It’s Q&A time again! In the second half of 2014, we’ve got an incredible line-up of books by new & classic Jonathan Cape illustrators. Nina Bunjevac’s Fatherland, is an autobiographical graphic novel about terrorism, family and Serbia’s dark history.
What was the first comic you wrote?
Opportunity Presents Itself, a 24-page novella based on Kafka’s America, which follows the adventures of Selma, a beauty-school graduate from the Balkans who travels to North America in pursuit of the American dream.
Cometting isn’t what it used to be.
Comiket - aka the Independent Comics Market - will be taking place at The British Library this Saturday. Of course, us Jonathan Cape-rs will be there so make sure you come along, browse our wares and say hello.
There’ll also be a Cavalcade of Crazy Cartoonists drawing live throughout the afternoon in The Fabulous Drawing Parade, and a special appearance from radiomaru. On the Cape front, S. J. Harris, author of the wonderful Eustace, will be signing books too.
It’s on at The British Library, from 10:30 am until 4:30pm. Entry is free so there’s no excuse not to come.
23 Female Cartoonists On Drawing Their Bodies -
Nina Bunjevac started her art training in Yugoslavia, at the Djordje Krstic School for applied arts; in 1990 she moved to Toronto, Canada, where she continued her studies in art at the Art Centre of Central Technical School. In 1997 she graduated from OCAD in the Drawing and Painting department.
Formerly a painter and a sculptor, Nina found her calling in sequential arts, a form that seemed to naturally evolve out of the narrative component in her sculpture installation work. Pen and ink became the medium of choice. Her comic strips were published in a number of international anthologies of graphic fiction and literary magazines all over the world: her debut, Heartless, was published in 2012.
What was the inspiration for your book, Fatherland?
My family (particularly the women) and the history of the Balkans. The story of my family is a story of two opposing factions, paternal: royalist and nationalist, and maternal: Titoist, socialist. Somehow, sandwiched in between, I have managed to find my own path.
Fatherland by Nina Bunjevac is published by Jonathan Cape on 28 August.
Random page from a random book: The Property, Rutu Modan, p. 59
You’ve probably heard of the Eisner Awards by now and if not, suffice to say they’re about as high as you can get in the comics world.
So you’ll understand why we’re over the moon at the news that The Property by Rutu Modan just scooped the Best New Graphic Novel award this past weekend. Hurrah!
Writing in the Observer, Rachel Cooke said, ”I know it’s only July, but I feel certain this will end up being my graphic novel of the year. Modan has it all. Her drawings are fantastically expressive, with the result that her characters are as many-layered as those you’ll find among the pages of a traditional novel. She is witty and wise, cool-headed in a world of feverish opinions. Most impressive of all, though, is her technique when it comes to matters of pace and deep emotion.”
Read more about The Property here.