Comic Art Workshop is an artists' residency for graphic storytellers. We provide emerging artists in Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia with an opportunity to workshop ambitious projects with other cartoonists, comics educators and international guests.
Cartoonists working in their studios spend a lot of time focused on the little pictures, but our residency is a space for cartoonists to think about the big picture. We bring talented cartoonists together for two weeks every other year to develop major comics projects. The residency is a place to meet other artists, draw, write, share skills, talk and collaborate.
Our 2017 residency will be held at Krack Studio in Yogyakarta, a city in central Java, Indonesia. "Jogja" is the Indonesian centre for painters, sculptors, printmakers, and scribblers of all kinds.
Our first residency in November 2015 was held on Maria Island, a national park about 100km from Hobart, Tasmania.
We bring leading international authors to the region to work with local artists. Leading the workshop in 2017 are Sarah Glidden and Sonny Liew. 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 Australasia develop ambitious projects using the kinds 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.