Name: Georgina Chadderton
Harry Potter and My Childhood Obsession / Self-published
ADL—> MEL / Self-published
Alright Ghost Fans / Self-published
My Time In The Gong / Self-published
Come To My Show / Self-published
Let’s Roll / Self-published
Poster Girls/Cheating Fate (2-in-1 flip-book with Owen Heitmann) / 24 Hour Cynic
There are others but they are all zines and a little bit old now so I didn’t think they needed to be mentioned.
What comics format do you work in?
I work mostly in zines. I like that I can draw a short, fun comic and have it printed and ready to share and show people in a couple of weeks. But I am working on writing my first graphic novel. It will be about 300 pages long altogether, which is a lot longer than anything I’ve ever worked on before. It’s hard keeping the story on track and trying to tie all my ideas together. But when I finally get a section to a point that I’m happy for others to read it, it’s super satisfying.
What is your skill area and role as a creator?
Coming from a zine-making background, I do a little bit of everything. I would mostly consider myself a writer/illustrator, where I do all drawing tasks such as colouring and lettering.
I currently self-publish most of my comics and I’m very lucky that my partner in life and comics, Owen Heitmann, proofreads all my work before it goes to print. Otherwise my comics would make a lot less sense.
What are your major comics publishing credits so far?
My biggest credits so far would be through American, European and Australian comics anthologies, by publishers like 8th Wonder Press, Centrala and ComicOZ, Australian literary magazines like Voiceworks and a short piece called ‘Family Traits’ on the online comics journal The Nib.
What is a favourite example of your own work? Why is it your favourite and what does it mean to you as a creator?
This is hard to answer as it changes every other day. But when I think of the finished comics I’ve done, I would pick my latest 24-hour challenge comic, Harry Potter and My Childhood Obsession. It’s about the lengths that I went to as a child to pretend that I was in the magical world of Harry Potter. I think it’s my favourite example of my work because it reminds me of this intense period in my life where everything pretty much revolved around just one thing and everything I did fed into that. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to love something so intensely as I did/do Harry Potter, which makes me both sad and nostalgic.
I’ve also been keeping a blog about making my graphic novel and I’m pretty proud of that. I thought it was going to be terrible and just something for me to help keep track of what I’ve been up to but it’s turned into something that other people read, which is lovely!
Why do you make comics? What do you think is the one reason you create?
I’ve always been a visual learner and loved stories and reading but found reading just words never as appealing as words with pictures. I think I’m a story-teller. With comics I can just fall into the world fully.
What other Australian comics have you recently enjoyed? Why were they particularly enjoyable?
Oh man! Okay, so a lot of my favourite Australian comics are by people I meet at zine fairs :
Buttered Toast by Ban.She
Round by Robin Tatlow-Lord
New Zealand Adventure by Jake Holmes
Ennui and Chips by Rebecca Sheedy
Lobopo by Tom Eccles
Teen Dog by Jake Lawrence
Most comics I read are either autobio, sci-fi or fantasy. I read a lot of Young Adult and indie comics, so if you like those things too you will probably like all the comics I’ve mentioned above.
What’s in store for the future?
I always feel like I have about seven projects on the go at once but the main one would be the graphic novel I mentioned previously. It’s called Oh Brother and it’s about growing up with my brother, who has severe autism. I’m hoping to have the draft manuscript, with readable pencils, ready to send out to publishers by the end of the year.
When I was growing up, there was very little if any literature about autism or more specifically about being a sibling of someone on the spectrum. I’m writing this book for 12-year-old me – I want to create the kind of book that would have helped me feel less alone; a book I could have shown my friends to help them understand my brother.
For more information, check out georgerexcomic.com