The power of the pen

Interested in cartoons as an artistic medium? Then head along to Cartoons, Comics and Caricatures: Evidence or Ephemera? in Auckland next month.

cartoons comics and caricatures symposium auckland ​Interested in cartoons as an artistic medium? Then head along to Cartoons, Comics and Caricatures: Evidence or Ephemera? in Auckland next month.

The event will bring together both local and international experts and enthusiasts and look at the genre’s significance as historical evidence of specific time, people and place.

The keynote speaker is New Zealand-born Alan Moir, editorial cartoonist for the Sydney Morning Herald. The winner of numerous awards, his work is syndicated worldwide by the New York Times, and 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.

Other speakers include:

Paul Diamond (Curator, Maori, Alexander Turnbull Library): Representations of Māori and Māori cultural motifs in cartoons 1930 to 1990. 

Ian F. Grant (Founder of the NZ Cartoon Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library and cartoon historian): Cartoons that don’t paint a pretty picture.

Melinda Johnston (Research Librarian Cartoons, Alexander Turnbull Library): An introduction to reading cartoons.

Aleisha Ward (School of Music, University of Auckland): No use crying over spilt pianos: The 1950s jazz concerts and the grand piano controversy.

The panel on comics will feature:

Aiden Ranford: Distancing comics from storyboarding.

Senior Lecturer Sondra Bacharach (Philosophy, Victoria University): Learning from images: The ethics of representing women in comics and cartoons.

Associate Professor Neal Curtis (Film, Television and Media Studies, University of Auckland): Time frames: Picturing past and present in comics.

Admission is free but places are limited. RSVP to Dr Nancy November at n.november@auckland.ac.nz

When: Saturday May 3 (9am-5pm)

Where: Music Theatre, School of Music, 6 Symonds Street, University of Auckland