11 September 2010

Dark Contrasts

Damn Saturday afternoon Melbourne traffic. Every person was out on the roads being the dutiful consumer in shopping districts that I had to go through in order to get to Mandy Ord and Dillon Naylor's exhibition/talk... Just my luck.

I finally got there, but was late. What a buffoon. I got there just in time to catch Dillon's final words, so I didn't get any pics of him talking, which was a shame.

Then it was Mandy's turn to present/talk about her work as Dillon listened on...

Mandy going through the chronology of her comics through the years.

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I had a quick chat with both Mandy and Dillon after the show, and got to chew the comics fat briefly with them. Especially with Dillon, whom I've never really chatted to before, but who has a good and reserved confidence in his work.

As we chatted, we tended to agree that there hasn't been many comics/graphic novels in the last five years that have caught our eye in a major way. It's like there's all these indy publishers now and online comics, but nothing that has really made any big sound like the 80s or 90s. Maybe there's too much noise now. Everyone's doing it... maybe? Who knows. But Dillon remarked that that's probably a good sign in that it's a perfect time for comics to emerge while there's all this 'bubbling' and make an impact. Sounds like a solid idea to me. Hope it happens. Dillon mentioned the Heavy Metal comics and we both lit up... but we couldn't really think of any renaissance past that. Strange.

Anyway, it was a nice talk/presentation by Mandy... and I'm sure Dillon's was just as good too (sorry for being late). I highly recommend that you get down there and see their wonderful original works up on the walls before it all ends. You can even buy most of the artwork... A lot of it originally inked artwork too! What are you waiting for?

The exhibition is on until the 25th September. More details from the gallery's blog here.



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