Comics artists, academics, fans to converge on BACC for fest

Photo: Art Jeeno / Facebook
Photo: Art Jeeno / Facebook

Flip through the pages of American and Thai comic books and learn their storied histories at a two-day festival coming to the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

On the heels of a comics exhibition opening Tuesday, guest artists will be on hand May 14 and 15 at a nerd gathering where industry and academic speakers will discuss the art form.

May 14 will feature conversations about the history of Thai and American newspaper comics led by a Chulalongkorn University professor and the editor of newspaper comics publisher Sunday Press Books, respectively. South East Asian publishers will sit for a roundtable on the state of the industry.

Learn how to make comics at a workshop taught by award-winning Thai manga artist Jeeno (Juice), and then participate in a live drawing of panels for a large comic book page.

As for the exhibition, see works by featured artists, as well as a Belgian installation on its influence in comics, as well as the premiere of a documentary on Southeast Asian comics by Taiwan-based publisher Slowork Publishing. It begins Tuesday and ends May 22.

On May 15, attendees can chat with their favorite artists at their respective booths.

Expected Thai illustrators include Apichat Rodwathanakul, Jod 8 Riew, Namsai Khaobor, Nirut Chamsuwan, Songwit Seakitikul, and Tode Kosumphisai, as well as Bangkok-based artists Jonathan Scott, Bkk Unzine founder Sketchman Boris, and Stephane Peray.

The event is organized by online magazine BKK Unzine and SEA Junction. 

BKK Comics Art Festival
10am-7pm, May 14-15
Bangkok Art and Culture Centre
Meeting Room 501 and Hall, 5th Floor

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