Pat Grant to Be Keynote Speaker at Inkers and Thinkers 2015

The Inkers and Thinkers organisers are proud to announce that acclaimed comics artist Pat Grant will be the Keynote Speaker for next year’s symposium, Inkers and Thinkers: The Alternative.

pat grant

Pat Grant is a cartoonist, a wharfie, and try-hard academic. His first graphic novel, Blue, about race relations on the Australian beach, was published in Australia, the USA, France and Italy. Blue was listed as one of the ten great graphic novels of 2012 by and one of the top three graphic novels of all-time by Pat’s mum, who has read exactly three graphic novels. Pat has a Ph.D in Media from Macquarie University, his scholarly work is concerned with materiality and movement in the cartooning process. When he is not drawing comics or taking stuff off boats he is teaching graphic storytelling at UTS. He is currently at work on his second graphic novel about teenage con-artists in a greasy post-industrial future. The book is on-track for completion some time in the next 100 years.


Call for Papers for Inkers and Thinkers Interdisciplinary Symposium 2015: Alternative Forms, Alternative Voices

Call for Papers:

The University of Adelaide’s Discipline of Media will hold its second annual interdisciplinary symposium on comics and graphic narratives on May 15 and 16, 2015. We invite researchers of all disciples, as well as artists working in the comics field, to submit proposals for conference papers. The theme of this year’s symposium is ‘Alternative Forms, Alternative Voices’.

Questions that could be addressed by research papers include, but are not limited to:

  • How have comics historically been considered alternative and subversive?
  • How have comic creators used new technologies and emerging cultural practices to shape comics as an alternative or radical medium?
  • How have comics operated as a medium of expression for marginalised groups or ideas?
  • What publishing practices and formal properties have been used to position certain comics as alternative, or opposed to accepted ideas about literacy and discourse?

Abstracts of 250-300 words for presentations of 15 minutes should be submitted to by October 31, 2014. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by November 30, 2014.

Call for Workshop Proposals:

As part of the Inkers and Thinkers 2015 programming we are seeking proposals for 90-minute hands-on creative workshops on comics and graphic narratives to be held on May 15 and 16, 2015. The workshops should be thematically tied to the academic symposium, which explores the ways that comics have experimented with forms, uses, and content. Proposals are welcomed from both writers and artists, either working as individuals or in a team. Please note that we are seeking funding to provide stipends for accepted workshops.

Workshop classes could include, but are not limited to:

  • Technical Aspects of Comics Production: Such as how to write effective dialogue, unfold action in sequence, portray character emotion, etc.
  • Crafting Comics Content: Such as how to illustrate a wordless comic, working with historical and autobiographical material, using comics for political or educational purposes, etc.

Submissions should include an overview of the proposed workshop, including a draft lesson plan, and information about the presenters, including any relevant teaching and/or artistic experience, as well as what equipment and materials will be needed for you and the class. Workshops should be designed to accommodate up to 40 participants.

Pitches for workshop sessions should be submitted to by October, 31, 2014. Please indicate whether your session is designed for a beginner or intermediateaudience, or both. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by December 1, 2014.

More Inkers and Thinkers Sketches from Georgina Chadderton

One of the goals of Inkers and Thinkers is to bring together the academic (the thinkers) and creative (the inkers) sides of comic books at the one event, hence the name. We already directed you towards some great sketches from one of our presenters Bernard Caleo and we are pleased to share with you some more sketches, this time from one of our audience members Georgina Chadderton. Georgina is part of the local comics community Comics with Friends and Strangers and an up and coming comic book artist under the name George Rex Comics who can be fond on Facebook and Tumblr. It was great to see members of our audience sketching away throughout the day as the different presenters took the stage. This is definitely something we are looking to encourage at Inkers and Thinkers 2015. Thanks again to Georgina for sending us through these sketches from the day.

David Blumenstein

David Blumenstein


Elizabeth Macfarlane and Bernard Caleo

Elizabeth Macfarlane and Bernard Caleo


Bruce Mutard

Bruce Mutard

#ResistComics Kickstarter

At Inkers and Thinkers 2014 Can Yalcinkaya presented a paper on his involvement with the comics anthology #ResistComics. The recording of Can’s speech will be released soon, detailing much of the background of the project and the wave of protest in Turkey in the Summer of 2013. In the meantime the Kickstarter to help fund the printing of the book and payment of the artists is now live.

#ResistComics will be a 96 page publication of comics, illustrations, a short story and an article on comics and politics. The anthology collects stories based on experiences of the Gezi protest by writers and artists from Turkey and around the world. A particularly interesting story focuses on the plight of street animals during the Gezi resistance. The page explains the Gezi resistance and its crossover to art:

“Gezi was about reclaiming public spaces across Turkey. With art and with political action. Art was an important part of the Gezi Resistance, because cities aren’t just physical spaces. They are not just buildings and roads, streets and parks. Cities are imaginary places, or places of imagination, too. The meaning of cities emerge in thought, in songs, in novels and poems, in art and of course in comics. #ResistComics is our little effort to reclaim our cities in the imagination. “

As always backers have access to some great rewards including posters, original artwork, and a script workshop. With 15 days left the project is almost at it’s goal of $5,000 and further stretch goals will be announced if they pass that amount. It is great to see a project discussed at Inkers and Thinkers now well on the way to becoming a reality.

Bruce Mutard’s Keynote Speech

For the first Inkers and Thinkers Comics Symposium we were fortunate enough to have noted Australian comic book creator Bruce Mutard open the day with a keynote speech on the current state of the comic book industry and medium in Australia. The speech set the tone for the day, preparing the audience for twelve presentations that explored the current state of the industry and the medium while exploring noted authors and projects in detail. Bruce has been kind enough to write up his thoughts on the day at Dark Matter Zine and also provide a PDF version of his speech for people to download, something we urge those with an interest in comics in Australia to do as it was a great, eye-opening and enlightening speech.

Sketches from Inkers and Thinkers

Inkers and Thinkers 2014 has passed and for those who could not make it we will soon be releasing some audio recordings from the event. In the meantime you can check out a write up of the event from one of our presenters, Mr Bernard Caleo, who even managed to do some sketches of some of the presenters throughout the day. Thank you Bernard.

Bruce Mutard by Bernard Caleo

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