A Mancster Reviews: R.I.O.T. and the Narrative of Comics

By Florence Okoye

It’s not everyday you get invited to see a new show in Liverpool but one of the things I’ve learned since starting MancsterCon is that it’s surprising how often the not everyday occurs.

Panic Lab, a performing arts company, known for their fusion of contemporary dance, theatre and performance, were putting on a show called R.I.O.T., described as a comic book come to life with a dash of political commentary thrown in. Excited, I wasn’t ever likely to refuse and so once the tedious bit of organising my schedule had been done, I was all set for an evening about which I had absolutely no idea would turn out.

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An Interview with Jem Perks, creator of Keter

jempIt’s time to catch up with yet another local comic creator! Currently finishing a Masters at Manchester Metropolitan University, Jem first discovered MancsterCon through the monthly Cosplay Sketch-off events and has been thoroughly indoctrinated since then. As well as exhibiting at this years’ MancsterCon, Jem has been busy helping us out with publicity (you may have seen some of his neon pink flyers dotted around Manchester already) and has even written an article for this site. We got a chance to talk with him about his latest project, a post apocalyptic sci-fi comic called Keter.

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A Mancster down South: Comics Unmasked at the British Library. (4 of 4)

Breakdowns: The Outer Limits of Comics.
This section focusses on something I’ve never really considered; the role of magic in British comics. With some of the biggest names in the industry being practising magicians it makes sense though. A lineage from opiate use in Victorian dream comics, to astral-horror writer Lovecraft to modern day comics writers like Alan Moore is presented, providing a timeline of altered states being studied in fiction. To finish off the exhibition, the future of comics and crossovers into other media are also looked at.

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