Fluid Prejudice Re-inks Australian History

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joshuasantospirito:

Another beautiful review of this Anthological gem.

Originally posted on AD ASTRA COMIX:

“The very ink with which all history is written is merely fluid prejudice.” – Mark Twain

Review by Sky Croeser

Unlike most histories from above or below, Fluid Prejudice stands out as one that doesn’t provide a coherent narrative. Instead, it’s a dream-like journey through Australian history, haunted by the violence of colonization. Single-image cartoons jostle with longer stories, and well-known figures sit side-by-side with personal stories. Some characters recur in different forms across stories, shifting from the foreground to the background. This jumble creates a more radical approach to history which leaves questions and contradictions unanswered, rather than offering the reader an easy vantage-point.

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Title: Fluid Prejudice
Creators: Sam Wallman, Aaron Manhattan, Safdar Ahmed, Katie Parrish, and others (50 contributors in total)
Editor: Sam Wallman
Published: Self-published in 2014
Page Count: 175 pages
Other Specs: Softcover, black and white interior with colour cover

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Mimili books!

24 Oct

I’ve been quiet for a while because I’ve been slaving away on a great (but huuuuge) job for the Mimili school in Northern South Australia. It’s illustrating 20 kids books in the Yankunytjatjara language. I’m almost finished the illustrations, just the lettering and corrections to do next!! Phew!!!!

Here’s some pics –

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Uti Kulintjaku – Mental health language literacy program poster

23 Sep

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This was a ripper of a project that I illustrated for earlier this year for NPY women’s council. I worked with designer Elliat Rich (who lives in Alice Springs) to come up with this poster in consultation with a group of ladies from NPYWC. It was translated into 2 languages – Pitantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra – and attempts to use existing words from those languages to discuss concepts around mental illness, feelings and behaviours rather than bring in English language words. A very interesting project to draw. And the poster has apparently had a great reception.

We’re doing a second poster about child development – it’s in the pipeline.

Sound Klub 12

22 Sep

Originally posted on soundklub:

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Oct 3, 2014 – SOUND KLUB 12

Noel Meek & Olivia Webb (NZ)
Sister0 (Tas, just returned from Austria)
The Hovering Waitresses (Tas)
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$5
The Grand Poobah
9pm, noises at 9:30pm
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– Noel Meek & Olivia Webb –
Wellington-based sound artist, Noel Meek, has been working in experimental music for over 15 years. Meek’s current music project uses samplers to build drones out of acoustic and electric instruments using non-traditional tunings and notes pitch shifted by microtonal intervals to build ecstatic layers of overtones. His latest live works have been described as “apocalyptic.”

Artist and musician Olivia Webb reworks video of simple, natural environments to complement and build upon Meek’s soundscapes. Webb’s videos play with elemental themes, an obsession with weather patterns, and ideas of irrational symmetry. Images morph as the sound pulses creating one holistic/universal experience for the audience.

http://soundcloud.com/noelmeek
http://vimeo.com/96862871

– Sister0 –
Nancy Mauro-Flude has…

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Sleuth in Meanjin Quarterly

19 Sep

I have read Meanjin on and off for many years – in my opinion it has had periods of being the best of the Aussie literary magazines. It has even had periods of having comics in it which were quite notable. In particular Elizabeth Fielding(et al)’s fantastic series Their Hooks Find Hold Deep in Our Flesh which ran through several issues between 2008 and 2009, which I make mention of in this review for Island Magazine’s website this year.

SO – I was particularly chuffed to be asked by Meanjin’s incumbent editor Zora Sanders to create something for the print magazine this year. It’s always nice to allowed a fair bit of a creative freedom too … I’ve been doing a fair bit of illustration lately so it was VERY refreshing to find an outlet for the zillions of ideas that I have buzzing around my scalp.

Sleuth is an ongoing series of rambling, intersecting comics that began in 2012 with the Hobart exhibition. In 2014 it has enjoyed a fair bit of exposure – this being its 3rd outing. The first of 2014 was in April, with the exhibition Sleuth: the Delegation held at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston. Sleuth: OMG was a 4 page comic published in June of this year in Island #137.

And today! I receive in the post – the printed copy of the Spring issue of Meanjin Quarterly – which has published my 6 page mega-complex Sleuth: The Transcontinental Distress. Here’s some pics – not really for reading,  it was designed for reading specifically in book form – the page turns are crucial to the understanding the mess and confusing layout of this piece. It will probably never work properly in reading on the screen. It was really fun to write and layout and makes reference to fictional characters that have died in the Australian landscape, as well as real human beings that have died in the Aussie landscape … and how they have BOTH become mythologised.

Also – my really good friend, and excellent writer Jennifer Mills has a piece in this issue of Meanjin. I recommend you all find an Aussie literary magazine or two! And then subscribe to them forever. I will do my best to continue to encourage them to ALWAYS include comics … because, let’s face it – comics belong in the literary fold.

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What’s mine is yours

14 Sep

joshuasantospirito:

Just stumbled upon this article by Andre Dao that references “The Long Weekend”

Originally posted on André Dao:

Originally published in issue 22 of The Lifted Brow. Buy it here.

I don’t know how to think about these things…[1]

On the one hand, I am distinct from you. I am distinct from my father and I am distinct from my children, were I ever to have any. My existence is discrete, bookended by a birth and a death. I am hermetically sealed from the outside world by my skin, by which I recognise myself in the mirror: an individual, a subject, not you or him or her or it but me. I am the bearer of rights and the holder of tastes. I assert my human right to self-expression.

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Turkey travels – I Wanna Be A Travella

28 Aug

I have been spending a few weeks in Turkey. Every day I have been sketching and making
Travel-comics. When I return home to Tasmania I will set about putting it together, perhaps for the Down There Tascomix series (yet to be decided). Here’s some tasters –

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