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The Perth Comic Arts Festival (PCAF) at ECU will host the Australian Comics Symposium on 29 June, 2018. Researchers of all disciplines, as well as unaffiliated comics artists, comics historians and critics are invited to attend. Keynote speaker for the symposium will be Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane (University of Melbourne/Comic Art Workshop).

The expected topics for the symposium include, but are not limited to:

  • Comics as the products of Australian culture(s). Are there common themes, structures, devices?
  • Recent changes in comics and how these are reflected in Australia.
  • The growth of (otherwise) marginalized voices.
  • The visual in Australian comics. Questions of visual styles and techniques.
  • (Im)materiality in Australian comics.
  • Web comics or a return to the hand-made object as part of the zeitgeist.
  • The blurry edges between comics, zines, games.
  • Preserving the history and ensuring the future of Australian comics.
  • The role of libraries, museums, galleries and the Web.


Symposium Co-chair

Associate Professor Stuart Medley, Edith Cowan University

Symposium Co-chair

Mr Bruce Mutard

Program/review committee

Mr Bruce Mutard

Dr Marcella Polain

Dr Paul Uhlmann

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