On the weekend just gone, Art Spiegelman presented a new work of images, text and music, WORDLESS, at the GRAPHIC Festival at the Sydney Opera House.
Today, Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly visited Squishface Studio in Brunswick, and a group of local comic book people were there to welcome them to Melbourne.
Nicki Greenberg and Mandy Ord speak with Francoise.
Outside Squishface - Matt Emery, Ben Hutchings, Nicki Greenberg with Coco in arms and Poppy standing, Mandy Ord, Mirranda Burton, Art Spiegelman, Francoise Mouly and Gregory Mackay.
Oh, there's Shaun Tan too!
Art Spiegelman chatting with Shaun Tan.
We went across the road to Ray and drank coffees and ate cake and talked some more. Francoise Mouly, Penny Hueston, me and Mirranda Burton (photo by Matt Emery)
Art and Ben Hutchings talk pens.
It was remarkable to meet these two legends of comics, and to discuss with them Art's most recent book CO-MIX and Francoise's children's comics imprint TOON BOOKS.
Many thanks to Text Publishing's Penny Hueston who lined up today's meeting.
Art speaks at the Melbourne Town Hall on Tuesday 8 October. Francoise speaks at the Wheeler Centre on Wednesday 9 October. Both of them are brilliant.