Matt Groening Is Coming To Australia for Graphic!

Epic news! The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening is finally coming Down Under as part of Graphic 2016!

Expect embarrassing home movies, rare animated clips and even some full-frontal cartoon nudity – spilling the Duff on The Simpsons, Futurama, embarrassing home movies, rare animated clips. The first appearance at Sydney Opera House from one of the true meccas of animated storytelling.

Ending long-running rumours by concluding that ‘the most intense Simpsons fanatics I’ve met are from Australia, so I’m coming to Sydney to check out all you lunatics’, the 62-year-old comic fiend will deep dive into 25 years of humour, tenderness and d’oh’s! with America’s most famous yellow family.

From a waiting room doodle to the longest running series on US primetime television, GRAPHIC presents a real reason for you to switch off The Simpsons and get out the House. So sit back, relax, and bask in the Concert Hall as Matt Groening guides us through The Simpsons’ deepest secrets, his favourite episodes, guest appearances and the stories behind the stars and side note heroes. Pimply Puberty Boy anyone?

The full GRAPHIC 2016 line-up is below:

  • Matt Groening’s ‘Secrets of The Simpsons, And A Couple Of Milhouse Fun Facts’. Expect embarrassing home movies, rare animated clips and even some full-frontal cartoon nudity in an Australia-first appearance at Sydney Opera House from one of the true meccas of animated storytelling.
  • Matt Groening & Lynda Barry: ‘Love, Hate & Comics: The Friendship That Would Not Die’ celebrates a lifelong friendship since the halcyon days of underground comic strips. The Simpsons creator and Eisner Hall of Famer Lynda Barry make their first appearance in Australia – a GRAPHIC exclusive featuring two storytelling legends in intimate conversation;
  • In partnership with Sydney Film FestivalGeorge Lucas’ THX 1138 will be re-scored live for the digital age with subs, breaks and riddims by Asian Dub Foundation. A film every Star Wars fan needs to see, George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138 is the mythical sci-fi classic that became the blueprint for epic sci-fi sagas to this day. The legendary number became as big as the Death Star itself – Chewbacca’s alleged cellblock; the numberplate of the yellow hot rod in American Graffiti; a cosmic redneck bar in Futurama; and even the cover art for Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’. Produced by Francis Ford Coppola, featuring a young Robert Duvall and originally scored by Grammy Award-winner Lalo Schifrin (Mission: Impossible, Cool Hand Luke), George Lucas’ THX 1138 continues to ripple through pop culture today. GRAPHIC presents George Lucas’ THX 1138 for a finale in a festival lineage of sold-out film favourites, from Akira performed by Regurgitator to Mad Max mastermind George Miller in conversation; and
  • Two Australian film premieres from legendary storyteller and GRAPHIC alumnus Neil Gaiman, transforming the Concert Hall into a grand theatre for screening the documentary ‘Dream Dangerously’ and ‘Likely Stories’, a collection of some of his best short fantasies adapted for the screen by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard (Nick Cave’s 20,000 Days on Earth, Scott Walker’s Bish Bosch: Ambisymphonic).

Free talks hosted by Gizmodo’s Rae Johnson, including:

  • Michael Leunig: A National Treasure: the famed Australian cartoonist, poet and cultural commentator returns to the Opera House; the mind behind The Duck, Vasco Pyjama and Mr. Curly – aka the fellow with a large nose. Declared a living treasure by the National Trust of Australia, expect to hear the poet laureate discuss his life and secrets, including the intricate joys of talking to strangers in the street, walking in the local park, morning coffee in the café, and chamber music;
  • First Dog on the Moon: How Not To Be Quite So Terrible: the Walkley-winning political cartoonist is your premium guide to modern Australian living on ABC Radio National and, on the side, the official cartoonist for the Western Bulldogs;
  • Brandon Graham – the graffiti artist turned manga illustrator – shares about his life in drawing, tracking his career from Eisner-winning King City, to experimental comic / essay / pin-up / bonus content anthology Island, to penning the return of cult ‘90s superhuman Prophet on the fabled Image Comics;
  • State of the Nation: Safdar Ahmed, Alisha Jade, James Andre & Sarah Howell. Comics are more popular than ever … but what does this mean for the independent spirit at the heart of the art? This panel will dissect sexism in comics with Platinum Ledger Award-winner Alisha Jade (Women in Comics Australia), why lurid storytelling matters to James Andre (Milk Shadow Books), through to the political tensions illustrated in Safdar Ahmed’s work (Villawood: Notes from an Immigration Detention Centre) and Sarah Howell (Melbourne’s Squishface Studio, co-director of National Young Writers’ Festival 2009-10); and
  • Felix Colgrave with Greg Sharp & Alex Grigg. Notching four million views with his animated music video for Fever the Ghost’s ‘SOURCE’, Felix’s psychedelic kingdoms combine the fantastical and mundane – and he now counts even rap royalty DJ Mustard, Nicki Minaj and Jeremih on his portfolio. A wizardous internet sensation who broke through with The Elephant’s Garden – winner of Best Australian Film at MIAF 2014 – Felix will be in full-bearded glory with Rubber House’s Greg Sharp and Alex Grigg (Fallout 4, VICE, Comedy Central).

GRAPHIC’s free film screenings are back, with:

  • Chris Ware collection narrated by Ira Glass & animated by John Kuramoto;
  • Alan Moore: Show Pieces;
  • Australian premiere of the documentary on legendary French artist Moebius Redux;
  • Two more Likely Stories from the Neil Gaiman universe; and
  • A collection of shorts from Bill Plympton, Jim Woodring, Don Hertzfield, John Kuramoto and Tony Millionaire: The Drinky Crow Show.

For more information visit the official Graphic website here