Drawn to the Big Screen: Comic Book Artists on Their Cinematic Influences.
Kremena Dimitrova is an illustrator-as-historian, storyteller, lecturer in Visual Culture and a practice-based researcher in Visualising History. Her commissions often involve working with archives and collections and using a mixture of creative approaches such as walking, character development, humour, rhymes and images to bring hidden and marginalised narratives to life.
We are delighted that Kremena has selected SIN CITY to start our season, she will be introducing the film and also showing some of her work beforehand.
SIN CITY: the town beckons the tough, the corrupt and the brokenhearted. Some call it dark... Hard-boiled. Then there are those who call it home -- Crooked cops, sexy dames, desperate vigilantes. Some are seeking revenge, others lust after redemption, and then there are those hoping for a little of both. A universe of unlikely and reluctant heroes still trying to do the right thing in a city that refuses to care.
Kremena's film selection is the first in a series of films No6 will be screening films that have been selected by local comic book artists and are devoted to exploring the vibrant creative links between comics and film. Epic and spectacular, introspective and taboo-breaking - cinema and comics have enjoyed a long, mutually enriching and lucrative relationship over the years. If much discussion continues to revolve around Hollywood's thirst for the next spandex-clad crusader, "comic book films" are hardly uniform in their approach to theme, narrative and character, offering as diverse an array of representations as the source materials that inspire them. And the relationship goes both ways. From noir fictions to political dramas, our invited artists discuss the impact cinema had upon their own creative work and upon comic books in general.
Other films in this series will probably be: FAR OUT ISN'T FAR ENOUGH; THE TOMI UNGERER STORY, DICK TRACY, WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT and possibly THE DRAUGHTMAN'S CONTRACT...all tbc!