Last year, we launched 41: GDS’ first completely digitally delivered edition. It was, in a nutshell, boundary breaking, AR-infused and very, very fun. If it’s been a while since you’ve checked it out, get familiar with our artists’ work by visiting the edition.
Now, for 41’s B-SIDE (41 EXTRA), Stacy Gougoulis and Mandy Ord are revisiting their pieces to chat about:
📀 research rabbit holes and fixations, cringing away and towards things
📀 flags as beautiful things & flags as othering
📀 the clarity of comics, paving the way for personal, and intellectual truths
📀 strangers interacting, and the nice awkwardness of when you meet someone new
📀 what they do when not comic-ing
Stacy Gougoulis is an illustrator and radio presenter based in Melbourne, Australia. He has worked extensively for the ABC, does weekly cartoons for triple j and has published comics in The Lifted Brow and Going Down Swinging.
Mandy Ord is a comics artist, illustrator, educator, and a disability support worker with a long history of self publishing. Mandy’s first book Rooftops (Finlay Lloyd) 2008 was followed by Sensitive Creatures (Allen & Unwin) in 2011 receiving a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair. She has contributed stories to Meanjin, The Age, Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging and Trouble Magazine. In 2018 she illustrated her first book for children, Chalk Boy, published by Allen & Unwin and written by Margaret Wild, which was shortlisted in 2019 by CBCA and the Queensland Literary Awards for Picture Book of the Year.
Mandy has collaborated with theatre companies, writers, musicians, historians, local Wiradjuri language experts, augmented reality designers and audio units for online content. In 2020 her book When One Person Dies The Whole World is Over, published by Brow Books, was longlisted for The Stella Prize and shortlisted for the Small Press Network Book of the Year. She is currently working on a book of short stories.
Design for 41 EXTRA is by Ruby Healey.