Inkers and Thinkers Symposium Programme

Day One: Academic Conference, 15th May 2015

9 am: Conference Opens and Commencement Speech

9. 20 am: Mike Cooper, In Search of the Alternative Superhero

9. 40 am: Claire Langsford, Peter Parker to Glad-Wrap Spider-Man: Recreating Transforming Bodies in Cosplay Practice

10 am: Questions and Discussion

10. 30am: Morning Tea

11 am: Enrique del Rey Cabero, Alternatives and Challenges to the Discourse and Format of Comics in the Last 10 Years

11. 20 am: Can Yalcinkaya, Queer Lines from Straight Guys: Turkish Comics with LGBTQ Themes

11. 40 am: Liam Burke, Alternative Ireland: How the Emergence of a Local Comic Book Industry Challenged Traditional Depictions of Ireland in Comics

12 pm: Questions and Discussion

12. 30 pm: Lunch Break

1. 30 pm: Anthony Castle, Millennial Prophecies and Alternate Realities: Webcomics 15 Years After Scott McCloud’s Reinventing Comics

1. 50 pm: Ben Juers, Peripheral Vision in Comics

2. 10 pm: Ronnie Scott, Art in Space

2.30 pm: Questions and Discussion

3 pm: Afternoon Tea

3. 30 pm: Keynote Speech by Pat Grant

4. 30 pm: Questions and Discussion

5 pm: Official Closing of Conference


Day Two: Creative Workshops, 16th May 2015

10 am: Opening of Workshops

10. 20 pm: Pat Grant, Critical Thinking and the Artistic Process

11. 50 pm: Lunch Break

12. 50 pm: Anthony Castle and Chadwick Ashby, Visualising Storytelling and Artistic Collaboration

2. 10 pm: Afternoon Break One

2. 30 pm: Owen Heitmann and Georgina Chadderton, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: Drawing Inspiration by Re-Contextualising Newspaper Comic Strip Panels

4 pm: Afternoon Break Two

4. 20 pm: Claire Richards, 3D Anaglyphs in Comics

6 pm: Official Closing of Workshops

Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Conference Presenter Mike Cooper


Dr Mike Cooper is a life-long superhero-lover, having picked up his first Marvel comic in the 1970’s.

This probably contributed to his decision to study physics, which lead to a PhD in climate science in his native Scotland. He has since drifted into a lengthy career as a games programmer in Adelaide.

In 2002 he assumed the name Dr Mike 2000 to produce some critically acclaimed story-driven games mods in his spare time, such as The Strangers, Tales of the Navigator and The Amazanauts. In the past couple of years he’s turned his attention back to his first love – comics, and is now writer/artist of the psychedelic sci-fi webcomic Universe Gun.

He’s active in the Adelaide indie comics scene, and has even had a strip published in the Indie Comics Quarterly.

Mike lives in Adelaide with his girlfriend and a house full of cats.



Facebook: DrMike2000


Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Workshop Presenters Georgina Chadderton and Owen Heitmann

Georgina Chadderton and Owen Heitmann are the two organisers of Comics with Friends and Strangers, a comics drawing night that they have held monthly at Tooth and Nail Gallery since June 2013.

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Georgina has had her comics published in several US anthologies, self-published zines, university magazines and an issue of Voiceworks. News Limited’s The City magazine ran a cover story interviewing her about her comics work in 2014, and that year she appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival and National Young Writers’ Festival. In addition to Comics with Friends and Strangers, she has run a comics workshop for children at the SA Writers’ Centre, and she has additional teaching experience as a percussion tutor.


Owen’s first major work was a 48 page comic published with the aid of a grant from the South Australian Youth Arts Board. His comics have appeared in more than a dozen comics anthologies and literary magazines nationally, in the US and in Canada. He has also self-published zines and created hundreds of comics for the web. In 2014, he appeared at the Emerging Writers’ Festival in Adelaide and National Young Writers’ Festival in Newcastle. He has written about comics for the Weekend Australian, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, and wrote the foreword for Milk Shadow Books’ Da ‘n’ Dill: The Showbag Years.

Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Conference Presenter Ben Juers

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Ben Juers is a cartoonist and hackademic whose comics have been published in The Lifted Brow, Seizure, ABR and Ideas at the House. His work can be seen at

Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Workshop Presenter Claire Richards

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Claire Richards is an Adelaide artist, illustrator and budding animator. Her most recent picture book is Waiting for Hugo by Amanda Niland and published by Windy Hollow. Her unique cartoon style grew from scribbly comics in the back of her art school sketchbooks. She has been working as an artist since 2004 and has produced a collection of offbeat cards.  She also harnesses her creative energies into more random projects, like strategically disseminates origam zines around Adelaide and her current mammoth graphic novel project. Claire runs workshops in schools and has lives a double life as a school teacher. An online element of her graphic novel can be found at 


Introducing 2015 Inkers and Thinkers Conference Presenter Ronnie Scott


Dr Ronnie Scott is a sessional lecturer at the University of Melbourne, where he coordinates Graphic Narratives, a fourth-year comics-making course. He is the author of Salad Days (Penguin) and founder of The Lifted Brow, a freeform literary magazine. He’s a contributor to The Monthly, The Saturday Paper, The Believer, and The Australian, and is the comics and graphic novels critic for ABC Radio National.
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Introducing 2015 Inkers and Thinkers Conference Presenter Claire Langsford

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Claire is a doctoral candidate in Anthropology at the University of Adelaide. Her thesis, Recreation and Creativity:  Cosplay in Australia explores assemblage and negotiation in a material and performative practice. Her fieldwork was conducted among cosplayers at Australian popular culture conventions, competitions and online on social media sites, blogs and forums.

Throughout the course of her fieldwork Claire became a cosplayer herself, making over twenty costumes, performing with other cosplayers and competing in competitions. Claire continues to cosplay regularly at South Australian events and perform with cosplay choir, the Con Artists.

Claire has presented her research findings at Monash University’s Manga Symposium and at the ASAANZ/AAS 2014 combined conference. She is a contributor to the forthcoming book Manga Vision, a collection exploring diverse cultural practices associated with Japanese manga, to be published Monash University.

Her current research interests include digital and material cultures, performance and embodiment. Current projects are particularly focused on exploring how texts – visual designs, narratives and character – are reinterpreted in material, digital and performance practices.

Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Conference Presenter Can Yalcinkaya

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Born in Turkey, Can Yalcinkaya grew up reading stories of American superheroes, Italian cowboys, French adventurers and the Turkish underdog. He contributed to several fanzines, websites, books and periodicals, writing about comics, film and music. He was the editor ofYeni Seruven, a Turkish journal of comics studies, and co-edited Reading Between the Panels, a special comics issue of the Australian academic journal SCAN. His research interests include Turkish comics, humour, film, and popular music. He has a PhD in Media from Macquarie University. His comics have been published in the Turkish horror anthology Deli Gucuk:Zifirname (ed. Levent Cantek) and the Australian History Comic Anthology, Fluid Prejudice (ed. Sam Wallman). He is the editor of#ResistComics/#DirenÇizgiRoman, a comics anthology inspired by the Occupy Gezi movement.

Twitter: @macabresque (in English) @ctyalcinkaya (in Turkish).


#ResistComics Facebook Page:


Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Conference Presenter Enrique del Rey Cabero


Enrique del Rey Cabero has loved comics and literature since he was a child. He studied Spanish and English Filología (Literature and Linguistics) at the University of Salamanca and later completed a Masters Degree in Spanish as a foreign language (UIMP) and Masters Degree in Literary Research (UNED). He is currently enrolled in a PhD program (Universidad de Granada) exploring the traditional reading protocols and formats of graphic narratives and their fragmentation. Enrique has been working as a Spanish lecturer in La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia) since 2012. He has done some research on Comics, Spanish tebeos, Spanish as a Foreign Language, Hispanic Literature and the relationships between Music and Literature, particularly on collective memory of the Spanish Civil War, comics in language teaching, contemporary Spanish comics and the work of Gerardo Diego and Gonzalo Rojas. Last year he attended and gave papers at Inkers and Thinkers and Comics Forum (Leeds). He is also a news correspondent for Comics Forum.

Introducing Inkers and Thinkers 2015 Conference Presenter Anthony Castle

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Anthony N. Castle is an author who has penned comic books and prose, and also storyboarded picture books. He co-wrote the indie feature film Justice Squad, a mockumentary about dysfunctional superheroes, but his first love is writing comic books. He is the writer of the comic anthology Dead Ends: Fables of Loss and Mortality, created in collaboration with artist Chadwick Ashby.

Anthony is the managing editor of the and also writes about the sequential art medium for As a communicator he has presented on panels at Oz Comic-Con and Continuum, and facilitated creative writing seminars.

Anthony lives with his wife in Adelaide, Australia and works as a copywriter and a journalist for a non-profit organisation. His first job involved medical experimentation and eating radioactive hamburgers for money.


Twitter: A_N_Castle


Facebook: anthony.n.castle


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