Rock Talk is a book of vibrantly original cartoons created by cartoonist and mime artist Steve Bell. It has a cheeky sense of humour that ranges from observations made as life parades by, to comments on the state of the world.
The book was originally created for Steve's son Luca’s 11th birthday. Luca is a wonderful boy who spends his days brightening people’s lives from his wheelchair. As the book began to take shape, Steve realised it was an accessible style of humour and decided to publish it for others to enjoy.
In the process of organising to publish the book Steve struck up a friendship with a teacher at Luca’s school and together they worked out a plan that would help to raise money for the purchase of communication devices for the students of the Northern Support School. All proceeds from the book go towards purchasing life changing ‘speech’ computers for Luca and his schoolmates, who experience challenges in their communication.
Steve's performance career began in the mid 80’s, working as a clown in schools, workshops, circus performances and community festivals. He added mime to his repertoire and found that the more experienced he became, the more he was able to come out from behind the costume and makeup to connect with his audience in a real and inspiring way. Over the years his humour and improvised performance have provided a means of achieving his passion for bringing people together, helping them to feel connected to each other and to discover their authentic selves.
After a car accident affected his ability to perform live, Steve turned to cartooning and found that his 30 years of performance experience have given him a sense of what works when it comes to humour and connecting with his audience. While cartooning doesn’t provide the immediate feedback that live performance does, Steve still gets a warm smile on his face when overhearing a giggle as a reader makes their way through the colourful pages of his newest creation.