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Stuart is a graduate of Flinders University in South Australia with a Bachelor of Languages Degree and a Honours Degree Bachelor of Arts. He is in the final semester of his Master of Language Studies Degree.

Stuart is pictured here with his Honours Degree thesis investigation of la bande dessinée, specifically, the adventures of Tintin and his creator. Stuart has furthered his investigation of the literature in his Masters Degree thesis investigation of the stereotypes, representations, and controversies in the Tintin albums and other comic book literature.

Stuart can be booked as a keynote speaker at your event via this website.

Entries in Pop Culture (5)

Friday
Jul262019

What's new with Stu! 

An exciting new exhibition at Supanova Comic Con and Gaming this November 2019!

I am pleased to announce that I am curating an exhibition of retro pop culture of the 40s, 50s, and 60s at Supanova Comic Con and Gaming at the Adelaide Showgrounds this coming November 2 and 3.

This will be my second exhibition at Supanova in as many years and I look forward to presenting the visiting public with a journey to the golden age of the genre!

My exhibition at Supanova in 2018 offered pop culture aficionados a unique opportunity to view rare European comic book literature and memorabilia from the 1930s to present day. 

Next stage of my national speaking tour announced!

I have received a booking as a keynote speaker at Go Atomic Pop Culture Festival in Sydney this coming January 18 and 19.

I'll be undertaking two presentations each day...

A new presentation about Bettie Page and her association with photographer; Bunny Yeager as well as Bettie's influence in a global society, including comic book literature in the US and Europe.

Tintin Unmasked; a thesis investigation of the creator of Tintin, and the controversies surrounding his career as a comic strip illustrator during the Second World War.

Click on the Go Atomic Banner to visit the event website for all information!

Bilingual comic book adventure coming in 2020!

The Adventures of Paris and Freddy is a bilingual comic book series and is written in the French and English languages.

Paris and Freddy share a unique gift in being able to read each other's thoughts.

It's where Scooby Doo meets the X-Files, Buffy, and the Big Bang Theory with the hint of a classic Tintin adventure!

Follow the adventures of Paris, Freddy, and their gang of cosplayers as they foil crimes and uncover mysteries!

The first adventure The Fleurieu Fiasco is set for release in 2020!

Included to the Alliance Française anniversary book! 

The Alliance Française was founded in Paris in 1883 and is an international organisation with a focus to promote the French language and culture around the world.

There are 850 centres in 137 countries, including each state of Australia.

As part of the commemoration to celebrate the 130th anniversary of the Alliance Française, a book was produced to offer a history of the organisation and a focus about many of the centres around the world, and I am honoured to be included in the book representing the Alliance Française here in Adelaide!

The passage in the book tells of my studies at the centre prior to, and during my studies at University.

The book is now on sale at all centres around the world!

The motto of the Alliance is 'learn French live French' and the centre provided me with a solid foundation enabling me to complete degrees in my chosen field of language teaching and culture studies.

Mega Toy Fair - Adelaide Showgrounds June 1 and 2

Coucou!

The Goyder Pavilion at the Adelaide Showgrounds was the venue for this year's Mega Toy and Rare Collectable Fair on June 1 and 2.

The event attracts industry professionals from around Australia to exhibit and sell their product to the greater Adelaide Community. 

I enjoyed a most successful weekend of marketing my upcoming speaking tour to visitors at the event as well as my association with the Tintin Shop in Singapore.

Lecturer at the University of Adelaide - May 29

Most appreciative thanks to Professor Ghil'ad Zuckermann for inviting me to lecture to students of applied linguistics today at the University of Adelaide.

Today's lecture offered students an insight to Constructed Languages (Conlangs) that have been created for the entertainment industry.

The Klingon, Vulcan, Na'vi, Dothraki, and High Valyrian languages were discussed as well as an interactive workshop conducted on the Klingon Language offering basic knowledge in the language such as greetings and introduction; unique characteristics; its significance/influence in a global society; and information about where it might be possible to continue to learn the language in Adelaide or online.

I'll be presenting a series of Conlang workshops to the general public during National Science Week this coming August.

Tuesday
Jan012019

What's new with Stu - May 2019!

Mega Toy Fair - Adelaide Showgrounds - June 1 and 2

I'll be at Australia's largest rare toy and collectable fair this coming June 1 and 2 at the Adelaide Showgrounds, so be sure to visit my expo stand during the event. I will be speaking about my current thesis investigation of the issues of human rights and racism in la bande dessinée! (Franco/Belgian comic book literature), specifically, the adventures of Tintin, as well as the next stages of my national speaking tour!  

Adelaide Comic-con and Toy Fair, April 14

There was a fantastic attendance at the Adelaide Comic Con and Toy Fair last weekend, and I enjoyed a great event of marketing and promotion of the next stage of my national speaking tour - Tintin Unmasked.

I also spoke to the visiting public about my current thesis investigation of the adventures of Tintin, and his creator.

Special thanks to the Tintin Shop Singapore for their support during my national speaking tour; Tintin Unmasked.

Submission of my second thesis is only 3 months away!

I'm on final countdown as I draw closer to the submission of my second thesis investigation of the Tintin character and his creator.

Pictured here with two recent acquisitions for my collection; First edition Tintin adventures The Seven Crystal Balls, and The Calculus Affair.

European comic book presentation at Greenlight Comics - Adelaide, Feb 9!

A fun keynote to kick off my speaking events in 2019, and there was a great gathering of comic book fans in Greenlight Comics for my presentation of la bande dessinée, (Franco/Belgian comic book literature).

I delved into my thesis investigations of the literature, as well as discussing the influence of la bande dessinée in a global society.

The next stage of my speaking tour is in the Eastern states of Australia as well as a presentation in the United Kingdom later in the year!

Radio Interview on 1079 Life FM - January 9 

I had a most enjoyable interview with 1079 Life FM presenters; Kat and Jayne talking about Tintin's 90th Birthday celebrations and the character's influence in a global society.

We also discussed my current thesis investigation and book project on the character and his creator. 

You can listen to the interview via the 1079 Life FM logo above!

Tuesday
Mar272018

What's new with Stu - December 2018

Constructed Language keynote at Supanova Comic-Con and Gaming, November 2 to 4, Adelaide Showgrounds 2018 

Supanova was a hoot!

It was most satisfying to present another constructed language keynote to pop culture fans and language enthusiasts. My lecture provided a background about languages that has been constructed specifically for the TV and film industry, for example; the Klingon language; where it is spoken and to which language family it belongs, number of speakers and percentage of children speaking it; basic knowledge in language such as greetings; one unique characteristic; and information about where it might be possible to continue to learn the language in Adelaide or online.

Special thanks to the organisers of Supanova for adding me to their event lineup of speakers. 

It was a very busy event as I had received a double booking to also curate Australia's first exhibition of la bande dessinée at Supanova Adelaide.

I enjoyed a steady flow of the approx; 20,000 pop culture fans that attended Supanova, and included to the exhibition was rare literature from the 1930s to present day, as well as a series of dioramas and sculptures.  

Franco-Belgian comic book literature is officially recognised as the ninth art, and many fan favourites like; Tintin, Asterix, Lucky Luke, and others were on exhibit all weekend!  

Most appreciative thanks to Supanova Comic Con and Gaming and I was chuffed to receive an invite to curate another exhibition at next year's event!

Adelaide Comic-Con and Toy Fair 2018  

This year's convention was conducted on the October long weekend and attracted a massive attendance of pop culture enthusiasts!

I enjoyed a most successful day of marketing and promotion of my upcoming keynote speaking engagements to pop culture aficionados during their visit to my expo stand at the event.

Keynote Speaker at National Science Week - August 12

My Winter speaking tour finished today with a second keynote at the State Library of South Australia.

The presentation included research from both of my thesis investigations of Tintin's creator, and I enjoyed a most inquisitive 'post presentation' Q & A.

There was also some time for me to promote my supporters ; the Tintin Shop in Singapore to my audience and to visitors attending the State Library of South Australia during the day!

Special thanks to the State Library for the booking!

Keynote Speaker at State Library of South Australia - August 9!

There was a most inquisitive audience in attendance at the State Library of South Australia tonight!

I was one of four keynote speakers that formed a panel to discuss science fiction to science fact.

Do the two intertwine and meet?

Are they contradictory?

Published article in Empire Times Magazine.

This article covers my recent thesis research tour and book project in the US, UK and Europe investigating the subject of pop culture fandom and the sub-cultures of fans that dedicate their lives to the celebration of their favourite hero or tv show. 

Click on the image to view the article!

Tintin Unmasked at Game Obsession Expo - August 5!

Today I was in Country South Australia at Game Obsession Pop Culture Expo at Mannum Showgrounds as the Keynote Speaker.

My first presentation delved into my thesis investigation of Tintin's creator and the controversy that surrounded his employment as a Writer/Illustrator during the Second World War.

My second keynote of the day at Game Obsession Pop Culture Expo discussed Conlangs (Constructed Languages).

Fun was today's focus with much encouragment offered to my audience to participate during the workshop as they delved into learning a language that has been created for the tv and film industry. Today, Klingon language was the focus, and I had a most enjoyable time engaging with my audience!

Special thanks to Game Obsession Pop Culture Expo for booking me as their Keynote Speaker.

Keynote Speaker at AVCON, July 20 - 22 

I had a most enjoyable time engaging with the audience during my keynote at Adelaide's Anime and Video Games Festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

My presentation discussed Manga's influence in European and American Comic Book Literature and Culture, and the sub-culture of fans that dedicate their lives to the celebration of their favourite heroes.

'Post presentation' I had the chance for some great conversation with fellow aficionados of the literature!

Bastille Day celebrations in Adelaide - July 13 and 14!

There was a great atmosphere at the Adelaide Central Market during their celebration of Bastille Day. A wide range of cultural events were presented as part of the weekend commemoration, and I had a most enjoyable time connecting with visitors about the significance of the event. 

Of course, plenty of fun Tintin cosplay to be had!

Winter Speaking Tour - July and August!

I'm looking forward to engaging with my audiences during this tour, and for the first time, I am presenting my thesis investigation of Tintin and his creator, Hergé, in regional South Australia at Game Obsession Pop Culture Expo in Mannum on August 5.

A third sellout keynote in Melbourne!

 My third Tintin keynote in Melbourne was a complete sellout capping off a most successful leg of my national speaking tour - Tintin Unmasked.

I enjoyed much interaction with my Melbourne audiences!

Children's Keynote at the Unley Town Hall

What a fun Keynote I presented to a bilingual (French/English) School in the City of Unley in Adelaide.
The topic was about Tintin and la bande dessinée (Franco/Belgian comic book literature), the style of art and story content, and their socio-cultural influence in a global society.

To enhance the learning experience for the children, a visual presentation with a Q&A and an exhibition of Tintin memorabilia, that included a selection of the literature printed in different languages, was also presented and explained. 

Free Comic Book Day Fun in Adelaide!

Free Comic Book Day is a global celebration of the comic book, and a platform to educate the greater community of the influence of the literature in a global society.

It's a day of fun and social interaction with fans of all genres and generations!

A sellout keynote at the City of Burnside Library!

I had a most receptive and enthusiastic audience during the presentation of my thesis research and investigation of Tintin's creator during the Second World War.

I'll be conducting keynotes in the Eastern States of Australia on this subject from July to November. 

There was much conversation offered from the attending group which generated a series of stories and anecdotes about many of the pieces on exhibit.

Keynote Speaker Unley Town Hall

I had a most receptive audience during my Keynote at the Unley Town Hall in Adelaide where I presented pieces of research from my current book project about Franco/Belgian comic book literature, specifically; Tintin, and his influence in a global society.

I'll be delivering keynotes in the Eastern sates of Australia about my thesis investigation of Tintin's creator during the Second World War.

Dates posted shortly!

Most appreciative thanks to the City of Unley for the booking!

Sunday
Jul232017

What's new with Stu - October 2017

Archived event report - To view all of Stuart's 2018 Keynote Speaking images and reports, please click on the Home Page Tab on the website menu! 

Guest presenter - State Library of South Australia, October 15!

Hetzel Lecture Theatre 

"tlhIngan Hol Dajatlh'a'? "Dif-tor heh smusma"

Fantastic weather in Adelaide today, perfect for inspiring the enquiring mind during my presentation at The State Library of South Australia.

Today I conducted a presentation about artistically constructed languages that have been created for the TV and Film Industry.

The audience were taken on a journey into the culture of the Klingon society from the Star Trek universe before learning selected pieces of grammar, words, and sounds of the language.

There was an array of TV and Film, costumes, props, and Klingon language literature on exhibit during the event.

Guest Speaker - State Library of South Australia, August 26 & 27!

The Woomera Exhibition officially commenced today inside the State Library of South Australia and runs until November 12.

Key note speakers include Astronaut; Buzz Aldrin, who will address the 68th International Astronautical Congress in Adelaide next month.

I had a most receptive audience during both of my presentations with a great selection of questions posed to me 'post presentation!'

My investigation reveals the real life connection between the Tintin character and related comic book literature and the Woomera Rocket Base during the cold war era and the space race.

A most successful European promotion!

I have just returned from a month long journey in Europe and the U.K. promoting the upcoming release of my bilingual comic book series as well as conducting more thesis research.

 

Tuesday
May022017

What's new with Stu - July 2017

July 6 - A capacity attendance for my guest speaking engagment!

 

Most appreciative thanks to The City of Burnside Library for hosting my guest speaking engagement.

I presented my latest research and promoted my upcoming book launch to an audience that were most receptive throughout the evening, and they offered much enthusiasm during the Q & A session that followed.

My next presentation will be in Sydney after I return from London and Paris on book promotion in mid - August.

Best wishes!

Encounter Celebration - Victor Harbor, April 8

The Encounter Celebration is a French Festival that is presented in the city of Victor Harbor, situated along the picturesque Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.

The festival commemorates the chance encounter between explorers, Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin on April 8, 1802. I was a featured guest speaker at today's festival along with a variety of French performers. An open air French market and expo of classic sport cars were featured events during the festival.

Today I spoke about the cultural significance of classic European comic book literature and its influence on a global society. The next leg of my speaking tour will be on July 6 and I will be presenting portions of my recent thesis research and the release of my bilingual comic book series.

Guided tour of Adelaide's comic book stores!

I recently conducted a guided tour of Adelaide's comic book stores and related pop culture memorabilia businesses, to a group of fellow pop culture fans, though there was also a formal aspect of the tour, in purchasing a varied selection of comic book literature as part of my current thesis research.

I'll be conducting a comparative and socio-cultural analysis of various styles and eras of comic book literature and the direct or indirect influence of image and word association in the adolescent learner.

Oh, and yes... A perfect opportunity to catch up on Betty and Veronica!

Radio interview on ABC Adelaide, Jan 11

I was a guest on air recently with ABC Adelaide, Jan 11 with show host, Spence Denny about the 88th anniversary of Tintin and the character's influence on a global society, the celebrations that are occurring around the world, and my current book project and thesis research.

Clink on the image to listen to the interview.