Owen Heitmann, Comic Creator

Cultural Heart

Meet our dedicated city creatives, and learn how they are navigating and finding ways to stay creative and connected in the wake of COVID-19.

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"I'm a writer, artist and occasional publisher of comics (who works as a copy editing contractor to pay the bills).

I find inspiration from friends, music, Adelaide’s tremendously talented and supportive creative scene, dreams, reading widely in different genres, history, and my partner, fellow comic creator Georgina Chadderton (aka George Rex Comics)."

I have been very, very fortunate during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cartoonists are usually used to isolating themselves for extended periods, so lockdown wasn’t a drastic change, even though I did miss seeing my friends. As a contractor, there was a downturn in my work for a few months but things are now starting to pick up again, and the nature of that work means I’m easily able to work from home. I feel like I’ve just had good luck rather than learned any lessons that others could apply, unfortunately.

What do you hope to see happen next in the City of Adelaide?

As lockdown restrictions ease, I look forward to public arts events resuming, such as exhibition openings, zine fairs, arts markets and (in the fullness of time) literary festivals such as Writers’ Week and Papercuts Comics Festival.

Where can we see more of your work?

I publish my minicomics (and those of some other South Australian comic creators) through my micropress label, Amplified Press. Most of these are available at Greenlight Comics or through the Amplified Press website. I’m also working on a 300-page graphic novel (a coming of age comedy), the development of which has been supported by grants from Arts SA. It doesn’t have a release date yet but I’m very eager to share it with the world!

Image (top): Gabriel Clark