Earlier this month Hillary Chute, author of Graphic Women: Life Narratives and Contemporary Comics participated on a panel at the Philoctetes Center with Lynda Barry, N.C. Christopher Couch, Ben Katchor, and Françoise Mouly on the art of the graphic novel.
The panelists discusses such issues as why is there such enthusiasm about comics in our current moment, and where is the form headed? What can this intricate, double-tracked narrative form, composed of words and images, bring to journalism, or to memoir, or to the art of fiction? How are politics and aesthetics intertwined in comics, and how are popular and so-called high cultures melded in the form?
Here is the video: