English musician

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Con Chrisoulis
BornVictoria, Australia
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Inker
Κων Χρυσούλης
Notable works
Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity [el]
Giant-Size Fascists
Tales of The Smiths
Rebel Rebel
AwardsComic book of the year (Greece, 2008)
Comic book of the year (People's choice award) (Greece, 2010)
First Fictions Finalist for Dryland Book One (UK, 2012)

Con Chrisoulis is an Australian and Greek multidisciplinary artist and academic, most famous for his graphic novels, Tales of The Smiths, Dryland, Giant-Size Fascists, and Rebel Rebel.


Chrisoulis was born in Victoria, Australia to Greek Australian migrants.[1] Self-taught in the creation and production of comics,[2] in 2010 he earned an ISCED Level 4 degree in Film Editing, in 2014 he earned a BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at the University of Brighton and in 2015 he was awarded a Master of Research in Arts and Cultural Research, during which he experimented on the digital future of the comic book medium.[1]

In 1996, he self-published his first comic book series, Clans, in Melbourne, Australia, which lasted three issues.[2] The following year he collaborated with writer Nick Bugeja on the superhero comic book series Bloodsport (Impulse Comics).[3] In the late 1990s he emigrated to Athens, Greece, and began self-publishing his personal comic book anthology, Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity (Greek: Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας [el]), one of Greece's longest-running self-published independent comics.[2][4] Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity lasted ten issues, ending in 2004.

In 2002, he formed the group that would eventually publish the Greek independent comics anthology SubArt Comics. The group self-published 6 issues collectively.[5] As the group imploded in 2005, Chrisoulis and three other members initiated the first 24-hour comic event in Greece; his story was included in the subsequent 24 Hours SubArt Comics collection (2005)[6]

From 2002 to 2006, Chrisoulis collaborated with 9 (Ennea) [el] magazine, a Greek comics anthology that was included as a free supplement every Wednesday within Eleftherotypia newspaper. He serialised his science fiction series Vacant Testament (Greek: Κενή Διαθήκη) within the pages of 9 (Ennea) magazine, making it the first long-running sci-fi comics series published in a Greek mainstream comic book.

During the 2000s, he initiated campaigns within his self-published comics in order to advise and help creators set up their own self-published comics, and participated in various self-published comic books, also distributing many in independent stores in Athens and local zine and comics festivals.[7] Some of the comics he participated in include Sapilla #1-3 (2004-2005),[8] Red.Dot Comix #10 (2004) and #12 (2005),[9] Giannis Milonogiannis' Roppongi #2 (2006)[10] and many more.

In 2007, he released the first volume of his acclaimed political satire comic book series, Giant-Size Fascists. After the first volume was released, the series continued in monthly episodes in Galera [el] (Γαλέρα) magazine from 2007 to 2008. The two volumes of Giant-Size Fascists earned him Greek comic book of the year awards by popular vote in 2008 and 2010.[11]

His graphic novel Dryland, which narrates the violent deaths of most of his ancestors in Interwar Greece, was a finalist at the Myriad Editions' First Fictions competition [12][13] and was released in 2016 by Markosia Enterprises.[14]

Singer-songwriter of two concept art bands, Autodivine[15] and the UK-based band Ghosts of Future Past,[16] he has released two illustrated concept albums with linear narratives and post-punk aesthetics.

From 2012 until 2014, he wrote and drew a daily online comic strip entitled Tales of The Smiths about the early unknown days of Morrissey and seminal indie band The Smiths, a 450-page collected edition of which will be released by Omnibus Press in 2018.[17]

Since 2016, he has been researching, writing and drawing Rebel Rebel: The graphic biography of David Bowie, the weekly online comics biography of David Bowie,[18] whilst in 2017 he began researching and serialising his latest series King: The graphic biography of Jack Kirby,[19] about the Ashkenazi Jewish origins of the visual creator of Marvel Comics.

He is the creator and art director of Museums News,[20] a website that focuses on museum and exhibition culture.

Con Chrisoulis currently works as a Senior Lecturer in Commercial Art and Illustration at Teesside University, teaching on the undergraduate and postgraduate Comics & Graphic Novels and Graphic Design courses, whilst conducting practice-led academic research within the graphic novel biography field.[21]


Works in Australia

  • Clans #1-3. MoJo Comics, 1996-1997.
  • Bloodsport #1 (written by Nick Bugeja). Impulse Comics, 1997.

Works in Greece

  • Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity (Greek: Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας [el]) #1-10. MoJo/Dark Wave Comics, 2001-2004.
  • Jazz and Maria TPB – collects the vampire stories from Tales of Unsurpassed Vanity #1-5. MoJo/Dark Wave Comics, 2002.
  • SubArt Comics #1-3. Tsiki-Tsiki Productions, 2002-2003.
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  • SubArt Comics #1-3. Giganto, 2003-2004. ISSN 1109-9224
  • Babel #226. 2004.[citation needed]
  • Sapilla #1-3. 2004-2005. (participation with short stories and front cover)
  • Homer's Iliad (Ομήρου Ιλιάς). Evandros Press, 2004.
  • Homer's Odyssey (Ομήρου Οδύσσεια). Evandros Press, 2004.
  • 9 (Ennea) [el] magazine (2004)[citation needed]
  • Autobio Comics, weekly short stories published within Paraskevi+13 (Παρασκευή+13) newspaper (2005-2006)[22]
  • Red.Dot Comix #10, 2004, #12, 2005. (participation with short stories and pin-ups)
  • 24 Hours SubArt Comics. Tsiki-Tsiki Productions, 2005.[6]
  • Roppongi #2. 2006. (participation with a pin-up)
  • Herodotus' The Battle of Thermopylae (Ηροδότου Η Μάχη των Θερμοπυλών). Evandros Press, 2006.
  • Giant-Size Fascists. Haramada, 2007. ISBN 9789608900332
  • Autobio Comics, gonzo journalist comics published within Big Fish magazine. 2007-2008.
  • Galera [el] (Γαλέρα) magazine (monthly episodes of Giant-Size Fascists and short comics stories). 2007-2008.
  • Giant-Size Fascists ConMix Extravaganza. Jemma Press, 2009. ISBN 9789606732492
  • Autodivine - EP. Jemma Press, 2009. ISBN 9789606732386
  • At The Drive Ink (short story in anthology inspired by garage rock band The Last Drive). Tilt Comics, 2010.[23][24]
  • Giant-Size Fascists reprint. Jemma Press, 2010. ISBN 9789606732492

Works in UK

  • Dryland Book One|||Chapter One. 2012.
  • Dryland Book One. Markosia Enterprises, 2016. ISBN 978-1909276932
  • Tales of The Smiths. Omnibus Press, 2018. ISBN 9781783055876
  • King: The graphic biography of Jack Kirby Chapter One. Self-published, 2018. [25]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter One. Self-published, 2018. [26]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Two. Self-published, 2019. [27]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Three. Self-published, 2020. [28]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Four. Self-published, 2021. [29]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Five. Self-published, 2021. [30]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Six. Self-published, 2022. [31]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Seven. Self-published, 2022. [32]


  • Autobio Comics. Deviantart and Blogspot, 2004-2009.[33][34]
  • Tales of The Smiths. Socomic.gr, 2012-2014.[35]
  • Dryland Book One. Socomic.gr, 2015-2016.[36]
  • Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie. Socomic.gr, 2016-.[37]
  • King: The graphic biography of Jack Kirby. Webtoons, 2017-.[38]

Digital Comics

Other work

As illustrator

As animator



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  1. ^ a b "DRYLAND - Neos Kosmos". NeosKosmos.com. 10 August 2015. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "Οι Smiths σε κόμικ".
  3. ^ ".:BiblioNet : Κων Χρυσούλης".
  4. ^ "Ιστορίες Ατελείωτης Ματαιοδοξίας". 30 March 2010.
  5. ^ "Subart". 14 April 2010.
  6. ^ a b "24 Hours Subart Comics". 27 April 2010.
  7. ^ "Con Chrisoulis 2000-2005 - Small Press Contributions - Anorgani Yli and other fanzines". Archived from the original on 6 January 2017. Retrieved 22 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Sapilla". 14 March 2010.
  9. ^ "Red Dot comix". 14 March 2010.
  10. ^ "Roppongi". 16 April 2010.
  11. ^ "Αρχειο – Ελληνικα Βραβεια Κομικσ". Ebk.gr. 20 June 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2016.
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  15. ^ AUTODIVINE (15 January 2010). "AUTODIVINE live @ Radio Arvila 'Birth & The Teenage Years' 13.1.2010". Retrieved 24 April 2017 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Brighton Rocks – Ghosts of Future Past, The Gaa Gaa's, Pink Narcissus, Friday Night Chorus". BrightonNoise.co.uk. Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  17. ^ Chrisoulis, Con (14 November 2017). Tales of the Smiths: A Graphic Biography. Overlook-Omnibus. ASIN 1783055871.
  18. ^ "REBEL REBEL The graphic biography of David Bowie". patreon.com/conchrisoulis.
  19. ^ "King The graphic biography of Jack Kirby at Webtoon".
  20. ^ "Museums News". MuseumsNews.com. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
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  23. ^ "At the Drive Ink - Facebook".
  24. ^ "THE LAST DRIVE".
  25. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2018/11/01/king-the-graphic-biography-of-jack-kirby-chapter-one/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  27. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2019/11/01/rebel-rebel-chapter-two/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  28. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2020/12/01/rebel-rebel-chapter-three/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  29. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2021/06/14/rebel-rebel-chapter-four/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  31. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2022/05/01/rebel-rebel-chapter-six/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  32. ^ https://www.conchrisoulis.com/2022/09/01/rebel-rebel-chapter-seven/. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  33. ^ "autobio comics by mataiodoxia on DeviantArt". DeviantArt.
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  35. ^ "Tales of The Smiths". www.socomic.gr.
  36. ^ "Dryland". www.socomic.gr.
  37. ^ "REBEL REBEL The graphic biography of David Bowie". www.socomic.gr.
  38. ^ "King The graphic biography of Jack Kirby at Webtoon".
  39. ^ "Tales of The Smiths at ComiXology". Archived from the original on 7 August 2019.
  40. ^ "King: The graphic biography of Jack Kirby Chapter One at ComiXology". Archived from the original on 25 January 2021.
  41. ^ "Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter One at ComiXology". Archived from the original on 14 June 2021.
  42. ^ "Rebel Rebel The graphic biography of David Bowie Chapter Two at ComiXology". Archived from the original on 5 March 2021.
  43. ^ Con Chrisoulis (7 June 2013). "Thodoris Triantafillou & CJ Jeff feat. Nomi Ruiz - Dirty Cash (Video cut) - Official". Retrieved 24 April 2017 – via YouTube.
  44. ^ "Autodivine - EP".
  45. ^ "Ny sida 1".
  46. ^ "Ghosts of Future Past - 4X84 EP".

Works cited

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