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Read to me: comic book stories performed live

bookings required

05 May 2018, 6:30pm7:30pm
Location Experimedia
Main entry, Swanston St
Accessibility Has wheelchair access

Experience comic books in all their audio-visual glory – just as the author intended – as local comic book makers perform live readings of their work.

Read to me has been taking comics from the shelf to the stage in Sydney and Yogyakarta, and now it’s come to take Melbourne’s comic book scene by storm. So grab a seat and be drawn in (pun intended) as cartoonists read their work aloud while the images are projected on a giant screen. 

The selection of comics will include comic journalism, biography and fiction, sometimes all in the one piece. They’ll be personal and political, thoughtful and outrageous, hilarious and heartbreaking.

This event is introduced by Bernard Caleo and features magnificent visual storytellers from Melbourne and further afield. Readings are followed by an audience Q&A.


  • Jo Waite is a is a queer comic artist and writer and current State Library Victoria Fellow.
  • Andrew Weldon is a cartoonist for The Age.
  • Sarah Firth is an artist, writer and creative entrepreneur.
  • Ele Jenkins is a graphite and watercolour illustrator.
  • Chris Gooch is a cartoonist and illustrator.

About Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a performer and comic book maker. He edited and published Tango, the giant romance comics anthology, from 1997 to 2012. As a State Library Victoria Creative Fellow he and his collaborator Alex McDermott undertook research for their historical graphic novel about the decline and fall of Marvellous Melbourne, The devil collects.

This event is presented in partnership with Cardigan Comics.

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