The final Spilt Ink event before the summer will focus on the acclaimed comic book Black Hole by cult American author Charles Burns, recently published in Slovenian by Stripburger.
The comic book tells the story of a strange disease, a mysterious infection spreading among teenagers in Seattle in the 19790s and causing unusual mutations of the body. In this dark, multilayered masterpiece with a highly expressive artistic style, Burns plays around with horror, romantic and crime/noir comic book cliches, laying out a story of growing up and alienation, full of symbols and metaphors, that transcends genres.
The multi-genre aspect of Black Hole, as well as the limits, pitfalls and outlook of genres in comic books and contemporary popular culture, will be discussed by comic book translator and Stripburger editorial office member Bojan Albahari and Igor Harb, film critic, publicist and one of the authors of the O.B.O.D. (S.H.I.E.L.D.) podcast.
The discussion will also feature readings from the comic book, performed by Radio Študent hosts.
Comic book: Charles Burns: Black Hole (Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana, 2021)
Voices: Nejc Bahor, Pia Nikolič; sound effects: Luka Seliškar (Radio Študent)
Spilt Ink is a series of (online) lectures and discussions about comics with experts and fans of this artistic discipline, in preparation for the 2021 edition of the Tinta comics festival at Kino Šiška in October.
Organizacija: Kino Šiška, Stripburger/Forum Ljubljana in Radio Študent.