Poetics in Cartooning

Pat Grant

Friday 30 April, 2010, from 3.30 to 5.30pm

Bon Marche Studio (UTS, Bldg. 3, Lvl. 1, Rm. 105)

Presentation: 20mins

My research is in and around poetics in comics with a particular focus on cartooning process. I’d like to do a presentation that unpacks the idea of an accent in cartooning, a concept that I’ve been thinking about for a while. Cartooning in the western tradition is a language developed in large North American or Western European cities and as such, the way that comics are both read and written is anchored in these locales. A challenge for cartoonist working outside these regions is to find new forms within the language that resonate with local landscapes. Looking at this concept of a cartooning accent requires a stripping back of the medium and provides a window into the fundamental mechanics of cartooning.

I’m a writer, cartoonist and PHD candidate at in media studies at Macquarie. My research is about process and poetics in comics. I’m working on a long-form comic story funded by a couple of literature grants from the Australia Council. It did my undergrad and honours at UTS and during that magical time I ate dumplings at the Chinese Noodle House at every possible occasions.

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