Following on from the post I made recently about ACE: the Australian Comic book Exhibition, (GP TV. Ep02.) which toured the country from 1994 to 1997, I thought I'd share some photos from the opening night of the Sydney leg. The exhibition was hosted by the Westpac Museum at The Rocks (now gone), and the opening the night of 11th July, 1996.
The welcoming panels of ACE as one entered the exhibition. With the help of the Australian Cartoonists' Association (then called the Australian Black & White Artists' Club), as well as many Sydney-based comic creators, this particular leg of the exhibition's tour was greatly enhanced with numerous extra pieces of both reproduced and original artwork, some of which can be seen in the background here. I'm pretty sure that's Arthur Mather's Captain Atom and Stanley Pitt's Silver Starr over on the right.
Part of the additional exhibit items. Work in this cabinet includes Greener Pastures posters and comics, Jason Paulos' Hairbutt the Hippo comics, Issue One's CyberSwine and Zero Assassin comics (with art by Ant Larcombe), some Glenn Ford Phantom art, and other bits and pieces too. The big blank space was actually filled by another large print, like the Greener Pastures one on the left, of Zero Assassin #1, but it had been taken down by the time I got these photos.
An amazing group photo of many most of the cartoonists present on the night. I still feel honoured to have been able to jump into this snap.
1: Reginald Pitt. Co-creator of Yarmak, The Jungle King.
2: Ken Emerson. Cartoonist on The Warrumbunglers.
3: Eric Jolliffe. Cartoonist on Saltbush Bill.
4: Tony Rafty. Creator of Jimmy Rodney of the Secret Service.
5: Stewart McCrae. Cartoonist known as 'Pep'.
6: Stanley Pitt. Creator of Silver Starr.
7: Les Dixon. Cartoonist on Bluey and Curley.
8: Peter Chapman. Creator of The Phantom Ranger.
9: Monty Wedd. Artist/writer, Ned Kelly.
10: Yaroslav Horak. James Bond strip artist.
11: Jim Russell. Cartoonist on The Potts.
12: Norman Hetherington. For all intents and purposes, Mr Squiggle.
13: Lindsay Foyle. Cartoonist and historian.
14: Tim McEwen. Greener Pastures co-creator.
15: Chesty Bond. Australian advertising icon, created by Syd Miller.
16: John Clements. Australian comics enthusiast and historian.
17: Stan Clements. Creator of Tom Dunne, Scientific Detective (no relation to John at #16).
John Clements – Australian comics enthusiastic enthusiast and historian. Les Dixon – cartoonist on Bluey and Curley for nearly 20 years! Eric Jolliffe – cartoonist on Saltbush Bill and so much more. Jim Russell – Cartoonist on The Potts for a world-record-making 62 years! And me, Tim McEwen.
An unknown lady, possibly the daughter of one of the cartoonists in attendance on the night, and Monty Wedd, cartoonist on Ned Kelly, myself and my beautiful wife Bongo.
Les Dixon, standing at the panel that showcased the strip he was most famous for, Bluey and Curley, as well as the cover of Greener Pastures #1 (first printing). This group of panels was titled and themed 'Strictly Australian'.
Me, posing with one of the pages of Greener Pastures original art that toured with the exhibition.
Massive thanks to Steve Panozzo of the ACA for helping me identify all the cartoonists in the photos, and to Matt Emery too. Feel free to let me know of any corrections to any attributions I've made here. I'm not an expert and there's many more knowledgable people on this subject than me on this subject.