The Perth Comic Arts Festival is a free festival dedicated to comic books and comic book artists. The very first Perth Comic Arts Festival was held in June 2018 at Edith Cowan University in Mount Lawley. After a successful debut, the Perth Comic Arts Festival will be returning to the ECU Campus in Mount Lawley on Saturday, 6 July 2019 from 10am to 4pm.
The plan is for the festival to become an annual event held every year around the same time and for it to be paired with an academic symposium run by ECU every second year.
The PCAF Festival Day will be suitable for comic book makers and comic book enthusiasts of all ages. The event will be wheelchair accessible and there will be a café open serving food and drinks. The best thing about the festival is that all of the activities and events planned for the day will be free to attend.
Here are some of the things planned for the PCAF Festival Day:
The Market Hall is a place where local and interstate artists can set up shop to sell their comics, artwork and merchandise. This is going to be huge. There will be over 50 artists in attendance showcasing their work. Some of the artists who will be there include Sarah Winifred Searle, Brenton McKenna, Alex E Clarke and Rachel Ang.
There will be workshops held on the day for those interested in exploring their creativity and learning about comic book making. The classes will be suitable for all ages and will explore a number of different topics.
Some of the classes that will be on offer include:
Make Your Own Viewmaster Reel! - a workshop with Emilie Walsh
In this class, you will learn how to use colour and shapes and old photo slides to design and create your own Viewmaster reel. Create your own short narrative with seven slides of the reel or just have fun.
Comics Fundamentals - a workshop with Campbell Whyte
This workshop will teach you all about the comic making progress. Campbell Whyte will walk you through the process of crafting a comic and explain how to write with pictures and draw with words.
Drawing the Land - a workshop with Pat Grant
In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to develop the drawing, observation, research and analytical tools to enable you to create authentic visual landscape representations in your comics.
There will be artist talks held during the festival for those who want to hear experienced comic book artists talk about their passions.
One of the talks scheduled to be held will be:
Comics and Theatre – Merging Forms at Frankies – a talk with Libby Klysz & Andrei Buters.
Associate Producer Libby Klysz and cartoonist Andrei Buters will share their knowledge on experimental theatre, illustration, storytelling, multidisciplinary collaborations and their experience working on a 2018 theatre show that featured some of Perth's most talented improv comedy actors and live comics.
If you would like to attend a workshop or artist talk, no registration will be necessary just come along on the day of the festival. A schedule containing more detail about the events will be released on the PCAF social media accounts and sent out in the festival newsletter before the festival day. There will also be promos sent out on the PCAF social media accounts. To sign up to the Perth Comic Arts Festival Newsletter, click here.
There will also be two exhibitions held during the PCAF festival to highlight comics as an art form. Those exhibitions will be:
Sequence and Consequence Where: Galley 25, Building 10, ECU Mount Lawley When: Opening event Friday, 5 July 2019. The exhibition runs 6 - 20 July 2019 Details: Sequence and Consequence focuses on motherhood and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of artist Mary Kelly's seminal conceptual work Post-Partum Document. The exhibition will explore the overlap between conceptual sequential art and comic making and will feature works from Leonie Brialey, Vanessa Wallace, Gabby Loo, Sharon Callow, Meg O'Shea, Jessica McLeod, Emma Lashmar, Sue Starcken, Shona McGregor, Lilly Blue, Jo Pollitt, Lynnette Kohler, Denise Pepper, Pat Grant, Leela Corman, Campbell Whyte and Emily Ten Raa.
For more information about Sequence and Consequence check out Facebook.
The other exhibition will be:
Any Reading Order Where: Spectrum Project Space, Building 3.191, 2 Bradford Street, Edith Cowan University Campus, Mount Lawley, Western Australia. When: Opening event Friday, 5 July 2019. the exhibition runs from 6 - 25 July 2019 Details: Any Reading Order is an exhibition that celebrates how comics have become a form of visual art and a popular medium to tell stories and are having a strong influence on popular culture and literature. Come and see artwork by Bruce Mutard, Hien Pham, Elizabeth Marruffo, Campbell Whyte, Alyce Sarich and more.
For more information about Any Reading Order, check out Facebook.