Knox Presbyterian Church120 Lisgar Street (at Elgin)

Banned in Canada
with Howard Chaykin

Hosted by The Ottawa Citizen’s Kate Heartfield
"Art is meant to be challenging and the best art challenges you in ways you never thought you could be challenged. Chaykin’s use of sexuality and violence is shocking, but it’s not being done for shock value.
— Ron Richards, ifanboy.com
Howard Chaykin

Join us for a conversation with legendary writer and artist Howard Chaykin , whose pioneering work on American Flagg! , a stunning hybrid of jazz, pulp adventure, science fiction and political satire, set the stage for more mature themes in american comic books and paved the way for work like Alan Moore’s Watchmen and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns .   


In 1988, Chaykin created Black Kiss, a 12-issue series which contained his most explicit depictions of sex and violence yet. The story of vampires in Hollywood, Black Kiss pushed the boundaries of what could be shown in mainstream comics. More than two decades later his follow up, Black Kiss 2, was stopped at the border in Canada and the United Kingdom.   


Don’t miss the conversation on creative freedom, the limits of free speech, and the place of sex and violence in art, with one of America’s most influential and controversial creators.


Special thanks to the U.S. Department of State and the Embassy of the United States in Canada for supporting the participation of American writers during the Spring Edition.


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