In Conversation with Thomas Campi
Italian graphic novelist and new permanent Australian resident Thomas Campi, in discussion with Julie Ditrich, talks about how he started in comics, how European artists move from journeymen and women to professionals, and provides insights into the delicate balance between romantic ideals and publishing realities.
Thomas will also discuss his latest works in progress: Truth, Justice and the American Way: The Joe Shuster Story, as well as Magritte, a journey into surrealism of Belgium artist René Magritte’s imaginative world.
Presenter: THOMAS CAMPI
Thomas Campi is an award-winning Italian graphic novelist who now resides in Sydney, Australia.
Thomas has been drawing comics for over 15 years, and his work has been published in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada, Brazil, and Korea by publishers such as Sergio Bonelli Editore (Italy), Ediciones La Cúpula, LeLombard (France-Belgium), Dupuis (France-Belgium), Munhakdongne (Korea), amongst others. His latest graphic novel Les Larmes De Seigneur Afghan, script by the RTBF (National Belgian Television) reporter Pascale Bourgaoux and Vincent Zabus, which was published for Dupuis Editions, has just been awarded the Cognito Prize as Best Documentary Graphic Novel at the Belgium Book Fair, as well as a Ledger Award. The book has also just been nominated as Best Reporting in Comics for the Prix France Info.
In May 2014 Thomas received the International Spectrum Fantastic Art 21 Gold Comic Award. His last solo exhibition was “Les Petites Gens” at the Comic Strip Center of Brussels, Belgium. He is currently working on a new graphic novel in collaboration with Vincent Zabus, which will be published in the Aire Libre Graphic Novel Collection of Dupuis Editions.
Host: JULIE DITRICH
Julie Ditrich is a professional writer/editor and comics creator. She is best known for her comic book writing on Elf~Fin: Hyfus & Tilaweed (Black Mermaid Productions), Dart – the mini series (Image Comics) and ElfQuest: WaveDancers (Warp Graphics) and has sold over 270,000 of her works around the world.
Julie is in demand for her professional development activities, and has presented comics workshops at various writers’ centres, festivals, libraries and pop culture events around Australia.