Bernard Caleo

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Bernard Caleo (born Melbourne, (1968-05-20) 20 May 1968 (age 49)) is a Melbourne-based Australia comic artist, comic book editor, performer, and presenter.

Background[edit]

Caleo grew up in Northcote, where he still lives, and has six siblings. He graduated with an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne. He is married to Susan Bamford, a singer and performer, and has 2 sons. In the mid-1980s Bernard was half of the comic team "The Superballs". He works part-time at the Melbourne Museum as a public programs officer running events, performances and displays.[1]

Comics and performance[edit]

He is the editor of Tango, a comics anthology series which has been published irregularly since 1997.[2][3] He also runs Cardigan Comics, the publishing company which publishes Tango.[4] As a comic artist, Caleo contributes to Tango, as well as producing a webcomic called "I Knew Him".[5]

He is also the author of the comics Yell Ole!, later called False Impressionists (Bernard Caleo and Brendan Tolley, Imaginate, 1993-),[6] Café Ghetto (Bernard Caleo and John Murphy, Santa Madonna Publications, 1998–2000),[7] and Caleo & Khandekar's homage to Hergé : the element of surprise (Bernard Caleo and Khandekar, Polluxman, 1996).[8] In 2009, Caleo contributed comic work to the Melbourne incarnation of Super Heroes and Schlemiels: Jews and Comic Art which appeared at the Jewish Museum of Australia in Melbourne.[9]

The play The Great Game by Katherine Connoly played in Melbourne in 2014.[10] He played English scientist Michael Faraday for Faraday’s Candle, a one-man show for CSIRO in 2011/12. In 2008, Caleo and collaborator Bruce Woolley wrote and performed Miracleman, a stage adaptation of the Alan Moore Marvelman comic series.[11]

Film[edit]

In 2012, collaborating with filmmaker Daniel Hayward, Caleo made a feature documentary called Graphic Novels! Melbourne! focussing on the long-form comics work of Nicki Greenberg, Mandy Ord, Pat Grant and Bruce Mutard. It premiered in November 2012 and at the Angoulême International Comics Festival in France in February 2013.[12]

Awards[edit]

  • Creative Fellow at the State Library of Victoria, 2014
  • Melbourne Fringe Festival Award
  • Platinum Ledger Award for contributions to Australian comic book culture, 2016

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