Tango8: Love and Food

Posted on Flaming Hoop by Jen Jewel Brown, 5 December 2008

A fresh new Australian comic anthology to savour, to be launched by Melbourne food legend Dur-e Dara at Mr Wilkinson, 295 Lygon Street, East Brunswick, Wednesday December 17 at 7pm. SPECIAL LAUNCH PRICE $20.

In sumptuous black and white, bumper comic book Tango8: Love and Food celebrates two of our greatest obsessions in sizzling style. The eighth issue of the giant Australian romance comics anthology Tango follows on where the provocative Tango7: Love and Sedition left off. This banquet of contemporary stories includes new work from talented graphic novelists Nicki Greenberg (The Great Gatsby, Allen & Unwin), Bruce Mutard (The Sacrifice, also Allen & Unwin) and Mandy Ord (Rooftops, published by Finlay Lloyd), whose great story on food and fatherly love will ring true for many.

Works from two brilliant cartoonists from The Age, Andrew Weldon and Oslo Davis, are among the 70 very different offerings. These vary from 1 to 18 pages in length, exploring the theme of ‘love and food’ in hilarious, romantic, creepy, nostalgic and heartfelt ways. Tango8: Love and Food’s 70 contributors mostly hail from Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney; four live in New Zealand.

The ongoing Tango project presents work by established and emerging comic book makers in annual collections from Melbourne-based Cardigan Comics. These are edited and published by Bernard Caleo, a fine comic writer and artist himself. Caleo’s collaboration with Angela Savage (For Natasha) is a highlight of Tango8: Love and Food, comparing piquant memories of red icy poles at the Brunswick Baths with the swooning joy of breast feeding. (Savage won the Victorian Premier’s Best Unpublished Manuscript by Emerging Author award in 2004 for her book Thai Died, published by Text Publishing in 2006 as Behind the Night Bazaar).

Tango8: Love and Food is a rollercoaster ride through the wealth of comic book talent in Australasia. At 242 pages of affordable comic book goodness it’s a great gift for foodies, comic lovers and those hard-to-buy-for teens, twenties and thirty-somethings – as well as the baby boomers who learned to read from Marvel and DC comics and achieved puberty poring over Robert Crumb and Zap!

Cardigan Comics has been kindly supported by Arts Victoria in the publication of Tango8: Love and Food. The trade paperback sized collection is available at book shops, comic book sellers and at www.cardigancomics.com

For further information and interviews, contact:

Publicist Jen Jewel Brown

Ph 0408 898 338 jenjewelbrown@fastmail.fm

Publisher Bernard Caleo Ph (03) 9497 8098 bernard@cardigancomics.com

Update – where to buy Tango8 in Melbourne:
Polyester Books, 330 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Brunswick Street Books, 305 Brunswick Street Fitzroy
Readings Carlton, 309 Lygon Street Carlton
Book Affair Carlton, 200 Elgin Street Carlton
The Sun Bookshop, 8 Ballarat Street Yarraville
The Paperback, 60 Bourke Street Melbourne
Minotaur Books, 121 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne
Collected Works, Level 1, 35 – 37 Swanston Street Melbourne
Sticky Institute, Shop 10 Campbell Arcade Degraves Subway Melbourne
Alternate Worlds, 76 Chapel Street Windsor
Greville Street Bookshop, 145 Greville Street Prahran

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About Angela Savage

Angela Savage is a Melbourne-based crime writer, who has lived and travelled extensively in Asia. Her first novel, Behind the Night Bazaar won the 2004 Victorian Premier's Literary Award for an unpublished manuscript. She is a winner of the Scarlet Stiletto Award and has thrice been shortlisted for Ned Kelly awards. Her third novel, The Dying Beach, was also shortlisted for the 2014 Davitt Award. Angela teaches writing and is currently studying for her PhD in Creative Writing at Monash University.
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