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5 Feb

Recent gig at MOFO with Craig San Roque in performing The Long Weekend in Alice Springs went down a TREAT! Got loads of rad feedback, and several people asking if we’d come to other festivals … funny. I doubt we’d be able to line us both up together again – Hobart and Alice are in such different head-spaces.

Here’s two articles that I know of that detailed some things about the performance

* Alice Springs News
* Real Time Arts

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Down There #6

2 Feb

The newest issue of Down There is out – by ME! Very exciting that this little series of comics is continuing as we have now ticked over 200 pages of Tasmanian comic wonderful mess! – you can buy a copy at San Kessto Publications.    
I have received news that some of the future artists in this series have started working on their stories so look out for news in the next six months or so! Yay! 

MONA FOMA 2016

12 Jan

This absolutely huge gig is on tonight at the Odeon Theatre in Hobart.
Craig San Roque and I will be on the stage, and the art from the graphic novel will be up on the SILVER SCREEN bigger than it has EVER been!

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday it will be projected onto the Cinemona screen inside the museum, which is smaller – but the 2K projector is wonderful – and it will never look BETTER! Very excited!
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The Guðmundsdóttir Summoning

7 Jan

SALLY REES HAS A BLOG

It is rather timely to have popped the witch’s hat on again just weeks before the term ‘witch’ once again entered the Australian political vocabulary (Remember ‘Ditch the Witch’? Never forget. Never, ever forget.). Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton this week referred to political editor, Samantha Maiden as a ‘mad fucking witch’ in a text he mistakenly sent directly to her and in reference to her column criticising his colleague, Jamie Briggs (for whom the message had been intended) regarding the sexual harrassment of a younger female colleague.

My general disgust with Australian politics and a feeling of immense powerlessness to enact change through the conventional democratic means has been one driver behind some of the more esoteric explorations I have made as an artist. How else can I affect change? What tools are available to me? Magick seems as legitimate a possibility to me as the…

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2015 – cripes

28 Dec

So it’s been a big year … um – trying to get my head around what’s happened … below is a list of the bigger things that happened! I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped me achieve all these things – I am very grateful for the luck in life that has allowed me to be a creative type of human, I know that such luck is not easy for a vast number of humanity.

In January – Neil Gaiman came to Hobart for MONA FOMA and I handed him a copy of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs, which he then tweeted about later on. It seems he liked it. There were a few notables who also read it and loved it which was also very very nice!

April Tour – involved doing some crazy things like taking The Shipwright and the Banshee to Melbourne to perform with Christopher Downes at the Ledger Awards, then flying to Canberra to put on an exhibition Sleuth: The Delegation and then getting back to Hobart with my new Risograph.

In June – I directed the 2nd annual Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival in Hobart! Bigger and better! We had a couple of wonderful interstates Nicki Greenberg and Pat Armstrong come to give a wonderful talk at the finest of all events that we put on along with the Tasmanian Writers Centre.

September Tour and PUBLISHING – I launched my new graphic novella Swallows Part One around a few cities such as Hobart, Alice Springs, and in Melbourne. I also had an exhibition of art from the book at Museo Italiano in Carlton, and at Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart.

In September I also saw the 20 kids readers that I worked on for the last year – as part of the Yankunytjatjara Wangka Project.

Another poster was completed for NPY Womens Council’s Uti Kulintjaku project working closely with Eliatt Rich from Alice Springs – this one was about child development and was translated into Pitjantjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra languages.

In November I was accepted into the inaugural Comic Art Workshop that was held on Maria Island in Tasmania – which was fantastic!! I was working on a future project called Sydney/Purgatorio along with my fellow art-person in crime Craig San Roque.

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is now in its 3rd print-run and it will be featured in January at MONA FOMA as a performance with Craig San Roque and myself on stage at the Odeon Theatre in Hobart – very exciting.

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photo by Tom O’Hern

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Sketches from the Comic Art Workshop

26 Dec
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Il Globo article for Swallows

30 Oct

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