2014 – my year.

22 Dec

 Personally, it’s been a pretty average year for me,

But artistically – It’s been an awesome year

… I’m not sure if that means I’ve come out on top or not … who knows.

 

Awards

I won some awards for The Long Weekend in Alice Springs … now I can refer to myself as a “multi-award-winning-graphic-novelist” … isn’t that rad.

  • ComicOz Award for Best Australian Original Comic Book for 2013
  • But even more important to me was this one – 2014 Chief Minister’s NT Read Non Fiction Book Award. It’s rad to have won this award in the NT, where the story of The Long Weekend belongs. In fact – there was tonnes of Central Australian stories up in Darwin nominated at the book awards – which is awesome for the Centralian region.

 

Exhibitions

I had 2 exhibitions which is pretty alright I reckon!

  • Sleuth: The Delegation – at Sawtooth ARI in Launceston in April
  • The Long Weekend in Alice Springs at the Top Gallery at the Salamanca Arts Centre in Hobart.

 

Publications

I managed to get 2 different Sleuth pieces into literary magazines this year which is exciting, as well as some other stuff.

  • Sleuth: OMG – published in Island #137 in June
  • Sleuth: The Transcontinental Distress was published in Meanjin in September.
  • Oi Oi Oi! First 9 pages of The Long Weekend was reprinted in this.
  • Fluid Prejudice – some other pages from The Long Weekend was contained in this wonderful Aussie History Comics anthology

I’ve also been working on a series of 20 kids books in the3 Yankunytjatjara language from South Australia – these will be released in early 2015 (if all goes according to plan).

ALSO – I continued organising and publishing the Down There comics series through San Kessto Publications – Tom OHern and Tricky Walsh both had releases of really awesome Tasmanian comics through that series – one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever been involved in!

 

Writing

Something I’ve not done for a while.

  • Wrote for the Meanjin website in January
  • Wrote for the Island Website in May – review of Fluid Prejudice
  • Wrote for Island Magazine in June – Island #137 – on the making of The Long Weekend in Alice Springs.

 

Festivals

Managed to be at a number of Festivals during the year for writing, comics and music … here’s a list!

  • MONA FOMA, Hobart – played manic guitar as part of the Hobart Improv Collective
  • NT Writers Festival – Word Storm – Darwin: spoke on panels, presented my graphic novel, hung out and stuff (won an award)
  • Emerging Writers Festival, Melbourne – spoke on a panel
  • Her Majesty’s Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival – I was the Festivale Directeur Flamboyante of the first Comics/Illustrators/Zines festival in Tasmania in June.
  • Helsinki Comics Festival, Finland – international comics festival that I had a table at – and met lots of fine folks.

 

Music

Concert-wise it’s been a quiet year by my normal standards with only about 7 or so performances … but I did manage to fit in a few gigs here and there, played in Helsinki twice as well which is rad.

 

Recordings – I did have two recordings released through two channels.

  • Feels” was commissioned and played on Ears Have Ears show on FBi radio in Sydney in September, it can be listened on their Soundcloud site for free.
  • The Waterhole” was a track that was released on the Hobart Experimental Noise compilation Convergence, curated by Matt Warren and Julian Teakle, which can be bought/downloaded from Rough Skies Records.

 

So all up – It’s been a pretty good year!!

2015 is already shaping up quite well –

  • 2 more exhibitions lining up – One in Hobart! One in Canberra!
  • A longer comic piece being finished for August or thereabouts
  • Some more festivals
  • Knuckling down on some more graphic novels
  • Some weeklong workshops
  • Chris Downes and I performing The Shipwright and the Banshee in Melbourne
  • Her Majesty’s 2nd Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival, in June
  • More Down There comics – I have soooooo many Taswegians lined up making comics it’s just not funny … not funny at all!!!
  • Who knows what else!!!
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3 Responses to “2014 – my year.”

  1. desertdates December 22, 2014 at 6:22 am #

    Congrats!

  2. comicoz December 28, 2015 at 10:13 pm #

    Congratulations on such a busy year…

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