April is turning out to be an action-packed month of comics goodness, showing us all what live should be like all the time. On Sunday, 27 April, an amazing congregation of awesome Creatives will have their beautiful works on display and for purchase at the Home Cooked Comics Festival. So cancel all your other plans, and come along for long or short chats on how cool comics are!
Exhibitors on the Day
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I’ve had my head down working like a maniac on Falling Star #2 for the last few months. If you’d like to find out how that’s coming along, I’ll have a table (number 86) in Artist Alley at Melbourne Supanova, this weekend. Last year was the first year that I’d ever had a table at one of these things and it was a lot of fun. With 12 months hindsight, I’d have to say that having the table was a real gateway to meeting a huge bunch of incredibly creative and vibrant people, so I’m looking forward to what I’m sure will be a similar experience this year.
Apart from having a very up-to-date portfolio on display, I will also be selling copies of Falling Star #1 at a special convention price of $5 each, as well as my remaining copies of SAUCE #0 for the completest collector.
[An example of my current working process from thumbnail sketches to final artwork]
Melbourne Supanova Pop Culture Expo 2014 is on at the Melbourne Show Grounds from Saturday, 12 April to Sunday, 13 April 2014. Make sure you come and say hello if you’re there!
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It’s been an eventful year so far and we’re only a few weeks in.
I finally knuckled down and dealt with niggly computer issues that I’ve been putting off for the last year or so and re-installed the operating system on this old increasingly cantankerous machine I have. Hopefully, this will have an effect more akin to taking a nip of the elixir of life, than Hollywood plastic surgery and effectively extend the ailing beast’s usefulness. It seemed to take a full week to get the animal back up to speed again but this was probably exacerbated by the spate of consecutive furnace-like days we’ve fallen prey to. On these days, the atmosphere in the studio becomes as thick as treacle and it’s impossible maintain any kind of coherent thought. Anyway, it’s done now and I don’t have to think about it ever again because next time I’m just buying a new computer.
Falling Star #1 is gradually filtering its way into retail outlets throughout the country, which is exciting, rewarding and reassuring, in no particular order. So, in case you have been a little slow off the mark and are yet to pick yourself up a copy you may now do so at the following discerning establishments:
Or purchase the comic directly at my online Store.
January saw John Christie, Detective, as part of group exhibition at the Melbourne City Library. John Christie, Detective was a story that I researched and ‘completed’ (perhaps ‘began’ is better as it is far from done and I plan to return to it) for the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award Graphic Short Story category in 2011. It’s a bi-annual award so the exhibition displayed entrants from both 2011 and 2013. Unfortunately, last year I was buried beneath Falling Star pages and unable to submit something for 2013’s award but, I’d like to think that 2015 is carved in stone. One of the nice things about crawling out into the bright wide open after months of head down studio myopia is meeting others with a similar affliction and dedication. David Blumenstein won the coveted 2013 award (no sight of hide nor hair of the 2011 winner) and if you read his blog you’ll see that his entry garnered all sorts of attention from Bolt and his believers. Awesome!
If you found it a little too far to walk to the Melbourne City Library during January, or were just, understandably, pre-occupied with extreme UV ratings, dehydration and other general hot weather sundry concerns, then do not despair – preserved for all eternity below, is a virtual tour of the exhibition.
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This week has been a great and exciting week.
The arrival of a fairly nondescript box…
…brings a heightened sense of apprehension…
…but the first inspection…
This is my first comic that has been published solely for retail. I am very lucky to be living in a town where there are a number of incredibly supportive stores that actively encourage and promote local comic creatives.
Falling Star #1 at all good comic stores.
Pick up a copy now at:
Coming soon to:
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It’s well past time to post new pages, don’t you think?
To tell the truth, I’ve had some of these pages for a little while. The first few were originally available for public scrutiny in a small black & white anthology of my own works, with a very tiny print run, for Supanova. I called it SAUCE!#0 which may at least elicit a smirk from anyone that fell prey to ‘collecting’ comics in the nineties, such as I did. It’s been a little while since the expo, so, I’m happy to say, there are more pages – brand spanking new pages – than were in that publication, but I’m going to bring everyone up to speed first.
So, the plan is that starting from today, I’m going to publish a page a week online and we’re going to have ourselves a Falling Star Marathon, which, if I have to admit, I quite like the sound of! Of course, in the mean time while that’s going on, I’ll be working away on even more Falling Star pages, so who knows, perhaps the stars will align and it will be one smooth production line of continuous story. Ha! That would be something, wouldn’t it?
If you need a refresher, or you’d like to start from the beginning, you can do so here with the prologue. But, if you’d prefer to leap straight back into the action, click here to start reading the first chapter. The images in this post also link to the story.
I’ll admit, the first new page is just a teaser. It was a little different in print but I didn’t think that what was in print would work so well online and of course, what’s online doesn’t quite work in print. Anyway, I hope you get a kick out of it. And, if you do, please pass the word around, like SAUCE! on facebook, or even on twitter.