Jo Waite has been a Melbourne comic artist/cartoonist for more than 30 years.
Work published in small press mags, compilations like Going Down Swinging, Heat, Dailies, Tango, but mostly self-published: One Sock the Lovesick Devil, Sex & Violence, Kickstart, Caritas, See Jo Run, The Anarchist Feminist Diary, Fiend’s Diary of Evil and the New Jovian Calendar. Exhibited in cafés, galleries, alleys… Sometimes been paid to draw comics, just had a 45 year retrospective exhibition at Brunswick Arts Space.
What is your favourite thing to draw? Do you keep a sketchbook? What do you fill it up with?
Girls. I people-watch all the time and draw on trams or in cafes, but looking at all my stuff for the recent exhibition I would have to say I draw a hell of a lot of girls. There are a few trees and trains and buildings creeping in now, for the practice, but still girls; girls with long hair and surly expressions.
What’s a great comic you’ve read recently?
Weapons of Mass Diplomacy, written by a naïve aide to the French foreign minister during Gulf War 2; it was an insight into the incredible madness inside Government, and very pretty.
What’s the most enjoyable part of the comics making process for you?
Perhaps coming up with the idea; which usually starts with a character drawing… of a girl.
Is print dead?
Heck no! There is still too much frou-frou and jiggery-pokery between me and you if I make something for you using an electronic platform, when I could put it on a photocopier and bung it in the post and nobody the wiser.
Energy, you have to be conscious of the energy your art takes to make and consume; a printed thing has already used its energy quotient; now all it needs is eyeballs and sun.
Do you remember the last cool thing you got in the mail?
The Government want my poop; they sent me a kit for an Occult Faecal Blood test for my 50th birthday. Happy Birthday! Do you have arse cancer?
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