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.
Sunday 10th November
Fitzroy Beer Garden
243-245 Gertrude St. Fitzroy.
Earlier this year I, along with Mirranda Burton, Marijka Gooding, Scarlette Baccini, Gregory Mackay and Dan Hayward ran an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for our foray to North America to bring our (and Australian) comics to the attention of North Americans, building on the good work of Caravan of Comics, 2012. We promised we would produce a comic about it, some limited edition prints, a Dvd documentary, the Graphic Novels! Melbourne! documentary on Dvd and more. So, the time has come to deliver on the promise and celebrate a promise kept! The magisterial comics MC Bernard Caleo will interview us on stage from about 4pm.
For those financial supporters who live in Melbourne, you may come and pick up your rewards directly off us on the day, get them signed and get our profound thanks. We can’t buy you all beers as there are too many of you and we’ve spent the money already. For those who were not financial supporters, fear not! All the books and Dvd’s will be available for sale and signing on the day. If your landlord, electricity provider, speeding ticket has taken your last paycheque, well, come on down and at least take in the atmosphere! It’ll be full of talk of panels and brushes, the aromas of ink and uh, depending on the weather, BO.
Heres a little more information about two upcoming events I’ll be participating in:
I will be in artists alley promo-ho-in my books and prints, alongside Mirranda Burton (mirrandaburton.blogspot.com). I will also be presenting a special screening of the acclaimed Graphic Novels! Melbourne! documentary which will screen at 4pm on Sunday the 10th. It’s a film about Melbourne and the weird comics ferment we have here, featuring myself, Mandy Ord, Nikki Greenberg and no longer Melburnian, Pat Grant. For more info on the flick, go here: Graphicnovelsmelbourne.com
Whilst in Canberra researching my Vol 2 of the Robert Wells trilogy, I have taken to my usual whoring. Here’s a great evening out with me and a few diners where I’ll be yakking about comics and my career, whilst you drink, talk, eat and make merry. Better than going to Fsyhwick for your entertainment needs.