Premiere from filmmaker Daniel Hayward and comic book maker Bernard Caleo.
It examines the amazing comic book culture in Melbourne. We speak in particular with Nicki Greenberg, Pat Grant, and Mandy Ord about their life and work.
The film also features interviews with international comic book luminaries Scott McCloud, Paul Gravett, Dylan Horrocks and Shaun Tan.
Soundtrack by Martin Martini, poster by Pat Grant.
Date: Thursday 22 November 2012
Time: 8.30pm for 8.45pm speeches for 9pm film start
Place: Tyne Street laneway next to Readings bookshop 309 Lygon Street Carlton
(if it’s a wet night, we have a cinema booked at Cinema Nova)
Price: free, but please book through Readings on 9347 6633 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: the film has been invited to Angouleme.
I wrote to you last week about ‘Graphic Novels! Melbourne!’, the feature documentary made by Daniel Hayward and myself, about comics culture in Melbourne, and in particular about comic book makers Nicki Greenberg, Bruce Mutard, Pat Grant and Mandy Ord, and their amazing graphic novels. I invited you to the premiere of the film, which is going to be in the laneway next to Readings bookshop 309 Lygon Street Carlton on Thursday 22 November 2012 at 8.30pm. Remember? You wrote it all down in your diary!
Well, now for some NEW news about the film – It has been accepted to screen at next year’s Angouleme Comics Festival, the (ahem) biggest comics festival in Europe! Now this is really great news – it means that we will get a chance to screen the film at one of the most important comics gatherings in the world! ‘Graphic Novels! Melbourne!’ will get shown to an international audience, and will give them a flavour of what is happening here, comics-wise. And yes, Daniel and I want to take the film there ourselves, to introduce it, to promote it, to watch it alongside people from other comic book cultures and see what chords it hits with them. We also have plans to take it to other places in Europe – we’ll let you know about these as they are confirmed…
The Festival runs January 31 – February 3 2012, so we have been booking accommodation and tickets and realising that this requires money, something which we have run out of. Enter Pat Grant, stage left. With Leigh Rigozzi, he has printed up 86 x A3 size copies of his magnificent and masterful poster for the film on the Risograph printer at the Rizzeria up in Sydney. And he’s GIVEN us these posters to sell to raise funds to help get Dan and I over to Europe with the film under our four arms. Thank you so much, Pat.
So: if YOU’D like an A3 Riso print of the ‘Graphic Novels! Melbourne!’ poster – designed, drawn, printed, signed and numbered by Pat Grant – AND you’d like to help Dan and I go over to Europe to show the film to those Europeans, please go and buy one from our pozible crowdfunding site:
You can also find there links to Pat’s blog about making the poster, and photos of the printing process at the Rizzeria.
Dan and I would really appreciate your support, and you’ll have a beautiful thing in your life.
I attach the image below, to remind you of the fine vision of a comics Melbourne that Pat portrays.
Hope to see you at a screening of the film in this year or the next, on this continent or another.