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TheComicSpot 201509 - Sarah Firth
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September 20, 2015 08:02 AM PDT
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Sarah Firth is a cartoonist, graphic recorder, animator and all round creative dynamo who revels in the creative process. In Hobart for the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival it was a pleasure to finally meet her after following her work online and on the comics page since 2010.

We spoke about graphic recording, collaborating with family, where ideas come from and more. Find her on FB as Sarah Catherine Firth and do go check out www.sarahthefirth.com

TheComicSpot201508 - Jan Bauer
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September 14, 2015 08:03 AM PDT
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Jan Bauer is a German cartoonist, animator and painter. His book The Salty River depicts some of Jan's 23 day walk through the outback in the Northern Territory and what happened when a solo trek of self exploration turned into a more romantic adventure. Translated from the German and published by the new Australian graphic novel publishing house Twelve Panels Press The Salty River is book worth tracking down. Find out more and buy the book at http://www.twelvepanelspress.com/

TheComicSpot201507 - Katie Parrish
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September 14, 2015 06:39 AM PDT
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Katie Parrish is one of Australia's most dynamic and interesting cartoonists. Her work explores the emotional depths and inner truths of her characters. Dreamy line work and life giving colour only enhance her work. I enjoyed speaking to her and look forward to reading more of her work in the future.. Do yourself a great big favour and seek out her work. www.katieparrishtime.tumblr.com

TheComicSpot201506 - Paul Peart-Smith
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August 12, 2015 03:32 AM PDT
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I sat down one sunny Hobart winters day with Paul Peart-Smith. The cartoonist and animator has had a wide ranging career from his early days in the UK, through to working for 200AD and his recent fluids lines with his self published comics. Enjoy.

TheComicSpot 201505 - Alisha Jade
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July 15, 2015 05:43 PM PDT
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I had a great chat with Alisha Jade about her storytelling influences, about creating her comics, about organising events and her work shining a spotlight on women in comics in Australia. You should go a seek out her work.

Originally broadcast on EdgeRadio in Hobart in June 2015.

Go check out Alisha's work - www.ohmycomics.com

TheComicSpot201504 - Pat Armstrong on producing A Guard's Story
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June 15, 2015 08:55 AM PDT
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Recorded at the final night of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival.

Pat Armstrong was the producer of a great collaborative work of comics journalism entitled 'At Work Inside Our Detention Centre's: A Guard's Story' published originally on The Global Mail. Pat presented the annual PEN lecture for the Tasmanian Writers Centre in conjunction with Her Maj's festival in June 2015. He spoke about the process, the challenges, collaborating, keeping sources anonymous and the threat of jail if a similar story was attempted today.

TheComicSpot201503 - Nicki Greenberg on process and adaptation.
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June 15, 2015 08:51 AM PDT
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Recorded at the final night of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival. Graphic novelist and author Nicki Greenberg presented a talk exploring how she adapted The Great Gatsby and Hamlet to comic form and how these works captured her mind and soul during the process.

TheComicSpot201502 - MayEdgeRadio - JonKudelka,HerMajesty's
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June 15, 2015 08:24 AM PDT
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TheComicSpot is back on air monthly on EdgeRadio 99.3FM in Hobart, Tasmania. You can listen live on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm at edgeradio.org.au In the May program John speaks to Walkley award winning cartoonist Jon Kudelka about his carttoning journey and we get a rundown of the 2015 Her Majesty's Favourite Really Great Graphical Festival from director Josh Santospirito.

TheComicSpot201501 - EdgeRadioApril,GaryChaloner,JoshuaSantosprito
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June 15, 2015 08:20 AM PDT
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TheComicSpot is back on air monthly on EdgeRadio 99.3FM in Hobart, Tasmania. You can listen live on the third Tuesday of each month from 6-7pm at edgeradio.org.au

In the April program John speaks to Gary Chaloner about the 2015 Ledger awards and to Joshua Santospirito about his new graphic novella 'Swallows' and crowdfunding the new work.

TheComicSpot201311-2013 Final+Reviews
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January 10, 2014 01:15 AM PST
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TheComicSpot – Final 2013 podcast

Well happy New Year and I hope you’ve been free of technical difficulties over the holiday period. Because now that I am I can present the final podcast of 2013!

In this episode Gary and I talk about a few comics we’ve read and about some interesting things coming up in 2014.

Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann from Space Face Books. The continuing adventures of Megg, Mogg, Owl, Werewolf Jones and the gang are featured in this strong work from the breakout Australian cartoonist of 2013.

NY (New York) by Mandy Ord from Finlay Lloyd as well as stable mate Natalia Zajaz’s Nothing Ventured. NY is another strong autobio story from Ord where the one eyed girl with the big heart confronts the anxieties of presenting her work and hitting the streets of the big apple. Zajaz’s slices of Life aren’t as assured in the art department but nonetheless have a strong voice and keen observations.

We also have a quick run around a couple of minicomics of the month club comics, Happy Together Forever by Katie Parrish and Wake Up by Sarah Catherine Firth.

We chat about a few odds and ends that come into our minds and thanks all the publishers of Australian comics for putting their nose to the grindstone over the last 12 months and providing us readers with a great year to look back on.

Don’t forget to add any Australian comics released in 2013 to the Ledger Awards longlist.

 

Cheers

@John_Retallick

@garychaloner

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