Here’s Tom Cleary—in his own words!
“I’m Tom Cleary and I am a radio broadcaster and writer. I also make a series of comics.
It may sound like a cliché, but I have been making comics and radio shows since I was a tot. As a child, I would make up my own comic characters and often staple together short comic books drawn in biro. If I wasn’t creating comics, I’d be recording radio shows onto a cassette tape. One might think that 20 years later I would have grown out of these pastimes. But…I’ve actually taken them more and more seriously, and have carried on.
I studied Radio at Canterbury Christ Church University—and created more comics in my spare time, eventually having them published. Radio Broadcasting combined my love of writing and performing short stories, so I considered making a radio version of the comic books. CSR FM welcomed this idea and the show has been running since December 2014–winning a ‘best speech show’ award.
I’m proud of being able to create, in my own style, and develop work I would like to see myself. When my efforts on a particular project turn out well (from my perspective) when it’s finished, that’s always a massive bonus.”
Tom will offer the following programs at CArtsCon 2018:
Whose Limb is it Anyway?
A fun, improvisation workshop where we’ll be acting out some scenes but focusing on ‘messing’ with the use of body movement. We’ll have the Puppeteer Challenge, where the actors will be relying solely on someone else moving their body parts for them, as well as the Helping Hand round, where a volunteer will be left completely in charge of the actor’s hand movements. A good fun session with an interesting focus on the aspect of movement
Create Your Own Comic Character
Everyone has a comic character in them somewhere, and we’re going to help you find it. This workshop is a good creative and effective way of ‘accidentally’ creating a completely new, original comic book character of your very own with a mixed array of media to choose from to build your masterpiece. There’s no right or wrong way of doing it – just got to get stuck in!