Laaaadies and Gentlemennn…

I am very proud of this years Graphic program. It’s the culmination
of a massive amount of work by Ben Marshall, myself and so many
talented and creative people at Sydney Opera House. In many instances
the artists involved have put hours and hours of work into crafting
new things for you and I cannot wait to see and hear what will unfold
this year. I hope you enjoy this years Graphic.

Featuring the biggest program in the festival’s history,
GRAPHIC’s sixteen specially commissioned works will showcase
legendary figures from the print, pixel and pop worlds, showcasing
these art forms from the stages of Sydney Opera House.

Unlike any other festival in the world, this festival of firsts
includes three world premieres, four Australian debuts and sixteen
Sydney exclusives.

Opening this year’s festival is Emmy Award-winning stop-animation
TV series Robot Chicken, that will be brought to life by co-creators
Seth Green (Austin Powers, Family Guy, Buffy the Vampire Slayer),
Matt Senreich, Tom Root and a host of their closest collaborators,
who will take audiences behind-the-scenes of the sketch comedy

Twenty-two years after the release of his Pulitzer Prize-winning
graphic novel MAUS – a pioneering work that changed the definition
of comics forever – seminal artist, historian and theorist Art
Spiegelman will make his long awaited Australian debut with
WORDLESS!, an innovative hybrid of slides, talk and musical
performance created with acclaimed jazz composer Phillip Johnston.

Graphic and rock universes will collide as Grant Morrison, the
visionary writer behind The Invisibles, Batman: Arkham Asylum, New
X-Men and All-Star Superman is joined by Gerard Way, ex My Chemical
Romance front man turned Eisner award-winning comic artist (Umbrella
Academy) in Grant Morrison with Gerard Way, an in-depth conversation
of Rock’n’Roll proportions.

Chart-topping Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi will make his
highly-anticipated Australian debut in this exclusive GRAPHIC
commission, Ludovico Einaudi with Visuals by Claudio Sinatti.
Performing from his life-long songbook of euphoric piano ballads and
classic film soundtracks (Black Swan, J. Edgar), and collaborating
with Italian artist Claudio Sinatti, the Concert Hall will be
transformed by the cinematic proportions of this festival finale.

A genre-melting feast of soul, samples and the lushest of film
scores, Ninja Tune visionaries The Cinematic Orchestra will make
their Concert Hall debut, with a career-spanning performance The
Cinematic Orchestra featuring 40-piece Sydney International Orchestra
with specially commissioned visuals.

In a world premiere live performance, GRAPHIC presents Dave McKean: 9
Lives, the newest project from multidisciplinary genius Dave McKean.
Dave is the cover artist behind Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman,  Batman:
Arkham Asylum, and artist for everyone from The Rolling Stones to
Heston Blumenthal. Making his Sydney debut, 9 Lives features six
original McKean songs performed live by an ensemble orchestrated by
Iain Bellamy (ECM) and three original stories narrated by the British
artist all set to a film composed of live action, animation and comic

From being Editor-In-Chief at both Marvel and DC, the legendary
Wolverine and Swamp Thing co- creator and The Will Eisner Comic
Awards Hall of Famer Len Wein, will reveal his creative process in a
one-off Q&A session exclusive to GRAPHIC, Workshop: Len Wein AND a
free event, Creator Focus on Len Wein.

In the intimate Workshop: Comics with Luke Pearson, the Hildafolk
creator and an illustrator behind the Cartoon Network’s hit series
Adventure Time, British artist Luke Pearson will divulge the creative
process behind his comic book craft and how he shot to success.

Four of the most exciting voices in graphic art including The New
Yorker’s Art Editor Françoise Mouly, Nobrow’s Sam Arthur, editor
of DC’s Watchmen series Len Wein, and curator-publisher from
Australia’s Blood & Thunder, Leigh Rigozzi will take part in Panel:
The Arts of Publishing & Editing – discussing the art, history and
future of publishing and editing.

Join three of the planet’s masters of graphic narrative in Panel: The
Creation Myth – How These Artists Breathe New Worlds to Life.
Featuring visionary writer Grant Morrison, comic industry legend Len
Wein, and graphic artist Dave McKean. Creating worlds, creating
characters that will resonate with truth, inheriting a storyline…
How do you start? Where do you end? How is respect paid to those past
and future? Should you even care? Get an inside view into how these
artists approach creation. Does it fall out on the page, or is it 99%
perspiration. May tales from the trenches abound. These pioneers will
delve deep within the fundamental issues of character creation,
plot-lines and the worlds they exist in, in this exclusive GRAPHIC

Find out how animation rules the lives of the people who create it,
in Panel: An Animated Life,
Feat: Stoopid Buddy Studios (the crew behind Robot Chicken), The
Incredibly Short Film Festival/Sixty Fourty, Luke Pearson (Adventure
Time) and Animal Logic.
Stop-motion chaos, a GIF Film Festival, storyboarding for Adventure
Time, and Australia’s leading animation studio. These four entities
have vastly differing approaches to the animated medium yet all are
providing something of a unique quality to the medium. Chew the fat
with this team of experts as they spill the beans onhow animation has
ruled their lives.

GRAPHIC goes under the stage and screen in this in-depth discussion
Panel: Sound & Image, featuring critically acclaimed, chart topping
Italian composer Ludovico Einaudi, and the score- bending soul leader
of The Cinematic Orchestra, Jason Swinscoe.

Breaking all the old-world rules of running a label and independent
publishing house, Nobrow’s co- founder Sam Arthur will share with
audiences the creative collective’s DIY beginnings and what keeps
them ahead of the comic book curve, in this free event Label Focus:
Nobrow Comics.

Australia’s Academy Award-winning design, animation and visual
effects company Animal Logic will present Masterclass: Concept Design
With Animal Logic, an exclusive masterclass and digital painting
session with two of their best concept designers Charles Santoso and
Kim Taylor.

After a sell-out show last year, Radio with Pictures returns in 2013
combining writers, radio makers, musicians, comic and graphic artists
to create a radio hour like no other. Hosted by television and radio
broadcaster Fenella Kernebone, stories include contributions from
actor/ producer/writer Claudia Karvan and artist Gria Shead, songman
Don Walker (Cold Chisel) with animator Marieka Walsh, writer/editor
Sam Cooney (the Lifted Brow), writer/editor Lorelei Vashti and more.

WHEN: Friday 4 – Monday 7 October, 2013
WHERE: Sydney Opera House, various
TICKETS: Tickets go on sale from Friday 2 August
TWITTER: @graphicfestival

Natasha Bowron, Senior Publicist
e. / t. 02 9250 7822 / m. 0401 206 657

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