I am pleased to share that my new book, The Lockdown Chronicles. A Comic Strip Quarantine, will be released on print on 1st November and is available to pre-order now.
Published originally on this blog during the early days of the pandemic, The Lockdown Chronicles is series of comic strips I made made reusing freely-available, openly-licensed or public domain items from news sources, digital collections and open data resources. The series documents and comments on the Covid-19 Pandemic from a UK perspective.
This edition brings together the first 40 strips in print for the first time, and includes a preface by Professor Martin Paul Eve.
This book is the result of the convergence of many of my interests: digital research methdologies, reuse of openly or freely available digital cultural heritage resources, documentation, online publishing, conceptual design, and, dare I say it, comic strips.
To celebrate its release in codex format, we will be hosting an online event on Tuesday the 2nd of November 2021 at 7pm GMT. Tickets are free, but registration is required. You can register here.
The event will comprise of a panel including fellow scholars along with Dr Paddy Johnston from comics publisher and distributor Good Comics for a panel discussion on comics and quarantine along with a toast to the book.
- Professor Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London
- Dr Anna Feigenbaum, University of Bournemouth
- Dr Paddy Johnston, Good Comics
- Francisco de la Mora, Symbola Comics
- Dr Natalia Pérez, University of Southern California
- and moi
As many of you will know, November the 2nd is Mexican Day of the Dead. As a Mexican, this is a deeply significant day for me- a day for reflection and remembrance, to celebrate heritage, our shared past, and the lasting legacy of the departed, their influence on our present and our future.
It would be lovely to see you at the online event if you can make it.
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