FORA.tv Speaker - Paul Pope
Paul Pope's stories evoke poignant, under-explored aspects of youth culture.
A popular American cartoonist, Pope began working for Kodansha, Japan's biggest and best-known manga publisher, in 1995. He is currently the only American artist to have worked in Japan's manga industry over 5 years. Pope's latest graphic novel, Batman Year 100 (DC Comics), won Best Limited Series, and Pope himself was voted Best Writer/Artist at the 2007 Eisner Awards (the comics industry's equivalent of the Oscars). Pope's first major mongraph, PULPHOPE, debuted this summer and has been hailed by fans and critics alike.
Aside from comics, Pope has also worked briefly in film production (2008's now-in-haitus The Amazing Adventures Of Kavalier And Clay, from Paramount Pictures). He has created a number of original toy designs for New York-based Kid Robot which will appear in 2009. He has designed various rock'n'roll tour poster and/or album art for bands including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, White Stripes, and The Tea Party.
Pope has done a number of silkscreen prints, window designs, and store installations for Italian clothing company Diesel Industries, including one for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York. Additionally, Diesel comissioned Pope to create a special 10-color silkscreen as a 51st birthday present to Diesel's founder, Renzo Rosso. Pope is currently working on a very large multi-media installation for Diesel's Hollywood store, which debuts October 17th 2008.
09.27.07 | 01:18:46 min
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