ACHROMATOPSIA - Chris Gooch Interview

Prolific Melbourne cartoonist Chris Gooch has edited an anthology ACHROMATOPSIA that launches this week at The Good Copy in Collingwood, Melbourne. Featuring Editor Gooch and his fellow RMIT students, the ACHROMATOPSIA launch will also showcase an exhibition of riso prints. I asked Chris a few questions about editing his first anthology.

Matt Emery: What inspired editing an anthology? Has it been harder or easier than you imagined?

Chris Gooch: I just wanted to try doing one really, and having met a bunch of people through art school that were into comics and had a really well developed practice/style meant I had people to ask...

As for expectations vs reality, yeah, definitely harder than I thought I was gonna be. Admin is just really annoying, all this paper work and organising you have to do that eats into the time you'd otherwise spend drawing. The closer I get to the actual event the more stressed I'm getting. 

Joseph Lynch

Emery: I recall you mentioning some comics makers in ACHROMATOPSIA havn't come from a comics background, can you talk a bit about some of the artists involved?

Gooch: Well, we've all come through art school and maintained an interest in comics and drawing in general, which is something a lot of people end up ditching/losing, depending how you want to look at it.

Um, as I see them: Joe has a really wonderful traditional draftsman quality to his work, Tilly makes very gentle, intricate drawings (I remember her saying ages that if they had a deeper meaning, it would have 'a gentle one' which I thought was cool), Christian's work is super high contrast and detailed, really, really eye catching, Julia's work is really beautiful and delicate, linework wise, and Will's comics and drawing is crazy detailed a bit disturbing at times. 

Emery: I Also recall you mentioning drawing tools being a thematic part of ACHROMATOPSIA, Can you talk a bit about that? Are there other themes that tie the anthology together?

Gooch: In general I think anthologies which have a narrative theme (the ocean, time, disappointment, etc.) run the risk of ending up with 6 stories which are all very similar. So instead, we opted to have a visual theme, with all of the artists using the same kinds of pens and all the work having to be straight black and white. For the stories we would meet and discuss what we were thinking of and try and bounce off one another - I remember changing mine pretty drastically because of some feedback I got. 

Julia Trybala

Emery: ACHROMATOPSIA combines comics and illustration work, was it always intended as a combination of narratives and illustration?

Gooch: The illustration part of the show - 9 riso prints done by different artists - was a later addition to the project, mainly because comics take a bunch of time to get started on. Our hope was basically to expand the project and make it into a hybrid comics, illustration thing, as there's often a lot of crossover in audiences that isn't often reflected in artist's projects. 

Christian Vine

Silent Army Comic Launch Tonight: Radio As Paper

Tonight at SILENT ARMY STOREROOM: "8x3 Anthology by 8 authors. James Turek (usa) Timothy Kidd (nz) Fanny Grosshans (fr) Michael Fikaris (aus) Chris Gooch (aus) Lea Heinrich (ger) Stc019 (fr) Jerome Bihan (fr) The book is the sum of eight three hour stories existing as fragments of a fictional day. Also on the night will be 3 titles from the Radio as Paper catalogue of mini comics - 'cat buddy in crisis' by Anna Haifisch, 'candies' by Gwendoline Blosse and 'ricky & lyle' by Ralphi. Special books with special prices on launch night and signings!"

Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair 2015 part two

There were a lot more comic people at this years Sticky zine fair, apologies to the hundred odd folk I missed. Here's a few of the comics folk I managed to get holiday snaps of.

Rose Wu, Rosa Hughes-Currie and Linda Lew

Ben Juers and Michael Hawkins

Michael Fikaris

Merv Heers

Simon Hanselmann, JMKE, and HTML Flowers

Ele Jenkins

Nicky Minus and Bailey Sharp

Minicomics Mogul Andrew Fulton

Chris Gooch draws the zine scene

Phil Bentley

Jess Parker, Ben Hutchings, Scott Reid, and Captain David Blumenstein (focus optional)

Brendan Halyday and Frank Candiloro

Brent "The Destroyer" Willis

Ive Sorocuk

Jase Harper and James Andre

Nicky Minus and Sam Wallman

Bobby N

HTML Flowers

Marc Pearson

Tim Molloy

Not Michael Fikaris

After the wonderful afternoon selling good comics to good Melbourne folk, Brent Willis and I headed over to Port Melbourne to purchase healthy salads. In a terrifying confrontation we found Brent's toughest of the tough anti-anti-heroes from THRUST JUSTICE had escaped the page and entered our reality! We hastily purchased out healthy salads and retreated to the safety of my Art Deco apartment on the waterfront.

Thrust Justice in the "COMICS"

Thrust Justice in "THE REAL WORLD"

To learn more about Thrust Justice purchase a copy to read with your healthy salad from the Pikitia store.

Tonight at The State Library of Victoria: Ledger Awards

The revamped Ledger Awards are on tonight at the State Library of Victoria. The ceremony starts at 7:30pm and features a performance of the Shipwright and the Banshee by cartoonistmuso's Christopher Downes and Joshua Santospirito.

FB event page.

Among the sponsors of this years awards are the wonderful Jeffries Printing in Sydney. Admire their stunning Pat Grant graphics below:

The shortlist for the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards are:

Ambient Yeast. Pat Grant (self published)

The ANZAC Legend. Dave Dye (self published)

Art as Life. MP Fikaris (Silent Army)

At Work Inside Our Detention Centres: A Guard’s Story. Sam Wallman, Pat Grant et al. (The Global Mail)

Awkwood. Jase Harper (Milk Shadow Books)

Brothers. Andrew Fulton (self published)

Blood and Bone. Tom O’Hern (San Kessto)

Bug. Scarlette Baccini (self published)

Burger Force #15-18. Jackie Ryan (self published)

Captain Congo: The Perils of Pug. Ruth Starke, writer. Greg Holfeld, artist. (from The School Magazine)

Dark Hope Legacies. Phil Spinks, Chris James Melkizedek (Dark Hope Comics)

Dies Horny and Afraid. Andrew Fulton (self published)

Fortress of Regrets. Katie Parrish (self published)

Frankie Holliday. Nic Lawson (self published)

Gasoline Eye Drops. Chris Gooch (self published)

Gazer. Carla McRae (self published)

Gente Corriente. Vincent Zabus, writer. Thomas Campi, artist. (Ediciones La Cúpula)

In the Tasmania. Christopher Downes (self published)

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land Save Xmas. Dean Rankine (Action Lab/Danger Zone)

Kudelka and First Dog’s Spiritual Journey. Jon Kudelka and Andrew Marlton (self published)

Megahex. Simon Hanselmann (Fantagraphics)

Modern Polaxis. Sutu et al. (self published)

Monster Zero. Frank Candiloro (FrankenComics)

Mr Unpronounceable and the Sect of the Bleeding Eye. Tim Molloy (Milk Shadow Books)

Ned Kelly. Monty Wedd (Comicoz)

Neomad #3. Sutu & Love Punks (Gestalt)

OI OI OI #2 .Various (Comicoz)

Onna-bugeisha. Frank Candiloro (FrankenComics)

Pinocchio. David Chauvel, writer. Tim McBurnie, artist. (Editions Delcourt)

Pistoleras. Frank Candiloro (FrankenComics)

Seven #4. Alisha Jade (self published)

The Squidder. Ben Templesmith (44Flood/IDW)

Squishzine Brunstown. Various (Squishface Studio)

Teen Dog #1-3. Jake Lawrence (Boom! Studios)

Thistle. Sarah Howell (self published)

Tristian and the Gaza Strip. David Blumenstein (self published)

Two Posh Old Ladies Who Found Themselves in a Bit of a Zombie Apocalypse. Nic Lawson (self published)

Very Quiet, Very Still. Chris Gooch (Optic Pop)

We’m. Andrew Fulton (self published)

“When is A Door Not a Door?” Jen Breach, Douglas Holgate (from Explorer: The Hidden Doors, Amulet Books)