Not raining, pouring in May!

April 26, 2016

It’s uncanny how these things always seem to come together all at once. May is going to be a mammoth month of awesome comic festivities!

First cab off the rank in May is the fantastic Homecooked Comics Festival at the Northcote Town Hall (30 April – 1 May 2016), which has grown from strength to strength over the last few years as a truly unique celebration of comics, graphic novels and their creators. Homecooked is a two day event with a number of creative workshops held on Saturday 30 April, tickets for which can be bought here and a Market Day on Sunday 1 May of which I’m fortunate enough to be a part. Homecooked is also running a Pozible campaign to raise funds for the event and you can make your pledge here.

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Poster artwork by Vikky Ong

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Floorplan of the exhibitors on Market Day, Sunday, 1 May at Northcote Town Hall from Midday.
Come and visit me at table 18!

The following weekend on Free Comic Book Day, sees the exciting launch of the fourth issue of Melbourne Comics. I’m very happy to announce that my artwork graces the cover of issue four and features the enigmatic Mimi, from my series Falling Star. It’s a proud send off as it marks the final instalment of Falling Star to appear in Melbourne Comics. The issue is jam packed with awesome content and will also contain Killeroo by Darren Close and Adam Rose, Sugar and Space by Louie Joyce, Nic J. Shaw and Neville Howard, Mini Tom by Thomas Tung, Wrestlers in Space by Dean Rankine and Nathanael Hopkins-Smith, and a centre spread by S.C.A.R – Steve Carter & Antoinette Rydyr. The issue will be launching from 2pm on  7 May at Bartronica.

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Cover artwork by me, yours truly, featuring the central protagonist of Falling Star, Mimi.

The third weekend in May sees me attending Comic Gong in Wollongong. There are a number of events on Saturday 14 May, the details of which can be found here. The day goes from 10am to 4pm. I will be exhibiting and can be found, along with a number of other creators and artists, in the Wollongong Town Hall in the Music Lounge. It will be the first time that I’ve attended this event but by all accounts it’s a great day so I’ll be looking forward to meeting many new people and new fans!

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3D poster artwork by Marcelo Baez

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Floorplan of the exhibitors in the Wollongong Town Hall, Saturday, 14 May from 10am to 4pm.
Come and visit me in the Music Lounge.

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Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF)

February 24, 2016

The inaugural Australian Comic Arts Festival – ACAF was on last weekend in Canberra, and I was lucky enough to be able to participate. I say, ‘lucky’ because what it turned out to be was far better than my expectations. The festival went outside the usual demarcation of similar events by providing a stimulating forum to engage with the medium of comics as well as their creators.
The first day offered a range of workshops and presentations by professionals providing insights and advice across the full spectrum of creating comics. I attended as many as I could and only wish I’d been able to attend more!
The second day, Sunday, was market day and allowed myself and many other independent comic creators from around Australia the chance to showcase our books to the public. People that came to the market day were incredibly receptive and enthusiastic about the work the discovered.
All in all, it was an incredibly positive experience and raises high hopes for the festival next year, which I have no doubt will only be bigger and better. ACAF 2017 will be held 18-19 February 2017.

Check out the ABC’s coverage of the event here.

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Poster artwork by Marijka Gooding

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My table on Market Day.
I had some new work showing (see bottom left corner), a six page sci-fi story.
As well as having my books for sale, I also had posters which sold pretty well, too.

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This was my take-home loot for the festival, which included:
Sixsmiths by Jason Franks (volume two being launched at ACAF on Saturday night),
Rebels, illustrated by Tristan Jones,
Nat Carmichael’s Oi Oi Oi,
Mishmash by Louie Joyce
and Darkest Night and Cobber by Hayden Fryer.

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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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