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Introduction to Kamishibai Paper Theatre

Willy Lit Fest

Event Date: 16 June 2018
Author / Presenters: Bernard Caleo

Join us as comic-book author, graphic novelist, teacher and kamishibai artist, Bernard Caleo shares the origins and modern place of kamishibai or Japanese “paper theatre”. He’ll take us back to 1930s Japan to explore street performance and the intriguing history of this art form.

Bernard’s talk will include a number of kamishibai stories, both traditional and recent. Bernard says, ‘I’ve been researching, drawing, writing and performing kamishibai since 2009. It’s the perfect form for me because it combines the two art forms that I love above all others: comic books and theatre!’

Bernard Caleo is a comic book maker, performer and kamishibaya (kamishibai performer). He edited and published the romance comics anthology Tango, which is currently subject of a display at the State Library of Victoria as part of the exhibition The World of the Book. With Daniel Hayward he produced, wrote and directed the feature documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne! which they subsequently toured internationally.

He has received a Creative Fellowship at the State Library of Victoria, and a Ledger Award for contribution to Australian comic book culture.

Full $15 | Conc $12 | Early $10 willylitfest.org.au

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