Paper Trail

Sissy Blvd - Lee lai, Sam Wallman, Katie Parrish, and Merv Heers.

Lee Lai, Katie Parrish, Merv Heers and Sam Wallman are queer cartoonists based in Melbourne. Their drawings explore gender, sexuality, class, visibility, and the ways these themes overlap. Using The Substation's front gallery space and Transit Gallery billboards, this exhibition will examine remnants of gay liberation, reflections on contemporary queer assimilation and resilience, mincing the fine line between subtlety and obviousness.

Time: Opening Thurs 15 Jan | 6pm-8pm
running until Sun 15 March.

Supported by Hobsons Bay City Council. Part of GoWest and Midsumma Festival 2015.

It's good for your well-being to look at the gorgeous primary colours of Australian comics from yesterday.

2014 in Review: Ryan K. Lindsay

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2014?

Kickstarting DEER EDITOR to success was huge because I'm super proud of that book and it was an insane fun experience. Then seeing 5 issues of HEADSPACE out the door was a great experience and lesson in making comics. Being published by Vertigo Comics is the sort of bucket list item I didn't think I'd possibly ever tick off, and to then have that boxing noir short partner me up with Tommy Lee Edwards and John Workman was beyond insane. And the final one I cannot divulge but let's just say it was my main goal going into 2015 and I landed it (yay!).

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2014?

I am pretty sure HAWKEYE has been my favourite book of 2014, with each issue a crazy process bonanza to study. Closely behind it is DEADLY CLASS which kinda came out of nowhere and stole my heart only to stomp on it to a dark punk beat. D4VE was rdiculously funny while also rocking the bombastic action beats. HIGH CRIMES, STRANGE NATION, FATALE, SEX CRIMINALS, RAT QUEENS, SHELTERED, EAST OF WEST, DAREDEVIL, ELEKTRA, FIVE GHOSTS, THE MASSIVE. Surely others I am forgetting.

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2014?  

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is my top flick of the year. Just perfectly in my wheelhouse with a 70s spy vibe over some great visual set pieces. Wait, but that's a comics movie, huh, so I shouldn't say certain episodes of THE WALKING DEAD and AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. have greatly pleased me. Hrmmm, WORDS FOR PICTURES was a great non-fic book...about making comics. Oh, I know, the SERIAL podcast really has been rocking my socks off, weekly. Also, my wife and kids are not comics, and I dig them :)

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

More writing. And actually getting paid for the pleasure. Some great books coming from mates Paul Allor, Ryan Ferrier, Ed Brisson, Kurtis Wiebe. I am strangely excited about the ANT-MAN flick. Finally putting out a trade of my own work. Maybe getting some sleep, and work/life/writing balance. Oh, the DAREDEVIL TV show on Netflix is going to be a religious experience for me.

2015 looks like it'll already be a quality follow up to 2014. I know sequels aren't often good, or better, but I have high hopes for us all.

Ryan K. Lindsay