Contemporary Australian Comics 1980 – 2020: A New History

The Contemporary Australian Comics project aims to document, preserve and investigate a new history of contemporary Australian comics and graphic novels from 1980 to 2020.

In tracing the development of technologies and communities in the comics industry, this project expects to generate new knowledge about the narrative innovations Australian comics use to reflect diverse national identities and cultures in contemporary Australian society. By recovering, consolidating and providing public access to contemporary Australian comics in the form of a website, articles, and a series of public programs, this project should feed the future of Australian comics industries and scholarship, providing significant benefit to Australian artists, readers, and the public.

Researchers include: Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane (The University of Melbourne), Dr Ronnie Scott (non/fictionLab, RMIT University), Dr Patrick Grant (University of Technology Sydney) and Mr Gabriel Clark (University of Technology Sydney).

Publications and public engagement relevant to this project include:

Three members of the research team - Ronnie Scott, Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane and Gabriel Clark - at an audio recording workshop. Photo by Pat Grant Three members of the research team - Ronnie Scott, Dr Elizabeth MacFarlane and Gabriel Clark - at an audio recording workshop. Photo by Pat Grant
Project banner drawn by researcher Pat Grant Project banner drawn by researcher Pat Grant

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.