CINE EXCESS GETS GRAPHIC IN BRIGHTON
POOR ANGRY WHITE KIDS: ACTION EXCESS AND THE CULT UNIVERSE OF PAT MILLS Saturday 14th November venue: University of Brighton time: 12pm
Violence in comics debate with Martin Barker, Pat Mills and Jim McCarthy
The 9th annual Cine Excess international festival turns its focus on the world of graphic novels for the first time with a special panel discussion on violence in comics featuring Professor Martin Barker, comic book writer and editor Pat Mills (Judge Dredd, Charley’s War) and 2000AD artist Jim McCarthy. The event takes place on Saturday 14th November at 12pm in the University of Brighton Grand Parade Building.
With particular focus on the ground-breaking Action Comics and 2000AD which Pat Mills created and edited, the panel will also discuss his work in relation to wider social trends and tensions in British society during the 1970s and 1980s. Other graphic novel writers and artists are expected to be in attendance too. Pat Mills will also be presented with a Cine Excess Lifetime Achievement Award.
Professor Martin Barker is emeritus professor in film and television at Aberystwyth University. He has written widely on censorship and comics, most significantly in the seminal books ‘A HAUNT OF FEARS: THE STRANGE HISTORY OF BRITISH HORROR COMICS CAMPAIGN’ and ‘ACTION – THE STORY OF A VIOLENT COMIC’. Pat Mills is best known for his powerful World War I series, Charley’s War as well as writing many popular characters for 2000AD (Judge Dredd, Nemesis the Warlock , Sláine) . Sussex-based Jim McCarthy drew Bad Company and Bix Barton for 2000AD, but has also written and drawn Godspeed: The Curt Cobain Graphic and Sex Pistols: The Graphic Novel.
Launched in 1976 under Mills’ editorship, Action Comic’s brand of violent storytelling revolutionised British comics, with characters such as Hook Jaw, Dredger, Hellman of Hammer Force and Kids Rule OK proving popular with readers at the same time they generated considerable notoriety. Campaigning from Mary Whitehouse and criticism on BBC’s Nationwide led to a temporary halt in publication when one issue was completely pulped.
The Martin Barker and Pat Mills panel discussion is part of the annual Cine-Excess cult film conference. This year’s theme is ‘Historical Trauma, Hysterical Texts, Cult Film in Times of Crisis’, which is complimented by a range of tie in screenings, including the UK theatrical première of the new Canadian cannibal film, Feed the Devil (2014) directed by Max Perrier.
Cine Excess 2015 runs 12th – 14th November. Delegates passes for the full event cost £100/£60 (concessions), with a special screening pass priced £10/£5 (concessions).
Full details of Cine Excess public events and screenings will be released at the end of October. www.cine-excess.co.uk