Cartoonists in Conversation: Adam Griffiths and Kendra & Kat

Join cartoonist Adam Griffiths and creative duo Kendra + Kat for a live comics reading and discussion of storytelling, community, and collaboration in comics. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery.

Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics.

About the artists

Adam Griffiths is a cartoonist, illustrator, artist living in Takoma Park, MD, just outside of Washington, D.C. He earned a BA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004. Adam’s work has been exhibited around DC at transformer, Flashpoint Gallery, The Fridge, Hillyer Art Space, International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), Pleasant Plains Workshop, Rhizome DC, School 33, and Washington Project for the Arts (WPA).

Kendra & Kat have been making comics together for 8 years, and plotting over cupcakes far longer. With comics and zines that run the gamut from queer space pirate shenanigans to illustrated cookbooks inspired by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, they are driven by sparkles and fun. Their work has been featured in anthologies such as Coven and Purity, and they’ve been a staple in the DC-area comic scene since tabling at DC Zinefest back in 2012.

“Cartoonists in Conversation: Malaka Gharib + Athena Naylor” and Opening Reception

THURSDAY, NOV. 21, 4:00PM
Fenwick Library Reading Room (2001)

Join cartoonists Malaka Gharib and Athena Naylor for a discussion of autobiography and personal storytelling in comics. Moderated by Christopher Kardambikis (Asst. Professor, Printmaking), this conversation is presented as part of the exhibition D(C)MV Comics, currently on view in Fenwick Gallery, and will be recorded for the podcast series Paper Cuts.

A light opening reception will follow in Fenwick Gallery from 5:00-7:00 P.M.  Learn more about this exhibition and related events at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics. 

About the artists

Malaka Gharib is an artist and writer based in Washington, D.C. She is the author of I Was Their American Dream: A Graphic Memoir, about being first generation Filipino Egyptian American. She is a journalist on NPR’s science desk, covering global health and development. Malaka is the founder of the D.C. Art Book Fair and a food zine called The Runcible Spoon. In her free time, she likes drawing comics and making zines, and her work has been featured in The NibCatapultThe New York TimesThe Washington Post and The New York Times Style Magazine

Athena Naylor is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Washington, D.C, originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She specializes in autobiographical comics and illustration. She also specializes in being a giant nerd. Athena received a Master’s in Art History from The George Washington University in 2017 and, unsurprisingly, wrote her thesis on comics.

Opening this week: “D(C)MV Comics: Community, Process, Publishing”

D(C)MV Comics features six cartoonists and comics artists from the greater Washington D.C. area: Malaka Gharib, Adam Griffiths, Kendra & Kat, Athena Naylor, and Anna Sellheim. These artists open up their practice to demystify the comics production process, while also demonstrating the expansive potential of comics storytelling: from the personal and poetic to the fabulist and futuristic, from memoir to space pirates and back again. While published comics are included in this exhibition, the entire lifespan of a comic work is examined, from development sketches and scripts to final artwork and pages.

Learn more at https://fenwickgallery.gmu.edu/exhibits/dcmv-comics/