Is there such a thing as ‘Australian comics’?
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics
Taylor & Francis
School of Arts and Humanities
This is the introduction to a special issue of the Journal featuring the academic papers from the Australian Comics Symposium at the inaugural Perth Comic Arts Festival (PCAF), 2018. The symposium’s call for papers focused on comics as the products of Australian culture(s). This introduction gives historical context for Australian comics. Australian comics makers have established their identity on the international stage throughout the 20th Century and into the present. Notable are May Gibbs, Yaroslav Horak, Nicola Scott, Tom Taylor and Shaun Tan, among many. Articles in the issue describe a literary workshop for the graphic novel; working with university students new to the medium of graphic novels; close readings of Shaun Tan’s The Arrival and Pat Grant’s Blue, and the work of Tommi Parrish; and finally, the application of comics in legal contracts.