Melbourne Comics is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise donations for The Orangutan Projects (TOP) conservation program. The Orangutan Project is the world’s foremost not-for-profit organisation, supporting orangutan conservation, rainforest protection, local community partnerships and the rehabilitation and reintroduction of displaced orangutans back to the wild, in order to save two orangutan species from extinction.
Tango With Orangos, which you can follow on Project Orangutan, is a fantastic publication that’s been put together by the Melbourne Comics crew, to assist in raising funds and awareness for orangutan conservation. Pledge on the Indiegogo Campaign and 100% of the funds raised go towards this cause, and in turn for your donation, you’ll be provided rewarded with comics, prints or original art. The books and prints feature over 50 creators from Australia, South Africa, United Kingdom and the U.S. All whom contributed to the books for free to do their part in supporting the initiative. The full line up of contributors is listed Tango with Orangos. My contribution to the cause takes place in the form of the below illustration, which I’m proud to say has been chosen as a cover artwork for the 32 page book. For interest’s sake I’ve provided some insight into my working process in the series of images posted.
I’m happy to report that at this stage, the campaign has generated enough to feed one orphan for a year and provide the necessary vet care. Another couple of hundred dollars and there will be enough money to rescue an orphan. If you can’t support financially, please help is spreading the word in assisting The Orangutan Project! Please share the love and ensure the 50 plus creators whom have contributed to the cause did so to make a difference!
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This Sunday I’ll be travelling to the historical town of Bendigo for their annual Record, Comic & Toy Fair. This was something I only heard about after the fact last year, but all that were on the ball enough to be involved were incredibly positive about the whole experience. I was fortunate to meet the organiser at Armageddon last year and have hence been able to ensure that I don’t miss out on being a part of the fair this year. Of course, I’ll be taking Falling Star with me and attending alongside a seemingly increasing number of Melbourne-based creators under the banner of Melbourne Comics, which will also bring the very successful Melbourne Comics Quarterly. It should be a great day and I’m really looking forward to a bit of road trip and the opportunity to get to know a new audience.
Melbourne Comics Creators confirmed for the event are:
Cristian Roux – SAUCE’s Falling Star
Darren Close – Killeroo
Matt Kyme – That Bulletproof Kid
Tom Tung – Xscript Fiction – The Stories and Art of Thomas Tung
Craig Bruyn – From Above
Neville Howard – Melbourne Comics and Gaining Velocity
Alana Bruyn – Melbourne Comics and From Above
The Bendigo Record, Comic & Toy Fair Facebook event page below has more details on how to get yourself there.
I’m pleased to announce that at the culmination of many months of hard work, the third issue of my ongoing comic series, Falling Star, is now complete. Completing a project that you’ve been thoroughly immersed in for some time is one of those things that is both simultaneously a relief as well as traumatic. A relief, as I will suddenly have access to that thing that is otherwise unknown while engaged in a project, ‘free time’ and yet, traumatic for pretty much similar reasons. No doubt my incredibly supportive and understanding partner will also be happy to see more of me than just my head silhouetted against the twin screens of my computer for change — at least hopefully…
As is the nature with many artistic endeavours, a new project provides a neat platform to take all that was learned from producing the previous project and apply it to the current one. Issue three has been no exception, and with two issues behind me, in addition to a number of shorter works, I’ve revelled in being able to challenge myself creatively and build upon not just the visual aesthetics of the book but also my story telling prowess. Again, at the end of the process, there seems to have been so much I’ve learned that if I were to start the book again at this point in time, it would probably be quite different. In fact, I can pretty much guarantee this will happen but it’ll be called, ‘issue four’.
For the meantime however, the focus is on the currently available two issues and soon to be third issue of Falling Star. Falling Star 3 will be launching in conjunction with the other fine local independent publications such as Melbourne Comics Quarterly #1 (featuring From Above, Falling Star, That Bullet Proof Kid, Killeroo and POKI the Rabbit), From Above #6 and That Bulletproof Kid #3. Updates and further details of the event can be found at the Facebook Event Page or on the SAUCE! Facebook Page.
Falling Star 3 launches on Sunday, 25 January, (what is sometimes affectionately termed, ‘Australia Day Eve’) between 1pm – 4pm at Gasolina. Issues one and two of Falling Star will also be available for purchase on the day.
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Some very exciting news to share as on the weekend of the 18-19 Oct, I’ll be at Armageddon Expo in the Melbourne Comics Booth along with the awesome comic creators of Gaining Velocity, From Above and System Earth! I’ll be selling issues one and two of Falling Star, posters and prints as well as signing works and displaying my portfolio.
In addition to being an exhibitor, on the Sunday 19 Oct, I’ll be a part of a panel presented by Melbourne Comics on the Fan Stage at 3pm to discuss, ’The pursuit for a comic industry in the Southern Hemisphere.’
In celebration of the culmination of six months of creative intensity manifesting in the publication of Falling Star 2, enter the ‘Get on the SAUCE!‘ competition to win yourself a free copy!
To ‘Get on the SAUCE!‘ and WIN a copy of FALLING STAR 2:
1. ‘Like’ the SAUCE! Facebook Page
2. ‘Share’ posts with your friends and get them to ‘Like’ the page
Winner will be announced when SAUCE! reaches 150 ‘Likes.’ The more times you ‘Share,’ the better chance you have of winning a copy of Falling Star 2.