APRIL / MAY 2017
29 April – 1 May FANCON ComicCon – Cape Town
Saturday 29 April
THE REPRESENTATION OF WOMEN IN COMICS
We take a look at the changing representation of women in mainstream comics, how female characters have traditionally been portrayed by both male and female writers and artists, and the recent growth and expansion of female characters in comics, either heading their own titles, or providing strong leads and positive role models. The panelists offer their insight into this topic from their unique vantage points : Lauren Beukes has written strong female characters as leads or prominent characters in almost all of her comics writing ( Fairest Hidden Kingdom, Survivors Club ); Laura Braga’s art has featured female characters prominently ( Witchblade, DC Comics Bombshells ); and Ron Marz has written an extensive run on Witchblade, and has also written one of the most infamous storylines in superhero comics, which spawned the comic book trope, “women in refrigerators”.
BREAKING INTO INTERNATIONAL COMICS
Lauren Beukes, Dale Halvorsen and Sean Izaakse are local comics creators who have successfully broken into the international comics scene, getting regular work from some of the top international publishers including DC, Marvel and Vertigo. Izaakse has recently worked on Deadpool, Avengers, and Thunderbolts for Marvel, Beukes wrote Fables-spin-off, Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom for Vertigo and with her co-creator Dale Halvorsen pitched the original horror series, Survivors’ Club, to Vertigo. They discuss how they made the initial break into working for these top publishers, and their experiences collaborating with well- respected writers and artists.
Sunday 30 April
WRITING DUO : THE COMICS OF LAUREN BEUKES AND DALE HALVORSEN
4pm – 5pm ( panel room )
Best-selling novelist and writer, Lauren Beukes, and award-winning cover designer, Dale Halvorsen, have established themselves as a collaborative writing team on a variety of comics. The writing team made their debut on a short story for DC Vertigo, and made a gory splash with their stylish horror series, Survivors’ Club, for Vertigo. Beukes and Halvorsen’s next collab is a contribution to the landmark 2000AD 40th Anniversary Special, to be released in April. The team discuss the creative process behind their work and gives us a peak into the influences on their particular brand of horror fiction.
SIGNING: LAUREN BEUKES & DALE HALVORSEN
5pm-6pm Signing Area
13 May 2017 Kingsmead Book Fair – Johannesburg
12-12.30 Create-A-Critter Arts & Crafts Studio (All ages)
Lauren Beukes, award-winning, best-selling author of books such as The Shining Girls, began her career in kids’ animation. Create your own magical character such as The Blumpf or the Oogle!
All materials provided.
4.15-5pm Alternate Worlds – De Villiers Block
Graphic novels are growing in popularity in South Africa, with fans drawn to fantastical settings and sharp stories. Lauren Beukes (Fairest), Loyiso Mkize (Kwezi) and Alan Knott-Craig (So You Want To Be A Hero), let their imaginations run free with Blaque Magazine’s Monwabisi Thethe.
16 May 2017 Keynote at ITWeb Security Summit – Johannesburg
South African Book Fair
Open Book Festival, Cape Town