Outside the Frame
Nova Blakley + Jessica Walton + Alyssa Mason + Lauren Boyle + Dr Paul Mason
Brisbane Square Library
Love YA / Free event
#About the event
Duration: 60 minutes
Discover some of this country's most exciting voices in the graphic novel and comics sector. What works best when using this storytelling medium?
Lauren Boyle, Alyssa Mason, Jessica Walton, Dr Paul Mason
Chair: Nova Blakley
Proudly supported by Griffith University.
Nova is an avid reader and writer who enjoys fiction, especially fantasy series. They love Mythology, magic and animals of all kinds, and are currently in the process of writing their own novel. As of now, they are in grade 10 in school and want to be a film director and author once they graduate.
Jessica Walton is a queer, disabled writer and speaker. They co-wrote an episode of Get Krack!n focused on disability, which aired on ABC in 2019. They are the author of graphic novel Stars In Their Eyes, with artwork by Aśka (Fremantle Press 2021) and Introducing Teddy, illustrated by Dougal MacPherson (Bloomsbury 2016). Jess also has two short stories for teens and kids published in Australian anthologies Funny Bones (Allen and Unwin 2019) and Meet Me at the Intersection (Fremantle Press 2018), as well as poetry in anthologies, magazines and journals.
I was born in Mparntwe – Alice Springs. My family is from the Pitjantjatjara Lands in Central Australia. I started to draw a lot when I was eight years of age. My love of Anime and Shōnen Manga, fantasy, comic books and movies influence how I write and draw. My family and friends support me to follow my dream, which is to create graphic novels and draw ‘amazing’ illustrations.
My family is from Alice Springs – Mparntwe. I now live in Adelaide with my father and younger siblings. I love to write stories about dark fantasy/dystopian fiction and apocalyptic worlds. I have always loved reading and writing as it’s a good way to get my head off things and just relax. My family are from Arrernte and Jingili Lands in the Northern Territory.
Dr Paul Mason
Dr. Paul Mason is an award-winning cartoonist, lecturer, and animation concept designer. He has worked freelance for Frew Publications as a comic book writer, artist and character designer on The Phantom, the all-ages Kid Phantom series with writer Andrew Constant, and the official tabletop board game The Phantom: Treasures of Drakon, all licensed by King Features. Paul’s story he wrote and drew for the 2019 Phantom Annual issue #1830 won a Bronze Ledger/CAAA Award in 2020 for excellence in Australian comics. He has worked for Australian comic book publisher Gestalt comics (The Eldritch Kid: Bone War graphic novel, Talgard), and A Stark Productions (The Deep animated series season 4). His creator-owned comic The Soldier Legacy featured in a national TV campaign for Australian company YOUI Insurance in 2011. Paul works in comics ranging in action/adventure, semi-historical, young readers, and also medical-based comics for TX! Mag for HepatitisNSW/The NSW Ministry of Health. Since 2012, Paul has lectured at Griffith University; he teaches storyboarding, art direction, animation pre-production, comics, life drawing and visual storytelling as part of the Bachelor of Animation program at the Griffith Film School. Paul’s work has been on public display at the Jilin International Animation Festival in China, the Papercuts Comics Festival in South Australia, Brisbane Square Library, and the 2022 Australian Comics exhibition by Illustrate Your Life in Thailand, in partnership with the Australian Embassy.