Sunday 11 September 2011

Here's another from Melbourne. The Lifted Brow has been going since January 2007 (when It launched in Brisbane in fact), and I must say I'm impressed with the tenacity of that young whippersnapper Ronnie Scott (here's a Jan 2010 interview). It used to be an old-style bound small-format literary journal, but now, since January 2011, appears bi-monthly as a tabloid size newsprint item. Ronnie is one of those new school 'literary' people, like the folk at McSweeny's, or Bookslut, who have no hesitation about regarding comics as part of the literary parade, a matter that was kicked around on this blog a few months back. Mandy Ord was in the last one (in colour- there's always lovely colour all around), and Renee French is coming up in the next one, and a sampling of other cartoonists including me. I send in a regular series titled The Empty Nesters. It's a full page in black and white, consisting of a banner and 12 panels. Here's three panels to give you an idea. It's in the style of Honeybee, which you may recall from The Fate of the Artist and, like that series, it describes the life of a daffy married couple. (click to enlarge)

Here's a blurb at at mag nation
The Lifted Brow has grown into a vast and ambitious literary journal which is reminiscent of the early issues of McSweeney's and indeed, featuring a number of their authors. Legend has it that the editor works in an underground parking garage in Brisbane and, at one point, sold cupcakes to pay for printing.

And one from its own site:
The Lifted Brow is a bimonthly magazine based in Melbourne. It’s edited by Ronnie Scott, designed by Elwyn Murray, Sam Cooney is our fiction editor, and Ellie Savage edits Middlebrow, our arts liftout. Every two months, the Brow publishes fiction, art, comics, and commentary on everything from maths to celebrity to design. The idea is to fall somewhere in the wide, open space between our friends at Frankie and The Monthly: it’s just meant to be fun and smart.
Since its inception in 2007, the Brow has been home to Christos Tsiolkas, Helen Garner, Neil Gaiman, Frank Moorhouse, Heidi Julavits, Spiral Stairs, Jeffrey Brown, tUnE-YaRdS, Dan Deacon, Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Claudia Gonson, and David Foster Wallace. Our regular contributors include Alice Pung, Spencer Krug, Tao Lin, Blaise Larmee, Eddie Campbell, Jez Burrows, Anna Krien, Renee French, and Vijay Khurana.



Blogger Matthew Adams said...

This looks like a really interesting publication, have just subscribed.

12 September 2011 at 00:10:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Michael Avolio said...

The Empty Nesters looks fun. One of your straight-to-ink jobs, by the looks of it. I quite enjoyed the Honey Bee material in Fate. Do you intend to collect The Empty Nesters eventually?

Michael Avolio

16 September 2011 at 16:23:00 GMT-5  
Blogger Eddie Campbell said...

who knows these days?

for the record, they are 12 panels each single page and I've drawn five of them so far.

16 September 2011 at 18:21:00 GMT-5  

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