Sleuth is an ongoing series of comics which branch across a few different “mediums” – zines, exhibitions of comics made for the wall, poster comics, paintings, short works in literary magazines etc. The title character is Ivan Brackic, a pseudonym for the artist John Brack, who is the main character throughout the series, though there are countless characters who get their turn to shine. It loosely follows his investigations into the current situation of Australian spirituality … and what it looks like today.
A Potted History of Sleuth
November 2012 – Sleuth, an exhibition of criss-crossing comics at Inflight Art Gallery, Hobart (Now known as Constance).
November 2012 – Sleuth comic, to accompany the exhibition in Hobart
March – Brief series of Sleuth poster-comics released
May 2013 – Original Sleuth exhibition travelled to Alice Springs, accompanying The Long Weekend in Alice Springs exhibition
July 2013 – Comic – Sleuth: There’s Somethin’ Rotten on the Apple Isle
April 2014 – Sleuth: the delegation, an exhibition held at Sawtooth ARI, Launceston, Tasmania.
June 2014 – OMG, 4 page comic released in Island Magazine
April 4-26, 2014 Sleuth:the Delegation - Exhibition at Sawtooth ARI, a Gallery in Launceston, Tassie.
Sleuth Somethin’s Rotten on the Apple Isle – a comic that’s available from San Kessto.
Below is a diagrammatic representation of how the exhibition functioned – with comics criss-crossing the walls and some initial sketch ideas followed by photos of the actual exhibition.