Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Following from my earlier posting about the death of Australian comic artist, Reg Pitt, local journalist and pop culture enthusiast, Mark Juddery, has written an obituary for Reg, which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald (15 November 2010) and can also be read online.
And, just for the hell of it, I've posted a cover scan of Yarmak - Jungle King Comic No.6 (Young's Merchandising Co., late 1940s), which was one of the comics that Reg collaborated on with his older brother, Stanley Pitt. Enjoy!
Is the graphic novel becoming a socially accepted - even respectable - medium in Australia? It might be some time before we see an Australian graphic novel walk away with the Miles Franklin Literary Award, but the medium is inching towards legitimacy in this country, if last night's special edition of the First Tuesday Book Club (ABC 1, Tuesday 16 November)is anything to go by.
Host Jennifer Byrne held a roundtable discussion on the 'state of the art(form)' with local graphic novel luminaries Nicki Greenberg (The Great Gatsby, Hamlet), Bruce Mutard (The Sacrifice, The Silence), Eddie Campbell (From Hell) and Sophie Cunningham (editor of the literary magazine, Meanjin). It was a generally interesting discussion, which centred around the medium's perennial 'hybrid' status (i.e. are graphic novels art/literature/both?) and its unique creative process. For those who missed last night's broadcast, you can view it online.