Ronnie Scott

Ronnie Scott is a contributor to The Big Issue and The Believer, and the comics and graphic novels critic for The Book Show on ABC Radio National. He is finishing a PhD on comics at The University of Melbourne, where he teaches. He edits The Lifted Brow, a freeform arts, culture, and fiction magazine.

Ronnie Scott reviews 'The Lie and How We Told It' by Tommi Parrish

Online Exclusives 29 November 2018
Ronnie Scott reviews 'The Lie and How We Told It' by Tommi Parrish
Even in these golden years for Australian comics, Tommi Parrish stands out for their insight and talent. Their work takes weighty topics like gender, work, and friends and examines them through focusing on individual experiences, interior moments. It’s all brief grabs of sensations and ideas, which depends on good ambiguity management. Parrish’s vignettes feel fraught and intimate, but when th ... (read more)

Ronnie Scott reviews 'Crow Mellow' by Julian Davies

January-February 2015, no. 368 01 January 2015
Ronnie Scott reviews 'Crow Mellow' by Julian Davies
Crow Mellow, the sixth novel by Julian Davies, centres on a bush retreat where a millionaire couple gathers artists to share around ideas. From an optimistic standpoint, the retreat is a salon. Viewed differently, all parties are engaged in a status grab: artists ‘came from the cities of the east coast to score … the kudos of being there when their colleagues weren’t’. For the millionaires ... (read more)

Ronnie Scott reviews 'Blue' by Pat Grant

April 2012, no. 340 01 April 2012
Ronnie Scott reviews 'Blue' by Pat Grant
The Australian graphic novel, being a fairly new phenomenon, has no unifying aesthetic, no identifiable form. While it is possible to group the characteristics of French, American, and Japanese comics, Australia’s finest exponents are stylistically on their own. Nicki Greenberg crafts adult work from a child’s figurative toolkit, Shaun Tan’s comics are drenched in high fantasy draftsmanship, ... (read more)

Ronnie Scott reviews 'Sensitive Creatures' by Mandy Ord

March 2012, no. 339 01 March 2012
Ronnie Scott reviews 'Sensitive Creatures' by Mandy Ord
It’s a simple proposition: short graphic stories about city life, and one narrator – Mandy Ord – drawn with a single bulging eye. But the slice-of-life stories in Sensitive Creatures are rarely straightforward. Sweeping and brittle, kinetic and lush, this is a consistently surprising volume, at once an autobiography, a collection of vignettes, and a comprehensive catalogue of an artist’s c ... (read more)