Midday Shot: Tim and Judy Sharp on Laser Beak Man
Laser Beak Man has a blue cape, a duck-bill nose and an irreverent charm that is all his own. He’s the star of an ABC3 TV animation series and the subject of some highly collectable works of art. And it doesn’t end there: he has inspired a TED Talk, appeared in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and in June this year, he’ll return to New York City to tread the boards in a stage production based on his adventures.
Laser Beak Man is the creation of Brisbane-based artist Tim Sharp. At age three, Sharp was diagnosed with severe autism – but, defying a gloomy prognosis from doctors, he’s since become a successful artist with an international profile.
Tim Sharp drops by the Wheeler Centre with his mother Judy, who encouraged his drawing and recognised his talent from the beginning. She’s written a book, A Double Shot of Happiness, chronicling her son’s childhood diagnosis and his subsequent development as an artist. Join the pair in conversation with Bernard Caleo for a dose of inspiring conversation and hilarious animation.
Tim Sharp is 27 years old and has autism. At age 11, Tim invented Laser Beak Man – a character who allows Tim to show the world his great sense of humour and intelligence, as well as his original way of looking at life. Laser Beak Man has his own eight-episode animated TV series screening on ABC3, Cartoon Network Asia, New Zealand and Australia.
Judy Sharp raised two boys as a single mother – Tim and his younger brother Sam. Sam is a former state swimmer who competed at the 2012 Olympic swimming trials, and now works as a professional swim coach. Tim and Judy spend much of their time helping organisations and schools that work with autistic children. They live in Brisbane.
Bernard Caleo is a comic book communicator. He makes comics, publishes comics, teaches about comics and preaches about comics. He published the romance comics anthology Tango from 1997 to 2009. With filmmaker Daniel Hayward, he made the feature documentary Graphic Novels! Melbourne! in 2012, and they have presented the film in Australia, Europe and the USA.