Aussie Comic Creators: Wonder Women – Australian women making waves in the comics industry
CANBERRA – A special event to coincide with International Women’s Day!
Impact Comics, Canberra’s fastest growing comics and pop culture store, is hosting a celebration of Aussie women in comics. Four of Australia’s most successful comic creators will all be appearing for one day only on Saturday 11th of March, 2006 from 12:20 pm and will be available to sign comics and have a chat to people new to or familiar with comics. The all female line up of comic creators, comprising of Queenie Chan, Trudy Cooper, Liz Argall and Nicola Scott demonstrate how wide and varied the comic industry is and the growing strength and diversity of women’s voices in comics.
Impact Comics managers Kam Noack and Mal Briggs are proud to be sharing this event with the people of Canberra, “I’m very excited that these creators could find the time to come to Canberra and meet their fans,” said Mal. “This is a great opportunity for people of all ages to get a new perspective on comics and the creative process.”
Kam added, “These women are all highly regarded in their respective areas and they are all quite young so it’ll be exciting to see where go from here.”
Trudy Cooper is the writer, artist and co-creator of “Platinum Grit,” one of Australia’s most popular independent comics of the last ten years. ‘Platinum Grit’ was originally printed for ten issues and distributed through comic shops and newsagents during the 90’s. To the delight of many fans new “virtual issues” of Platinum Grit have recently been published online allowing a new international audience to discover the quirky tales. The earlier issues have also become available as trade paperback collections, although normally only available through online distribution Impact Comics have secured Platinum Grit Tade Paperback collections volumes one and two. Trudy’s website is www.platinumgrit.com
Queenie Chan was born in 1980 in Hong Kong, before emigrating to Australia at the age of six and is a self taught artist and story teller. After publishing several manga stories online she created ‘The Dreaming,’ a manga style thriller about a haunted boarding school in country NSW. ‘The Dreaming’ is being published by Tokyopop, one of the USA’s leading publishers of English translations of manga. Volume one of ‘The Dreaming’ is currently available with volumes 2 and 3 forthcoming. Queenie’s website is www.queeniechan.com
Liz Argall was also born in 1980, but claims Canberra as her place of origin and current residence. With a talent for writing and a passion for comics, she has contributed to many Australian comic anthologies including ‘Dreams of Tomorrow’ (which she also published), ‘Something Wicked,’ ‘Eat Comics’ and ‘Pirates’. “It’s great to have the opportunity to promote comics and encourage people to see the diverse range of literature and art contained within comics that goes far beyond the world of superheroes. It’s a really dynamic artform and it’s really exciting to see the range of stories and themes that comics are now exploring – from visual journalism and other areas of non-fiction, through to love stories, westerns, gritty urban realism, chickensoup for the soul and fun romps for all ages. It’s also great to be able to hang out with some women I really respect and admire, and to hopefully encourage more women to get involved with comics.” Liz’s website is www.ozgamer.net/confluence/display/liz/Home
Nicola Scott grew up in Syndey, Australia, on an unhealthy diet of 70’s American TV where her fetish for people in shiny outfits with amazing powers germinated. And, coming from an artistic family, there was rarely a time when she didn’t have a pencil or paint brush in her hand and was always encouraged to use them.
Afer a couple of mini careers modelling, acting and costume designing, she moved into the comic book industry in 2001 with work for Australian publisher, Phosphorescent Comics, then spent a couple of years living in New York City chasing the dream. Recently Nicola has worked for Dark Horse (Star Wars: Empire and Free Comic Book Day issue), Top Cow (Proximity Effect), Powerful Press (Nocturnal Essence), ATP (Halloween Man).
Most current; “Season of the Witch” from Image comics has hit the stands and Nicola has just finished work on the “Illyria” one-shot for IDW based on characters from Joss Whedon’s very popular TV series Angel, to be published in April. She was recently featured in Wizard magazine as a “Talent to Watch”.
Impact Comics is Canberra’s fastest growing comic and pop culture shop, conveniently located at Bay 3 of the Civic Bus interchange. Since September 2004 Impact Comics has been the only comic shop in Canberra City Centre and has hosted several signing events featuring such popular comic creators as Ben Hutchings, Jason Paulos and Jon Sommariva as well as contributors from Lip Magazine and The Canberra Speculative Fiction Guild. Kam Noack and Mal Briggs have been involved with comics for years as both avid readers and retailers.
For more information please contact Impact Comics on (02) 6248 7335
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