The Graphic Expression of the Lives, Obsessions, and Objections of Small Press Sick Puppies and Scat(ology) Cats; a short survey of some aspects of Australian alternative comics 1990-2000

John Lent
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International Journal of Comic Art, 2007, 9 (1), pp. 411 - 437
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This research began in the mid-199()s in a state of denial that Australia produced Small Press comics. While glossy, full color; action and fantasy genre comics from North Americawerenoticeably available in Australia, there was little visible.presence oflocallyproduced alternative work. Rarely did specialty comics shops stoe~ .any Australian comics other than the local attempts to imitate the imported, overseas product. It seemed on the surface, at least, that there was no local comics industry. Explorations beneath the surface over a number of ensuing years, however, revealed an active and ongoing Underground scene-that was producing and ,distributing alternative comics, if somewhat resistant and suspicious to being uncovered, investigated and documented.
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