Is there alchemy to making life graphic? If so, what exactly are the ingredients? Does making life graphic have the power to enchant and transform? And what is animating the creative mind of one of the most renowned graphic artists and writers of today? To answer these questions, the Fisher Center Series focused on Animation welcomes its final fall lecturer, acclaimed graphic novelist David Mack. The writer and graphic artist will deliver his lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the Geneva Room.
During his lecture, Mack will read from his latest Kabuki novel, “The Alchemy,” and speak on graphic art more broadly. Reflecting on his own process as artist and writer, Mack will explore graphic art storytelling as “a sequential art fused in a multi-media crucible of imagination, history, culture, personal stories, passions, desires, mythologies, and wonder about who one is and if one can “evolve into something beyond…original programming.”
Regarded as re-imagining comic book art and storytelling, Mack’s Kabuki series takes readers into an underworld of secret societies and government operatives as it draws on Japanese culture and history to extend the metaphor of masks and gender performance to questions of humanity and the “fragility of perceived reality.”
Best known for his creator-owned project, Kabuki, (published first by Image Comics and now by Marvel’s ICON imprint), Mack’s work has enjoyed international acclaim for its innovative storytelling, painting techniques and page design; the series is now under screen adaptation. Mack has also written and drawn Daredevil for Marvel Comics, authored the children’s book “The Shy Creatures,” and is currently adapting sci-fi author Philip K. Dick’s books to graphic novels for Marvel.
Mack’s work has garnered nominations for Eagle, Eisner and Harvey Awards, among others, and he’s designed toys and packaging for companies in Hong Kong, created ad campaigns for Sakura art materials and illustrated jazz and rock albums for Japanese and American labels and musicians such as Paul McCartney.
On the day prior to his Fisher Center Series lecture (Nov. 18) at 7:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room, there will be a showing of “The Alchemy of Art,” a 2007 documentary on Mack and his works.
From noon until 3 p.m. on the day following his lecture (Nov. 20) in the Fisher Center, Mack will hold a creativity workshop titled, The Alchemy of Art – Artistic License.