Archive for March, 2012

OZ COMIC-CON 2012: A discussion with…

OZ COMIC-CON 2012: A discussion with…

AMY LOUISE MAYNARD asks four comic industry heavyweights about the state of Australia’s comic book industry at the 2012 Oz Comic-Con, including Doug Holgate (Moccocco), Queenie Chan (Odd is On Our Side), Jon Sommariva (Star Wars Tales) David Yardin (Astonishing X-Men) and Dave De Vries (Southern Squadron).

Investments: a guarantee or gamble?

Investments: a guarantee or gamble?

In August 2011, more than $50 billion was wiped off the Australian share market. This plunge, the lowest since 2009, came in the wake of the Dow Jones crisis which saw the US economy plummet by billions of dollars, writes DOMENIQUE LUCAS.

Hive of activity

Hive of activity

In its first six months of operation, HIVE 12 – Twenty Five Youth Centre in Modbury has seen more than three thousand people walk through the door and become involved in the various programs and courses on offer, writes EMMA DAVIS.

Increased attention sees Arabic numbers soar

Increased attention sees Arabic numbers soar

Recent developments in the Middle East and Africa, coupled with huge economic development in these areas, has made learning the Arabic language soar in popularity, writes DIONE HODGSON.

Hold on to your braincells! A conversation with Australian comic book icon Dave de Vries.

Hold on to your braincells! A conversation with Australian comic book icon Dave de Vries.

As Oz Comic-Con looms on the weekend, SIAN CAIN spoke to Australian comic book legend Dave de Vries about Australia’s comic book industry, why Oz Comic-Con will be vital and why we should all thank Sheldon Cooper.

The Girl with the Discriminatory Issue

The Girl with the Discriminatory Issue

The great comics theorist Scott McCloud once said: “Any man who designs a costume for a female superhero should have to wear that costume for a whole week.” AMY MAYNARD explores the portrayal of women in comic books and poses the question: why is this such a man’s world?

Greek Crisis sparks mini migration wave to Australia

Greek Crisis sparks mini migration wave to Australia

The Greek Community of Melbourne indicates around 2000 Greeks have entered Australia on temporary visas in the last six months, with one third believed to have arrived in South Australia, writes THEO PANAGOPOULOS.

Swimming upstream

Swimming upstream

After losing his father last year to prostate cancer, Mark created the Kayak 4 Life campaign, an endeavour that will see him battling a 2400km trek to raise money for the Cancer Council, writes AMELIA SKACZKOWSKI.

Radiohead fans up in arms over ticket scalping

Radiohead fans up in arms over ticket scalping

Tickets for the entire Australian tour by British band Radiohead sold out in mere minutes earlier this month, moments before scalpers on the internet were offerings tickets at grossly inflated prices, writes NICHOLAS DESCALZI.

Your Best Defense This Winter

Your Best Defense This Winter

Keeping fit and healthy may seem a bit hard as we head into the colder months, but motivating yourself this winter- and avoiding the dreaded flu- may be easier than you think, writes MARIE KAKOUSIDIS.