The Art of Books

Jules Faber, Fiona Katauskas & W.H. Chong moderated by Mike Bowers

Sunday 26 August 2018
11.00AM – 12 NOON
Senate Chamber
Museum of Australian Democracy

What about the visual elements of books? Illustrations, cartoons, photography and book covers - meet four extraordinary artists. W.H. Chong a master of the book cover; Jules Faber, multi-award-winning cartoonist and illustrator and three term President of the Australian Cartoonists Association; and, Fiona Katauskas, acclaimed political cartoonist and curator moderated by The Guardian Australia's photographer at large and Talking Pictures presenter, Mike Bowers.

Jules Faber is both an award-winning children’s book illustrator and award-winning cartoonist. With author Anh Do he won the 2014 Book of the Year for Older Children at the Australian Book Industry Awards with Weirdo. He has served almost four terms as the President of the Australian Cartoonists Association and in 2017 was voted Best Children’s Book Illustrator at the prestigious Stanley Awards. He has also won three Rotary Cartoon Awards, Australia’s biggest International cartooning competition. Jules has illustrated covers and interiors for over 28 books and continues to work on the award-winning Weirdo series among others.

Fiona Katauskas is a cartoonist, illustrator and author based in Sydney. Her cartoons have appeared in a wide range of publications including the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Bulletin, The Chaser, Eureka Street and New Matilda. Her political cartoons have popped up regularly in the National Museum’s annual Behind the Lines exhibition and Scribe’s yearly Best Australian Political Cartoons anthologies, including the cover of the 2009 edition. She’s also illustrated books for just about every publisher, designed cards for the Ink Group and t-shirts for Mambo. Her bestselling children’s book, The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made (2015) was shortlisted for a children’s Book Council Award and an Australian Book Industry Award in 2016.

W. H. Chong is an artist and book designer based in Melbourne, Australia. He is Design Director at Text Publishing. Chong is a founding member of ABDA (Australian Book Designers Association). He was inducted into the Australian Book Designers Hall of Fame in 2013. His blog for Crikey is called Culture Mulcher and he writes occasionally on visual art for Daily Review. His drawings of authors hang in the Wheeler Centre Green Room. Chong's near life-size portrait of the novelist Michelle de Kretser is in the collection of the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Mike Bowers is Guardian Australia's photographer-at-large. He was the managing editor of photography for The Sun Herald and Sydney Morning Herald from January 2002 to December 2008.