend.

For further information please contact: Andrew Loman at aloman@mun.ca