Melbourne Comics Quarterly #3

September 24, 2015

This Saturday, 26 September, sees the launch of a three books at All Star Comics that I’ve had the excellent opportunity to contribute to. The books are all the initiative of Melbourne Comics, and includes the third issue of their Melbourne Comics Quarterly, an anthology comic with a focus on putting the spotlight on local creators. This is the also the third issue I’ve been happy to provide content for, as I’ve been consecutively serialising the first issue of Falling Star. The issue also includes stories from creators Scott Reid with Lil’ Prick, Darren Close with Killeroo, Steve Boyd with POKI the Rabbit and Dean Rankine with Itty Bitty Bunnies.

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The two additional books being launched are for the Melbourne Comics‘ initiative, Project Orangutan, raising money for The Orangutan Project. I was honoured to be approached to contribute to the books by Melbourne Comics and provided pin-up artwork that I’m proud to say was then selected as the cover to the 64 page deluxe edition of Tango with Orangos. This book is one of two that features an incredible array of artworks and comics by over 50 Australian artists who all donated their talent for the cause of orangutan conservation. To get your hands on copies of these books, come along to the launch this weekend at All Star Comics.

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Falling Star #4

August 14, 2015

What can I say? This was a big one, which probably accounts for why it’s a little later than I originally anticipated. I think my initial estimates were possibly May, which seems somewhat laughably optimistic in hindsight. Nevertheless, Falling Star #4 is now complete and the files sent to the printer, amidst mixed feelings of relief and perhaps even that certain amount of anxiety that always accompanies any kind of finalising action to a creative project.

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By far my most ambitious comic to date and dare I say, finally managing to scrape against what my aspirations for the series have been from the start – the desire to tell allegorical stories. I’ve always felt that genre fiction is at its best when it has something beyond being simply an action romp. I think that super hero stories particularly lend themselves to metaphor as it sometimes seems to me that these kind of stories have been used for the entirety of human civilisation for exactly this purpose. In my cheekier moments I’d probably suggest that these kind of stories have helped define our moral outlook and millions have happily given up their lives in their endorsement. Not that I’m expecting anyone to make the Ultimate Sacrifice after reading this issue, I’d be happy with them simply encouraging others to buy a few copies.

The fourth issue of Falling Star is entitled Cara’s Story and is the first in what is envisioned as a trilogy in the Monsters story arc. The story focuses on Cara, a character who has previously appeared in issues one and two and her efforts to get by in a society riddled with anxiety and suspicion over the growing Alter crisis. What does she have to fear and what is behind her obsession with insects? Agents exercise newly granted powers to respond to the crisis while these same powers are debated on national television. And, what is the connection with the continuing disappearances of people?

Falling Star #4 will be launching into the world as part of the Sweet Comics Launch at All Star Comics on Saturday, 29 August alongside, Tales to Admonish, That Bullet Proof Kid, Mini Tom and Hard Boiled.

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Banner artwork by Thomas Tung

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Tango with Orangos – A Comic with a Cause

June 12, 2015

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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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Bendigo Record, Comic and Toy Fair

March 20, 2015

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.

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Melbourne Comics Creators confirmed for the event are:

Cristian Roux – SAUCE’s Falling Star
Darren CloseKilleroo
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.

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Falling Star 3 Launch

January 14, 2015

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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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