By Ben Kooyman
Last week we published an interview with Jordan Verzar, co-curator with Ben Marshall of Graphic, Sydney Opera House’s yearly Festival of Visual Storytelling, Animation and Music. In our conversation Jordan alluded to some of the Australian creators and works, both comics and mixed media, under the spotlight at this year’s event. Below are descriptions of these free talks pulled from Graphic’s website. Visit the website to check seat availability and register your place to avoid disappointment.
Michael Leunig: A National Treasure
5 Nov, 10.30am
The famed Australian cartoonist, poet, and cultural commentator behind The Duck, Vasco Pyjama and Mr. Curly — aka the fellow with a large nose — Leunig returns to the Opera House for a career-spanning conversation ahead of his collaboration with Katie Noonan and the Sydney Symphony.
Declared a living treasure by the National Trust of Australia, expect to hear the poet laureate discuss his life and secrets, including the intricate joys of talking to strangers in the street, walking in the local park, morning coffee in the cafe, and chamber music in the concert hall.
‘One of the most polarising, peculiar, philosophical figures of Australian art’ – ABC
Felix Colgrave: In Conversation with Greg Sharp & Alex Grigg
5 Nov, 1.30pm
Notching four million views with his animated music video for Fever the Ghost’s ‘SOURCE’, Felix Colgrave’s psychedelic kingdoms dwell from a singular mind that combines the fantastical and mundane.
A wizardous internet sensation who broke through with The Elephant’s Garden – winner of Best Australian Film at the Melbourne International Animation Festival 2014 – see Felix probed in full bearded glory by Greg Sharp (Fallout 4, Vice, Comedy Central) and Alex Grigg (Super Deluxe and Comedy Central).
First Dog On The Moon: How Not to be Quite So Terrible
5 Nov, 3.15pm
A Walkley award-winning political cartoonist for The Guardian Australia, Mr. Onthemoon is your premium guide to modern living on ABC Radio National and the official cartoonist for the Western Bulldogs AFL Team.
Predominantly featuring dogs in all their illustrated glory, don’t miss this puppy of a talk as we live in a world where greyhounds take the headlines. What a time to be alive!
‘Sadly, First Dog on the Moon continues’ – The Chaser
State of the Nation: Local Comics with Safdar Ahmed, Alisha Jade, James Andre & Sarah Howell
5 Nov, 7.00pm
Thanks to an endless stream of film franchises and reboots, comics are more popular than ever… but what does this mean for the independent spirit at the heart of the art?
This panel will dissect sexism in comics with Platinum Ledger Award-winner Alisha Jade (Women in Comics Australia), why lurid storytelling matters to James Andre (Milk Shadow Books), through to the political tensions illustrated in Safdar Ahmed’s work (Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre) and Sarah Howell (Melbourne’s Squishface Studio, co-director of National Young Writers’ Festival 2009-10).
Graphic takes place on November 5th at Sydney Opera House, Circular Quay. For more information about events, guests and schedules visit the Graphic website.