14 April 2008
The last of 4 free events (presented by Nakedfella Productions) at the Trades Hall and part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, was on this Saturday afternoon.
Arrived at the event, scoped the room for any familiar faces...
...and saw some relaxing near the cool open window. Trev (not in pic) also dropped in later.
There was also plenty of local comicbook talent in the audience watching and supporting.
The show got underway with organiser David Blumenstein directing the questions and presentation. Andrew Weldon (newspaper/strip cartoonist) and Nicki Greenberg (Author of the comicbook adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby') were the show this week.
Andrew Weldon & Nicki Greenberg answering questions.
During the show, among many topics about motivation, comics, humor, work modes, etc - the panelists discussed their difficulties in sometimes drawing hands, feet, or whatever. After the show I asked Jason Franks, Colin Wilson & Greg Gates whether they think it's 'easier' to avoid criticism from the public if your cartooning style is 'less' realistic. (ie. Drawing a very 'cartoony' version of a sensitive issue, as opposed to a more realistic drawing style of the same sensitive issue). I think of creators such as Ivan Brunetti & Johnny Ryan who are generally seen as funny, and who have a funny drawing style (yes i know the 'aim' of their work is humor), but i wondered if they'd have the same leeway if their style was more realistic - say, like Colin's work.
Hmm. Interesting thought...
Anyway - this was all prompted by the panels' discussion of 'correct' drawing. I personally think that the 'realism' doesn't matter as much as the 'style'. As long as the thumb isn't on the wrong side of the hand, etc - it should work.
After the show, many people chatting and mingling.
The front desk where David had many local comicbooks for sale. Bought 2 myself, which were great.
My fudgy camera taking a shot without flash, though Nicki was too quick for me ...
...and again 'with' flash - on a setting that would capture her quickness.
Afterward, Nicki Greenberg came up to us at our table by the window to hand us her business cards (which we asked for because they looked great), and chatted about her published (Gatsby) and upcoming (Hamlet) work.
Nicki is energised about it all in a way that warms the heart. When listening to her, it just re-affirms to me that this seemingly esoteric form that many of us tell our stories in - is still 'it' for me. She's gone from a full-time 9-5 job that most of us toil under where she 'trickled' in the 'Great Gatsby' story over a number of years, to part-time work where she devotes and (gleefully) gets consumed by her book. The passion is still there, growing and looks like it'll never end.
Something I happily relate to.
And don't care.