Last days of the Exhibition!

Posted on: October 18, 2017

Odds & Ends & Other Places, my exhibition of prints, watercolours and small objects at No Vacancy Gallery, Fed Square, is closing this Sunday, 22 October.  It has been great – lots of people have come through, quite a few works have sold and it has been extremely lovely showing this side of my art practice in Melbourne.  That is, Horacek work that is not my cartoons and not my picture books, but more openended, evocative pieces, and various printmaking mediums.  The usual quirky and whimsy, but no punchlines.

As well as the artworks, also available at the gallery are copies of my two most recent cartoon books on sale (at a special exhibition price) and very heavily discounted greeting cards, in both the cartoon cards and the larger etching card series.

Apologies that my posts have jumped from ‘Exhibition Sneak Peak’ to ‘Last Days of the Exhibition’, with little in between, but time got a bit out of my control.

There’s still a bit of time to catch the exhibition.  It’s at No Vacancy Gallery (next to Beer Deluxe), The Atrium, Federation Square, Melbourne CBD.  Until 5 pm today, 11-5 Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 12-5 on Sunday.

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Exhibition Sneak Peek!

Posted on: September 29, 2017

Odds & Ends & Other Places by Judy Horacek is an exhibition of her watercolours, prints and small objects. This is a different kind of work from her cartoons and children’s books, being more exploratory and evocative.  The exhibition is a mix of brand-new pieces and also work from a variety of projects she has worked on over the years, in which she explores different mediums, particularly her on-going interest in various print media, and also her recent discovery of ceramics. The imagery and themes are influenced by her travels, and her interests in history and in fairytales.

The exhibition opens Tuesday 3rd October and runs until Sunday 22nd October at No Vacancy Gallery in Federation Square (next to Beer Deluxe).  Open Tuesday to Saturday 11am–5pm , Sunday 12pm–5pm (closed Mondays).  Opening night Tuesday 3 October, 6pm. Artist talk Sunday 8 October 2.30 pm. Pop-up shop of Horacek merchandise Sunday 15 October, noon-4pm.


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Odds & Ends & Other Places preparation

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Ceramic figures waiting to be fired for the Odds & Ends & Other Places exhibition, opening Tuesday 3rd October.

Find out more about the exhibition on the Calendar page!

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Random Life in the World

Posted on: August 23, 2017

All is going well in the world of Random Life.  The pledged books have been delivered, the real life shops have been stocked, the feedback has been great.  I’ve done Random Life events in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, and been at the Writers Festival in Bendigo, and am about to be at the Writers Festival in Melbourne (Sunday 27 August, 10 am, on a panel with Kate Grenville and Leah Purcell, hosted by Sarah L’Estrange of Radio National).  At one of the Brisbane events, I was introduced by Quentin Bryce herself, who upgraded me from ‘absolute treasure’ (her quote on the front of Random Life) to ‘total and absolute treasure’.  Still very sad that my Foreworder John Clarke couldn’t come along to any of the celebrations – he is sorely missed by so many.

Next up, the aforementioned Melbourne Writers Festival this Sunday, then one final event in Canberra at the National Library on Thursday 7 September, where I am being interviewed by the delightful Alex Sloan.

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Random Life is here!

Posted on: July 5, 2017

Judy Horacek’s ninth cartoon collection was launched on 29th June at Bella Union to much applause and laughter. Random Life is now available in stores and for purchase here in the shop.

“Judy Horacek is one of Melbourne’s most loved cartoonists – her wise, witty, often whimsical cartoons cover subjects as diverse as climate change, feminism, social media, fairy tales, Mondays and zebras. Her ninth collection will delight fans … and tickle the fancy of readers everywhere.” – Readings Monthly, July 2017

Random Life on Readings Monthly cover


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Random Life – coming soon!

Posted on: May 31, 2017

Random Life is the title of my brand new cartoon collection which will be available in shops from 3 July 2017 (in Australia at least).  It contains over 230 cartoons, plus an introduction by me, and a foreword by the late, great John Clarke.  It’s the first publication of Horacek Press, which is basically me.  The book was made possible through a crowdfunding campaign on Pozible – thanks once again to every one who supported it, in all the different ways that you did.  I also owe a lot to my wonderful designer, Fiona Edge, for bringing it together so well.


This is my ninth cartoon collection, which is a pretty amazing feat.  The cartoons are predominantly from my regular spots in the Age, and also a few other places, such as Overland magazine, Sheilas, the Walkley magazine and so on.  I’m very pleased with how it has turned out.

There will be various launch activities in various places (Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane), details are on my website calendar here.

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Web shop is open again for 2017

Posted on: January 10, 2017

Web store is now open.
Back in the shop is Judy’s wonderful board book These are my handsas well as her most recent picture book with Mem Fox, the extremely cute Ducks Away! – what could be more fun than counting falling ducks?
Last chance to get a Judy Horacek calendar, featuring a cartoon for every month – a whole year of laughter!

Happy shopping!

Calendar page IMG_9551

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Here’s to 2017!

Posted on: December 13, 2016

The Horacek online shop is now closed for 2016, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.  Feel free to order anything you’d like between now and then, but it probably won’t be delivered until next January.  Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season, full of many happy, merry and joyous things, and a wonderful beginning to 2017!  Which can only be an improvement on 2016, surely. xx

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Pre-buy the new Horacek book online

Posted on: November 30, 2016

The Pozible campaign has now finished, and I’m busily working on making my big pile of cartoons into a proper book – selecting, arranging, tidying the scans, getting the design done.

The campaign is over, but you can still pledge/pre-buy copies of the new cartoon book, it’s just moved to my website shop.  You can buy a single copy or a discounted set of 5. A beautiful giclee print of the cover image is also available in the shop,  along with lots of other great things, such as picture books, previous cartoon books, even a Judy Horacek Calendar!

The book is available on the Horacek shop here.
The Random Life print is available here.


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Last Shopping Days Till Christmas

Posted on: November 30, 2016

The Horacek online shop is chockfull of ideal Christmas and just anything gifts – cartoon books, picture books, including Mem Fox and my new one, Ducks Away, prints, the first ever Judy Horacek calendar available in Australia, all kinds of things!  You can even pre-purchase Random Life, the nascent new Judy Horacek cartoon book, to be sent out to you when it’s published in March next year.

We’ll be closing for Christmas soon – it’s been a big year and we all need some rest.  All orders need to be received by Tuesday 13th December, in order for us to fill them and get them posted off to you that week (Express Post options available) .

Time to go shopping –

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We made it!

Posted on: November 11, 2016

Thanks so much to everyone who contributed – not only for the money but for the vote of confidence and the support of the idea.  And for the many lovely comments too.  It was really gratifying to feel there was so much love out there for my work.  I achieved the target, so – drum roll – a 224 page cartoon collection by Judy Horacek, to be called Random Life, will be published early next year.  Hooray!

Pre-purchases are still very very welcome (to go towards a publicist I will need to hire to help the book on its way in the world when it is published).  You can do that through the Horacek shop, Everyone is welcome!

Thanks again, xxxxxx

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Success for the New Book Campaign! THANK YOU ALL!

Posted on: November 11, 2016

My crowdfunding campaign on Pozible was a huge success – thanks so much to all who joined in, it was a lot of fun in amongst the stress.  I raised enough funds for the printing and design of the book, with enough extra to make it 224 pages rather than the originally proposed 192, and to be able to print it in Australia rather than overseas. It will be available in March 2017.

Don’t despair if you missed out on pre-purchasing the book through the campaign, you can now do that in the Horacek shop,  There are a number of options – a single book, or discounted 5 books, and a Gift Card set – a Christmas card sent out in December for you or your chosen recipient, with the book delivered to them in March 2017.

The book is to be called Random Life, and I’ve done a very beautiful watercolour image for the cover (it’s riffing a bit on Woman with Altitude, but if you can’t riff on your own cartoons, then what can you do?)  Giclee prints of this will be available in the shop soon.



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The cover is here!

Posted on: October 27, 2016

I’m into the final week of the campaign for the new book (it ends 2 November, 10pm AEST) and for the last few days I’ve been working on the picture for the cover.  Covers tend to make me nervous, they are an extremely important part of the book
, and the awareness of that importance can be paralysing.  But I’m quite pleased with this image, riffing as it does on Woman with Altitude, my best known cartoon.  I like the idea of the cartoonist being a conductor too.  My designer, Fiona Edge, can now work her magic with text and cropping and other secret skills.  Hope you like it.

(By the way, a high quality giclee print of this is one of the Rewards in my Pozible crowdfunding campaign, A3 in size, which is hte size of the original, strictly limited to 25. )






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The New Cartoon Book Frontier

Posted on: October 25, 2016

My Pozible campaign to raise the money to fund the new book has reached 100% of its target, hip hip hooray and hurrah! That was its first target, to print a 192 page book.  It’s also reached its second target, to make the book longer, 224 pages.  Hooray again!  I’m very grateful to all the people who have helped me get this far, thank you all so much.  It is absolutely brilliant to have pre-sold so many books, and to know that the New Cartoon Book is actually going to happen.

Sorry I haven’t put this wonderful news on my website until now, but I had no idea how busy a Pozible campaign makes a person!

But there’s more – there’s a third target – I’d love to print this book in Australia, rather than overseas, this takes a lot more money but gives us all a warm glow.  It’s an Icing on the Cake Goal.  After all, if we’re going to do it, let’s do it properly!   To reach it, I need the campaign to go up to $19,800 – that’s 143% of my original target.  143% is the new 100%.  I’m currently at 122% so it’s possible – all it takes is pledges.  Here’s the link to spread far and wide –



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And the campaign rolls on (Day 6)

Posted on: October 17, 2016

In one hour it will be 24 hours times 5 since I launched this campaign to raise the money to selfpublish a new book and it’s going really well, $9285, which is 67% of my goal.  I’m really grateful to everyone who has pledged, from the smallest to the greatest amount.   Thank you all!  Supporters with a special shoutout are Liz Telford, Roz Daniell, Ika Willis, Jack Ennis Butler, Criena Fitzgerald, Jannine Barnes, Lyn Valentine, Sueanne Mathews, Marita Cullen, Sue Tape, Patrick Nielsen, Helen Spyrou and Beth Battrick.  143 supporters so far – heartfelt thanks to you all.

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