Friday, December 19, 2008

The White Suit

There's me and Dur-e Dara, her regaling the crowd at the Tango8 launch with great words about the vital importance of love, and of food, and of comics in Australia, preparatory to an improvised beer-glass-and-spoon percussion piece which would officially launch the book into the world.

And there it is, the face that launched 1000 comics.  And the suit that he did it in.


Thanks to Arts Victoria for the funding.  Thanks to Anita Bacic for the cover.  Thanks to Jen Jewel Brown for the publicity.  And thanks to Justin Caleo for the book design.

And most of all, thanks to the 70 contributors for entrusting their work to Cardigan Comics.


It really IS a great book.  But don't take my word for it.  Buy a copy and read it for yourself.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

'Tango8: Love and Food' - Launched!

Well well well: last night, Wednesday 17 December 2008, in a packed bar upon Lygon Street in East Brunswick ('Mr Wilkinson', 295 Brunswick Street to be precise), we launched the most recent issue of the Giant Australian Romance Comics Anthology.

Tango8: Love and Food

A goodly bunch of the 70 contributors were there, and as usual at a launch I met quite a few of them face to face for the first time (Simon Barnard, Brendan Halyday, Richard Butler, fine comic book makers all).  Much champagne was drunk, a bit of speechifying was done (thank you to Dur-e Dara, who officially launched the book) and a sense of joy and celebration filled the bar, as did we.

So now the book is out, and well and truly launched: you can grab a copy from our Melbourne stockists, listed on our website, or indeed direct from the site.

Thank you particularly to the following people, who I didn't credit in my speech as I should've: Adrienne Leith and John Retallick, super vendors of 144 copies of Tango8; Mary Anne and Salvatore Caleo for my new white suit (pictures to follow), and most of all, with great love, to Susan Bamford Caleo for making the making of the book possible in so many little and large ways.