Australian Cartoonists’ Caravan of Comics Stops at Quimby’s 5/9

Quimby’s Bookstore

Australia’s premier independent comic creators are hitting the road for three weeks in three small cars, stopping at Quimby’s on May 9th! Join us in welcoming:

Pat Grant – artist-writer­surfer whose debut graphic novel Blue (Top Shelf) about localism and racism may turn out to be the Great Australian  Graphic Novel

Ben Hutchings – a cartoonist whose softly spoken manner belies a surprisingly cheeky streak that  informs some of the funniest comics in the world

Andrew Fulton – a quiet and unassuming cartoonist whose wordless action comics are breathtaking in their inventiveness and sense of play with the form

Mandy Ord – whose  autobiographical comics about life in suburban Melbourne (including the recent “Sensitive Creatures”) are consistently some of Australia’s most  accomplished sequential storytelling

Douglas Holgate – part Viking, all cartoonist – is the Caravan’s most established member having  published numerous children’s titles both in Australia and overseas. His lively style speaks to an enormous enthusiasm for comics.

Sarah Howell – best known as 2009-2010 Co-Director of the National Young Writers’ Festival, is an accomplished illustrator whose style is sometimes whimsical, sometimes grounded, and always stunning.

David Blumenstein – the cartoonist behind the long-running comedy series The Bret Braddock Adventures; a comic that mines humor from the guts-­tearing feeling you get when you’re being taken  advantage of by a boss who hasn’t paid you in two months.

Gregory Mackay – makes award-­winning comics about a strange kind of everyday­ness that are both quietly desperate and charmingly beautiful. His long running Francis Bear is published in French through The Hoochie Coochie.

Michael Hawkins – tells stories of teen dramas and suburban explorers told in a visual style that drips and bleeds from one panel into the next through Hawkin’s amazing ink and watercolours. Hawkin’s style is completely unique.

Jen Breach – a short, bespectacled Australian based in New York City, writes comics about ordinary children in extraordinary circumstances, collaborating with a number of talented cartoonists (including some on the Caravan).and special guest star Roadie, the Caravan is delighted to include John Retallick, presenter of 3CR radio’s long-running “The Comic Spot.”

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