A post-ACAF, very sleepy, Amanda & Dr. Paul are joined by comic book writer Andrew Constant for a chat about Mission Impossible, Star Trek: Discovery, Tarantino films, the Dundee movie/advertising revelations, & the Deadpool/Cable movie trailer!
Join Amanda and Dr Paul for the weekly top-voted news, coming to you from the secret portfolio room at the Australia Comic Arts Festival in Canberra. Joined by fellow pop culture enthusiasts, creators, and good mates – Christian Read (Writer, Gestalt Comics), Glenn Ford (Editor, Frew Publications), & Robbie Miles (Producer, Mythmaker Media). Much fun! Continue reading “Ep. 7 – 10 Feb 18 ~ Pop Culture News w/ACAF Guests”
9-11 February 2018, Canberra
ACAF is about comics, comic artists, comic writers, comic fans and any one wanting to be involved in comics! Learn about the industry, techniques and honing your craft, publishing and how to get published, how to pitch and so much more. Even better, come and see your favourite Australian Comics Artists in the flesh.
The ACAF program features an Academic Conference, Documentary Screening, a series of Professional Development Workshops and Masterclasses, Drawing Room with experienced comic artists as Wandering Mentors, Portfolio Reviews, Artists Alley, Panels, and a Launch Pad Cocktail Function to see all things new in Comics. Continue reading “Australian Comic Arts Festival 2018 Info/Schedule/Guests”
The wonderful staff at the National Library of Australia have outdone themselves with this fantastic write-up of the Australian Comic Arts festival last Feburary. Although the library I work in has an extensive graphic novel collection, it is not often that I have the opportunity to interact with fellow librarians who share my intense passion for the medium. Finding librarians who truly understand (or want to understand) the ins and out of the Australian and international comic book industry, and the challenges that creators and librarians face, is a rare honour indeed.
As I was moderating other panels, I’m disappointed to say that I was unable to attend the library focused workshops provided by the brilliant Sydney based librarians Karen Dwarte and Alex Hammond. It was, however, great to see such a comprehensive write up in the NLA blog regarding not only the issues faced by collections teams, but also in providing some understanding and reason to comic creators who may want to connect, or distribute their work via library systems. They were spot on in saying that libraries are really looking for content across all age and reading levels, that is of value to the community, and that it is easier for them to loan graphic novels/trades rather than single issues due to shelf-life/damage issues. (hope I got that right!)
It was also interesting to read more about the NLA collection process for Legal Deposit; although I must point out, that in saying that Paul’s comics won’t ever be reprinted, they are referring to copies of the earlier single issues and one-shots only, not newer versions of ‘The Soldier Legacy’ or other work. This series was recently given an upgrade into 2 trades (as they are more popular), making the single issues limited edition, until sold out at conventions.
Big thank you to the National Library of Australia for taking Paul and I on such an amazing behind the scenes tour, for taking the time to chat about old back issues and their amazing work in comic book preservation, and for giving us a mention in the write-up below also (I’m not worthy!). It gave me excellent bragging rights at work 🙂
To read the full NLA blog post, click here: https://www.nla.gov.au/blogs/behind-the-scenes/2016/04/19/connecting-with-comic-creators
Well-deserved praise is rolling in for Tristan Jones’ comic work on his dream project, Alien: Defiance, yet he refuses to call himself an artist. During his ‘Art of Tristan Jones’ panel at last weekend’s Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra, he shared some stories about the process of working with major studios and licensed properties, his love of the Alien franchise, speaking to Ridley Scott though representatives, artistic process on the book, and struggles with comic store communication. Continue reading “Alien Exchange: ‘Art of Tristan Jones’ Panel Recap”
Sitting down for a relaxed ‘In Conversation’ panel at last weekend’s Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra, we spoke about Tristan’s origins in film and tv, his transition from writing to art, working on licensed properties, online journalism, Aussie cultural cringe in comics, and, of course, his latest work. Continue reading “Comics Writing to Drawing: Tristan Jones Panel Chat”
From Mad Max to Star Wars, the extensive storyboarding career of Mark Sexton is a delicious wonder, considering his formative years without tv or cinema, growing up on the isolated Norfolk Island. While most kids grew up going to comic shops and enjoying the popularity of superheroes, Mark’s introduction came through Asterix comics shipped in by his Dad, obscure kids book ‘Ant and Bee’ by Angela Banner, and Pink Floyd’s ‘Muddle’ from his mum. It was these items that helped form the character ‘Bug’, and cemented his career in the comic arts – if you were ever looking for his horcruxes…. I caught his ‘Art of Mark Sexton’ panel at the Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra and tried to transcribe some of his extraordinary career.. Continue reading “Mark Sexton: Panel 1 of 2 – Origins”