In keeping with my tradition of untimely comics reportage here's a few notes from the Melbourne Homecooked Comics festival on the weekend of 24th-26th April this year.
I greatly enjoyed the expanded Homecooked Comics Festival this year with special guests (Dylan Horrocks, Paul Peart-Smith, Madeline Rosca, and Thomas Campi) and additional talks, exhibitions and presentations beyond the one day fair aspect. I think it was a rainy day? But there was a solid attendance of public eager to engage with the local comics scene. Some personal highlights in lazy bullet point form,
- Talking to Dylan Horrocks about a grand plan for a New Zealand Comics Archive.
- Comic of the show for me was Art is a Lie by Susan Butcher and Carol Wood, first title from Bruce Mutard's Fabliaux. Collecting comics originally featured in American magazine Artillery, there is no art or cartooning style these women cannot ape and recontextualise.
- Hanging out with my little bro who was sharing table duties with me, nice to see a bunch of his first mini-comics fly off the table - look at his art here, Endpaper Anxiety.
- Bernard Caleo
- Chatting Love and Rockets with Matt Kyme
- Meeting Paul Peart-Smith and chatting about my particular favourite comics of his.
A big thank you to organisers Sarah and Clea for offering me a spot to do a presentation on the career and life of New Zealand/Australian cartoonist Noel Cook.
Below a few pictures of comics people at Homecooked 2015, there were many more that I did not get to take snaps of because I'm a terrible stupid pretend comics paparazzo with barely adequate point and snap skills.
Claire Wilson and Michael Fikaris
Paul Peart-Smith , Thomas Campi and Dylan Horrocks
Frank Candiloro and Matthew Nicholls
Christian Roux, Neville Howard, and Alana Bruyn
Bernard Caleo and Sarah Howell
Bruce Mutard and Carol Wood
David C Mahler
Dylan Horrocks and Colin Wilson
Jim Bridges of the Australian Cartoon Museum