Hello all you inkers and thinkers,
By now you may have heard something on the grapevine about an interdisciplinary academic symposium on comics called Inkers and Thinkers – the Evolution of Comics. Apologies if you have and don’t care, but for those who are curious, read on. It’s the spawn of an affair between the University of Adelaide’ Discipline of Media and the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice (what you can do when you win a Nobel Prize, eh?)
It’s on at the University of Adelaide, 4th April, 2014. It is a one day gabfest that bring many of the foremost thinkers and not a few inkers to talk about the medium we love, called comics; to discuss its newly acquired space in Australian culture and what challenges and possibilities face it in the coming years. I will be giving the keynote speech – A State of the Comics Nation address- which will site contemporary comics making in this country within its recent history, the global marketplace and then pull no punches in describing where I think it should go, why and some ideas about how to get there. Bring shoes to throw!
Other speakers are:
There will also be a screening of Bernard Caleo and Dan Hayward’ Graphic Novels! Melbourne! doco from 8pm.
It’ll run from 9am where it’s tea and bikkies while we register and wet our lips for what’s to come (no, no, not like THAT!)
I’m on at 10am and then it’s the above until 6pm. Lunch will be provided!
And you know what’s one of the best things about it aside from all the mind-expanding new knowledge about comics you’ll get?
Yup, you read that right (or left if you’re a pinko). Won’t cost you your pinkie.
AND NO, you don’t have to be an academic to come along. We want anyone who loves comics, makes comics or is even simply curious about the medium to come along and not only hear what we have to say, but have your say, too. Simply put your hand up when question times arise; there’ll be lots of those – and then there’s the tea breaks and the drinks thereafter.
So, run along to this site and register so that you’ll be let in and I’ll see you there.
More info: http://www.inkersandthinkers.com
I’d like to draw your attention to the only poetry anthology, Cordite: Pumpkin, the poetry/comics issue. It contains 8 adaptations of poems by myself, Mirranda Burton, Bernard Caleo, Mandy Ord, Gregory Mackay, Queenie Chan, Marijka Gooding and Frank Candiloro. It was compiled and edited by Kent MacCarter. The aim was to see if a form of writing that is so visually evocative, could be adapted into a medium that is visual. The brief was for each artist to adapt a poem by a contemporary poet in whatever way they felt appropriate, and as you’ll see, there is variety in the results. My personal aim was to add to the words so that added texture and correspondences to the original, yet keeping within the spirit and aim of it. I actually replaced a lot of words with pictures – see above.
Anyhow, the aim is to produce a print anthology with a few more stories in it sometime next year, and also hold a few events where we can have readings/viewings and discuss this use of comics. Please take a look, share and comment in whatever format you like to gab on.