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

An Interview with Inkers and Thinkers Poster Artist Ben Juers

In our first year, Inkers and Thinkers was a sold out event.  It was absolutely momentous, and a large part of that success should be credited to Ben Juers, who designed our poster:

Poster design by Ben Juers

Posted in bars, cafes, art hubs and bookstores all over Adelaide, Juers’ piece was an eye-catcher. Cult comic characters from Australia and beyond were crammed into every corner, and a fun game was betting people they couldn’t identify every ‘toon. (Many came close, but none claimed the metaphorical cigar).

In this quick Q & A, the affable Mr Juers discusses his working process and artistic influences:

InT:  How did you come up with the idea for the poster?

B: The idea for the poster was to satirise the ‘future’ theme of the conference. I offered the organisers two designs to choose from. The one that didn’t make the cut had a comic book cover layout with imagery lifted from 50s and 60s space stuff like The Jetsons and Jetta. It was goofier and would’ve been more in my ‘style,’ though copying other people’s stuff for the final design was interesting. It makes you pay attention to other cartoonists’ quirks that you might otherwise pass over. As a kid, I learnt to draw by copying from a “He-Man: Masters of the Universe” colouring book.


InT:  How long did the poster take to complete?

B: The poster took about a month to complete, partly because of other freelance obligations at the time. The pencilling was the longest part of the process – it involved lot of rearranging and dismantling using tracing paper. It took a while to get it to a point where it wasn’t too crowded. The inking took about a day, a bit longer for the colouring and text captions. I didn’t really think about the colours until later, which is pretty unprofessional.


InT: How would you describe your art?

B: A couple of people have called my work ‘old-timey.’ That makes sense – most of my favourite cartoonists are from the first half of the twentieth century. Nostalgia’s kind of overdone in comics right now, so I’m trying not to let the old-timey look become a schtick. Ultimately, my goal is to be the Preston Sturges of comics, alcoholism included.


More of Ben’s great work can be found at – we highly recommend you check it out!


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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