November 1-14, Tasmania, Australia

The Comic Art Workshop is an artist-in-residence program for graphic storytellers. The organisation provides emerging artists in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia with an opportunity to workshop their projects with local cartoonists, comics educators and international guests.

We bring talented cartoonists together for two-week residencies to develop ambitious projects. The Workshop is a space to draw, write, think, share skills, build friendships and collaborate.

Our 2017 residency will be held in Yogjakarta, a city in central Java, Indonesia. Our first residency in November 2015 was held on Maria Island, a national park about 100km from Hobart, Tasmania.

We bring famous cartoonists to the region to work with local artists. Leading the workshop in 2015 were our international Master Artists Leela Corman and Tom Hart. Corman and Hart are acclaimed cartoonists, and founders of a pioneering institution in comics education. Also facilitating the residencies are workshop directors Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane of Melbourne University and Australian cartoonist Pat Grant.

Our residency program is designed to help graphic storytellers develop their practice. We recognise that there is little support for cartoonists making the transition from smaller projects to the more ambitious projects that literary markets now demand. Our idea is to help graphic storytellers in Australia and New Zealand develop ambitious projects using the kind of practical workshopping tools familiar to novelists, screenwriters and theatre makers. We want to establish a common language for workshopping and editing graphic narratives as works in progress.

We're here to help incubate a new generation of world class comics.