Yes. I am. I’ve been so busy doing so many things that updating this blog has not been one of them. Again, the motive is to alert you dear reader, to the shite-load of events that are looming on my horizon for this year. It’s likely I’ll be on the road for the greater part of it, so to make this less of a chore, I’m simply going to list it here to give you some idea. More details will be listed as I fill in the details closer to the event.
Ozcomicon Perth March 9-10.
Writers residency with the May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust from March 11 to April 10.
Canberra Zine Emporium, March 23rd.
The Liedekijn Exhibition Opening, March 28.
I will run an all day comics workshop at the ACT Writers Centre, April 6 – see link.
Supanova Melbourne April 13-14.
Drawing Out conference, RMIT, Melbourne.
Supanova Gold Coast April 20-21.
Teaching a master class at Melb Uni on 26th April. Not open to the public
it’s a part of the Graphic Narratives 4th year class in the Dept of Creative Writing.
Come early May, the second Caravan of Comics departs these shores to assault North American audiences with the visual and aural assault of comics and films
Graphic Novels Melbourne screening, May 8, at Toronto Australia New Zealand Cultural Club.
Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF), May 10-12.
Instore presentation and book signing at Librairie Drawn & Quarterly, May 15.
Instore presentation and book signing at Fantagraphics bookstore, Seatlle, May 18.
The International Comic Arts Forum conference, May 23-25.
Present an academic paper; present the film, maybe an artists presentation as well.
Possible writers residency at Ragdale, Chicago, May 26- mid June.
CAKE comic festival in Chicago, June 15-16.
Sydney Supanova, June 22-23.
Perth Supanova, June 29-30.
Ozcomicon Melbourne, July 6-7.
Start a residency at Dunmoochin artists colony from mid-July (at least 12 months, possibly 2 years). I need this in order to finish work on The Fight, which has been horribly delayed, but it is coming along.
All this is fixed more or less. But, in August, there’ll be the Skinny Arse Comic Launch #2, some stuff with the Melbourne Writers Festival.
In September, the second, bigger, badder, bolder Caravan of Comics will depart as part of a Blofeld style plan to take the world over with antipodean comics. Planned visits to Helsinki Comic Festival, the Small Press Expo Bethseda, MD, the Library of Congress National book fair, a conference in Oxford and more. Stay tuned and toonin’.
Pause to draw breath. Ideally, I will attend Angouleme in 2014 with a mini caravan of locals who all have books coming out in French. But we’ll see. Yes, The Silence has been picked up for translation by Editions çà et là. Not sure when it will come out exactly, but it’s a very exciting development. Others are Pat Grant’ Blue, Mirranda Burton’ Hidden and Gregory Mackay’ Francis Bear.
I am he, the new holder for the Australian Society of Authors Comics and Graphic Novels portfolio. I take over from Julie Ditrich and Josef Szekeres, who have relinquished it in order to focus on their creative pursuits. I will build on their foundations and take the portfolio in a much more visible, vigorous direction that I hope, will one day become the Australian Comics guild – the professional association for Australian comics creators – with all the perks, lurks, benefits and membership fees! Stay tuned for more as I somehow find time to make this happen. Look for us the upcoming Melbourne and Gold Coast Supanova’s in Artist Alley – right next to my table where I will be wearing two hats on my two heads, with four arms to help manage it all. Didn’t I tell you I was not of this earth?