Drawn From Life
Today volunteers handed out copies of a free comic that features the first collaboration of myself and my husband David Blumenstein. Get yourself a copy and try and pick who drew which bit. If you miss the big handout, you can pick one up at Melbourne Writers Festival venues, many of which are in fed square. Or you can attend the discussion between the editor Oslo Davis and Drawn from Life’s international feature artists Peter Arkle and Jim Woodring.
Article about Drawn From Life by Stuart Geddes here: http://thethousands.com.au/melbourne/read/drawn-from-life/
The Lifted Brow
Over June and July I drew seven illustrations to accompany articles in the August issue of The Lifted Brow.
Wedding Invite Illustration
As mentioned in a previous post. I was resident at the National Gallery of Victoria’s new venue, the NGV Studio, with 7 other cartoonists from 16 July – 14 August.
It was awesome and I will miss being around my friends and fellow cartoonists.
What I made:
I started my Harold Holt project. Last year I promised Bernard Caleo and Jo Waite a comic to be performed in the tradition of Komishibai picture theatre. Due to overwork and illness I didn’t deliver the comic in time. The premise I had for the comic was really appealing, but I had struggled to determine a motivation for the characters and got stumped. The story idea was Harold Holt (the Australian prime minister who drowned/went missing in the late 60’s) is somehow still alive or a ghost and abducts Tony Abbott while Tony is swimming.
While in residence I researched Australian politics searching for the foundations of a faustian set-up for how and why Harold Holt wants to abduct Tony.
The result was a synopsis, thumbnail scripts, and character designs for four stories:
- one about Prime Minister Joseph Lyons and his wife Enid who was a political force in her own right;
- an overview of Harold Holt’s life before his disappearance;
- what happens after his disappearance; and
- Harold’s abduction of Tony Abbott
So what started as a flippant fun idea has turned into a big project about Australian Liberal politicians and their forerunners. WTF?
Having got a good running start at this thing I turned my attention to my next commitment for Bernard and Jo, an exhibition titled “I Heart Tintin” at the Edinburgh Castle (2-9 October) as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
So that’s what I got up to at NGV. For documentation of our shenanigans go to the Inherent Vice blog, invice.tumblr.com or see the list of media links below.
Articles and Interviews resulting from Inherent Vice:
One interview request from Invurt website we responded to the questions in comic book form, so that is definitely worth a read. If you ever wondered what I would look like as an alcoholic, wonder no longer care of Simon Hanselman’s comic.
Articles about Inherent Vice in:
On the Radio:
John Rettalick and Jo Waite of 3CR’s Comic Spot feature Inherent Vice in two shows:
DIY Arts 210711 – 55min show featuring interview with Inherent Vice curator Beckett Rosental (22MB Download)
DIY Arts 04.08.11 – 55min show featuring Mandy, Michael H and myself are interviewed during our 24 hour comics party. Listen for my “dead air” while I count how many people are in attendance. (22MB Download)
Phew, well that’s enough I think. It has been an exciting few months!