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Curator Robert Cook


  9 April – 25 July 2016 | FREE






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Beyond the super hero to the super personal

An international multi-media exploration of the inner life of the comic artist and their incredibly intense, personal and affecting comic works that connect with audiences in unexpected and powerful ways.


Comic Tragics looks at the relationships between words and picture, self and society. Chance and observations about life come to light through the merging of image and words in this moving exploration of new forms of comic and graphic art.

This free exhibition, developed by Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art, Robert Cook, features more than 150 examples of the most moving and compelling comic work being made in the world today from some of the medium’s most exciting practitioners:

Gabrielle Bell (US), Stephen Collins (UK), Aisha Franz (Ger), Anders Nilsen (US), Tommi Parrish (AUS), John Porcellino (US), Ron Regé Jr (US), Dash Shaw (US) & Emma Talbot (UK).



11am-4pm, Sunday 26 June

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been postponed from Sunday 5 June to Sunday 26 June.

Hope you can make the new date!

AGWA Talks: Comics as Art

Hear from AGWA Curator Robert Cook, Professor Stuart Medley of ECU and Christoper Markle of UWA as they discuss comics as an art form through 20 minute individual talks.

When: 11.00am-12.30pm

Where: AGWA Theatrette


  • About the Comic Tragics exhibition
    Robert Cook, Curator of Contemporary Design and International Art at AGWA
  • Evolution of the comic form
    Associate Professor Stuart Medley, PhD at Edith Cowan University
  • Development of comics & graphic novels
    Christopher Markle, Lecturer at the University of WA and Organiser, 24 Hour Comics Day Perth

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Comic Workshop: Create a Comic about You

Join local comics maker Campbell Whyte as we explore the wonderful world of comics.

During this 1.5 hour long workshop you will learn the fundamentals of comics making, explore a range of materials and develop your own, short autobiographical work.


11.00am-12.30pm | Suitable for 6-9 years old

2.30pm-4.00pm | Suitable for 10 years and over

Where: Education Studio

Who: Campbell Whyte


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Guided Tour: Will you laugh or will you cry? Who knew comics could do that?

Look closely at these unique and idiosyncratic artworks and discover the inner lives of the artists. Deeply personal thoughts and experiences of being in the world are shared through pictures and words that reveal familiar stories of love, loss, struggle, the tragedies and comedies that are present in all our lives.

When: 2-3pm

Where: Comic Tragics exhibition

Who: Hosted by an AGWA Guru Guide

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Emma Talbot Holes and Stains and Marks 2013   Anders Nilsen Don’t go where I can follow [page 79] 2006

Comic Tragics contains a range of personal stories told through comic and graphic art. They are unguarded explorations of hope, heartbreak, passion and anxiety. Each artist's practice deals with the struggle of what it means to be human. Their artworks step beyond the superhero into the super personal, and sometimes the hyperreal, as the artists push the medium of printed comics in new and challenging directions.

Works are presented in various stages of completion from rough sketch to fully inked, through sketchbooks, finished comic pages, paintings and video, allowing an intimate understanding of their artistic processes.

Stephen Collins The Gigantic Beard that was Evil 2014


Emma Talbot
Holes and Stains and Marks 2013
acrylic on canvas
195 x 155 cm
© Emma Talbot
Courtesy Domo Baal and Petra Rinck

Anders Nilsen
Don’t go where I can’t follow [page 79] 2006
ink on paper
30.5 x 40.9 cm
Collection the artist
© Anders Nilsen

Stephen Collins
The Gigantic Beard that was Evil 2014
pencil on paper (20 drawings comprising 23 sheets)
42 x 60 cm
Collection the artist
© Stephen Collins

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