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Comic books in the eyes of the general public were once thought to be the sole preserve of geeks but that is no longer the case.
In 2014, six of the top ten grossing films were linked to a graphic novel. To Hollywood at least, graphic novels are no longer something merely of niche appeal - they are now a mainstream business commodity to be mined for success.
Join Dr Kevin Patrick (graphic novel scholar) in conversation with Dr John Lenarcic (RMIT School of Business IT and Logistics) as they wonder out loud about the past, present and future of comics in business and culture.
Dr Kevin Patrick is an academic researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. A former freelance journalist, magazine editor and comic-book publisher, he received his PhD from Monash University in 2014. He has a longstanding interest in Australian comics and curated the exhibition, Heroes and Villains: Australian Comics and their Creators, which was held at the State Library of Victoria (Oct 2006 - Feb 2007). He wrote two children's books, “Airborne Australia” and “Prehistoric Australia” (both illustrated by Doug Holgate), which were published by Random House Australia in 2007-2008.
Dr Patrick has published widely on Australian comics and other forms of popular print culture for peer-reviewed academic journals and Australia and abroad. Dr Patrick also maintains a blog, Comics Down Under, which is devoted to the history of Australian comic books.