Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Paper Lifeboat

Yes, friends, you only have a few days left to climb aboard 'The Paper Lifeboat', an exhibition of comics and pictures by comic book makers, part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival, and curated by Ms Jo Waite (image above by she), and produced by yours trewely.

Artists featured are: Neale Blanden, Bobby. N, Kirrily Schell, Mandy Ord, Jo Waite, Andrew Fulton, Michael Fikaris, Ben Hutchings, Bernard Caleo, Joseph Ross Bamford Caleo, Jase Harper, and the octopoid Pat Grant (below).

The Paper Lifeboat is afloat at:

the Town Hall Gallery,
 Boroondara Town Hall, 
corner Glenferrie and Burwood Roads,

Running from Wednesday 23 September  - Sunday 4 October 2009

Town Hall Gallery is open Wednesday - Saturday, 12 midday - 5pm

If you can't make it in person, the excellent Town Hall Gallery curator Mardi Nowak has posted a bunch of photographs here


Below, you can see a sketch made by Bobby. N of the group of happy comickers who turned up for our programs that we ran AT THE SAME TIME as the Grand Final last Saturday afternoon: good timing, eh?

At Bobby's blog you can see pictures of Charles Darwin and Germaine Greer, both of whom turned up to offer testimonials about 'How comics saved their LIFE!'  Also featured: Bobby's pictures of the infamous Green Horse of Hawthorn.  

The blog also features great news about the upcoming issue of Bobby's comic book 'Digested', which needs to be on your 'must buy' list.  All I have seen is the cover, and I know it will be good.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

The Monthly Meetup - at last!

Yesterday I finally managed, for the first time, to get along to the Monthly Comics Meetup - held on the first Saturday of every month, 2 - 6pm at PA's Hotel, Grattan Street Carlton opposite Melbourne University.

'Minutes' of the meets are reliably blogged by Bobby.N, whose posts about making comics and talking comics are always worth reading.

As soon as I was there, talking comics and projects and looking at people's drawings and drinking a beer, suddenly the world seemed to make a lot more sense.

I met comics people who I've never met before, I spoke with old friends, I put faces to names, voices to artwork... it was great.

I was able to show folks the preview copy of 'The Tango Collection' that I have from Allen and Unwin, and to promise the people there whose work has been selected for the book that their authors' copies will be coming some time this month.

Also I handed around flyers for The Paper Lifeboat, this year's comics art exhibition for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

And I wondered, "How is it that I have never managed to get to this before?"

And I answered, "Because I am a fool."