17 November 2014

Yeeha! - A Comics Showcase

In a few weeks I'll have two originally inked comics pages from my next issue of DIGESTED in a gallery showing at the Fawn Gallery with some of the best creators in Australia (see flyer above) called YEEHA! Also, each creator's original artwork will be FOR SALE! So come down and buy an original framed piece to hang on your wall, or grab some books/prints which will also be on offer.

10 November 2014

Comicpalooza #2

Guess where and when this year's Comicpalooza #2 was held...

On a hot afternoon, four great books were launched in a cool air-conditioned pub in Melbourne's CBD. Launched on the day were books from Chris Gooch (Very Quiet, Very Still), Dale Miccanti & Tennille Owens (The Misadventures of Peter Pumpkinhead featuring artists from the web comic), Tom Garden (System Earth 5) and SCAR (The Fuglies).

Chirs Gooch signing copies.

Matt Emery & Brenan Halyday.

Brendan Halyday selling behind the table.

The local scene turned out in numbers to support the four new books.

The creators of the four books.

03 November 2014

Debbie's Inferno

Grabbed Anne Emond's 32 page comic DEBBIE'S INFERNO from Matt Emery at the last Melbourne Comics Meetup. The cartooning style caught my eye. Reminded me of Mandy Ord's work.

It's a quick read but very good. I really enjoy comics like these that make the reading experience like you're taking a walk on the beach... a nice change from all the usual fragmented angst and fury of other comics. From a visual point-of-view I like the grid structure Anne's used, and the cartooning style has a very 'R.Crumb' feel to it. Story-wise, I thought it was ok on first reading... but I re-read it again this morning over a cup of tea (with nowhere to be) and I liked it a lot. Just goes to show how time/place/mood can effect one's appreciation of things. Really good stuff.

29 October 2014

Withheld - (review)

WITHHELD has a special place in my heart. It was the first book I published as my own. It's when I jumped in with both feet and said, "This is mine."

Thanks to the guys at Melbourne Comics for featuring WITHHELD as the first review in their series called 'Small puddle. Big waves'.

Click here to read the review.

27 October 2014

Squishzine Brunstown

Yesterday afternoon (26th-OCT-2014), Squichface Studio launched their FREE comic book called Squishzine Brunstown.

David Blummenstein & Ben Hutchings unboxing the gorgeous comics before the launch.

The day was a pretty hot and sunny one. Better than it raining all over the comics I suppose.

And it gave people the chance to chat and drink in the sun.

A cool little jazz band was cranking out some nice tunes to set the mood.

The ring-leaders of the wonderful free comic... David Blummenstein (left) and Ben Hutchings (middle)

Ive Sorocuk (red shirt)

Jase Harper (black t-shirt & sunnies)

It's an absolutely beautiful A5 colour comic, and it's FREE no less. So what are you waiting for? Get down to Squishface Studio and grab yourself a copy!

20 October 2014

Armageddon 2014

I had a great time sitting behind the Milk Shadow Books booth yesterday at Armageddon Expo (Melbourne Showgrounds). As I walked from my car to the event, there was the usual costumed hoards of teenagers (and not-so-teenagers) walking to the entrance like ants.

As I got there, I was greeted by my high school friend (Emmanuel), and his kids.

I had the privilege of sitting next to the talented Jase Harper.

One of Jase Harper's beautiful prints that was on sale.

In between talking to people, I doodled in my sketchbook.

A Ben Hutchings (Hutcho) poster.

Jason Franks and Paul Bedford. Aside from the joy that the actual comics 'craft' gives me (alone behind paper)... the social aspect of the scene is all about hanging out with mates like these... This shot, however, does little to alleviate the 'geek' stereotype from our medium, Paul.

An old work/studio colleague, Ben Stock, dropped by. He's the only person I've worked with in my design career that's actually 'into' the comics scene.

Melbourne Comics had a very interesting panel discussing comics, distribution and all related aspects concerning getting our work out.

The Gestalt booth.

FEC Comics

John Petropoulos ( Bug&Stump) & daughter.

Where I sat during the day... The Milk Shadow booth.

Melbourne Comics.

Neville Howard (Melbourne Comics/Velocity)

Troy Varker ( All Star Comics ).

Harrison Chua.

This is the great thing about the comics scene... everyone is so friendly and gets along. No one really covets information, nor is afraid of mixing with (so called) competition. It's all very friendly... unlike many in the photography field.

Jase Harper.

A fairly good turnout, as usual.


Brendan Halyday and Darren Close.

It was a humid afternoon, but otherwise, our booth good sales. Thanks to Milk Shadow Books for having me behind their table. I had fun sitting with you all and sketching for customers.