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.
This exhibition is well worth a wander through. I just got back from perusing its delights.
Without wanting to name all the artists, it's always fascinating to see original artwork displayed like this. Reading comics on the wall is a different kind of experience - something of a journey.
Also, it's great to see the range of techniques and working methods emmployed - I was surprised to see the inclusion of colour tones on the original pages by Andrew Fulton and the greys on Jase Harper's piece! It's really pleasing to see the organic approaches still at work in so many different styles.
I really enjoyed Jo Waite's piece for the upcoming "Love and War" and particularly liked the accompanying watercolour picture - beautiful work! The margin notes on where artwork was created were a bonus.
Bernard, I thought your striking panels were well complemented by having the Joseph Ross Bamford Caleo's nightmarish picture as a corollary.
I liked the whole "paper boat" thing. A special treat was seeing my yeti-sloths turning up in the offcuts from the last "Tango" and in some of the boats - those guys just seem to have taken on a life of their own!
This has gotten kind of long - maybe I'll post it on my own Blog as well :).
All in all, this exhibition definitely floated my boat.
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