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Ian Horton - Living the Dream (24 Hr Comic)

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posted on 2020-06-29, 09:27 authored by Ian HortonIan Horton

Living the Dream employs the character Konijntje vanme Man to consider the impact lockdown had on a devoted comic book fan, lecturer and family man. Konijntje vanme Man was originally used in comic book form to create a narrative for Thierry Chessum’s PhD thesis Graphic Interrogation in Psychosocial Research: Deleuze and Comics and Middle-aged Men in which Thierry used comic books created by middle-aged men to elicit discussion of their relationships. Living the Dream takes images from the comic created for Thierry and repurposes them to explore the use of collage and ‘self-swiping’ as part of my current research into notions of style and cultural history in evaluating the work of Jack Kirby from an art-historical perspective.



Ian Horton is a Reader in Graphic Communication at the University of the Arts London. He is associate editor of the Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics and his research is focused on comic books, graphic design and illustration. His book Hard Werken: One for All (Graphic Art & Design 1979–1994) [co-authored with Bettina Furnee] is the first academic study of this influential avant-garde Dutch graphic design studio and was published by Valiz in 2018. In 2014, along with Lydia Wysocki (Applied Comics Etc) and John Swogger (archaeological illustrator and comic book artist), he founded the Applied Comics Network.