Creator Spotlight: 5 Questions with Georgina Chadderton


This week we caught up with 2017 Ledger Award nominee Georgina Chadderton (George Rex Comics) to chat about her Kickstarter experience, and her writing her first full-length graphic novel.

A prolific figure in the local Adelaide comic scene, when Georgina isn’t writing comics she splits her time between running a kid’s comic workshop called Inky Fingers Comic Gang, the adult comic workshop Comics with Friends and Strangers, the drawing group Adeladies Drink ’n’ Draw and playing roller derby. She still found time to chat with us! 

What are you playing/reading/watching right now? Well, I’m always re-listening to the Stephen Fry version of the Harry Potter audio books. But most of my spare time (or when I’m doing non-thinking creating work, like inking) is spent consuming podcasts. My top ones atm are: Reply All, RadioLab, Science Vs, My Dad Wrote A Porno, The Adventure Zone, Invisibilia, Imaginary World, The Infinite Monkey Cage… I could go on, but I don’t want to bore you. If you ever want to talk podcasts, I’m always looking for suggestions!

Because I’m in the midst of writing a story, I haven’t got heaps of time to watch great things. But I did just re-watched both The Princess Bride and Spaced, both annual occurrences. 

Oh, I have been watching the TV series Chuck for the first time though and that’s been great! 

Image Credit: Georgina Chadderton

Who or what is Oh Brother? Why is it important? Oh Brother is my current project and my very first full-length graphic novel. It’s all about growing up with a brother with severe autism and how that affects the family, in particular a sibling. 

I’m writing this book for 12-year-old me, who growing up didn’t really know too many other kids with siblings with a disability to talk about the finer points of what that felt like, and there wasn’t really any media to point to and say ‘This. This is what it feels like, this is what it’s like at home’. 

I wanted there to be a book out there for kids like me so they know that they’re not alone and that it’s okay to feel scared and sad and happy and whatever they are feeling about the situation. But I also want the book to be accessible to kids that have no idea what it’s like growing up around disability, so they can understand it better.

I’ve just finished running my first Kickstarter for a mini-comic sampler version of the graphic novel. 

Apart from your comics what should everyone be looking out for in local Australian Pop Culture? OH MY! There are so many great comics coming out of Australia at the moment. I’m really enjoying the work of the Heart of Millyera team, and Meg O’Shea’s mini-comic, Some Girls, was really good. I think Eleri Mai Harris does great work and I’ve always loved Rebecca Sheedy’s zines. I’m loving seeing what Pat Grant is working on and I’m really excited to see all the 24-hour comics from Mitch Hearn, Jake Holmes, Franklin Holfeld, Ruby Trumble, Owen Heitmann and Dr Mike 2000

But what I’m most excited for is the soon-to-be-released Home Time by Perth’s Campbell Whyte (published by Top Shelf). It’s not only a beautiful piece of art, it’s a great read. Kids, adventure, magical worlds, mystical creatures and lots of cups of tea. It’s everything I want in a comic. 

There are of course so many other great comics coming out from all over Australia at the moment that I can’t name them all here. I feel so spoilt for choice!

Major prediction for Pop Culture 12 months from now? Well, I’m not great at predicting things but I’m interested in the upcoming Netflix Dark Crystal show. Dark Crystal creeped me out as a child (I was always more of a Labyrinth kid tbh) but I’m a sucker for great puppetry. I’m also pretty keen for the new Wes Anderson film coming out as it’s another stop-motion animation and Fantastic Mr Fox is probably my favourite Anderson film. 

Best last thing you ate? My mate Helen made the best sticky date pudding with butterscotch sauce, butterscotch cream, strawberries and pretzels. It was so gosh darned delicious. Just the right amount of everything. I’m a sucker for anything with dates in.

That’s five! If you missed out on Georgina’s Kickstarter for her mini-comic do not despair. You can read more of her stories and get current updates on her upcoming graphic novel Oh Brother at her blog, and purchase her other mini-comics at her Etsy Store.