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State of the Nation: Local Comics Safdar Ahmed, Alisha Jade, James Andre & Sarah Howell

State of the Nation will explore inclusivity, diversity, community and creativity in comics.

GRAPHIC's intimate talks series returns with a free program hosted by devout tech-head and video game journalist, Rae Johnston (Gizmodo, triple j, NITV). Whether you wish to dissect a classic work or watch your favourite artists let loose on the world, pop up the Concert Hall stairs for some snappy chats coupled with one of the best views of the harbour.

     

     

     

In the Northern Foyer

Thanks to an endless stream of film franchises and reboots, comics are more popular than ever... but what does this mean for the independent spirit at the heart of the art? 

This panel will dissect sexism in comics with Platinum Ledger Award-winner Alisha Jade (Women in Comics Australia), why lurid storytelling matters to James Andre (Milk Shadow Books),

through to the political tensions illustrated in Safdar Ahmed’s work (Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre) and Sarah Howell (Melbourne’s Squishface Studio, co-director of National Young Writers’ Festival 2009-10).