10 December 2016

HEROES HQ - (Ballarat)

Had the pleasure of sitting behind a table in a local Ballarat comics shop. This took me back to old times.


I forget how much fun these intimate events are... I had a ball.


And I got to have a road-trip with my comics bud, Darren Close.


Thanks to HEROES HQ in Ballarat for having us.


Selling & sketching.


A great little comic book shop. If you're ever in the town, check it out!

04 December 2016

COMICS MEETUP: Dec.2016

The December comics meetup is always a good one. Predominantly because it's the last hoorah, and everyone wants to see each other for one last time before the year resets.






This is what it's all about...






And this is what it's all about.








Until one comes back to these meetups and talks to fellow creative friends, you forget how much you get re-energised by these connections. Talking about your passions, drives and why we do what we're obsessed by.






My new year's resolution is to be much more immerssed into the field (like i used to be), because I feel (no, actually KNOW) there's a direct relation to connecting with like-minded friends like this, and the quality/output of my own work. It's a symbiotic relationship that can't be gotten by solitude alone.







Here's to a much more productive 2017 (God, already!).

30 November 2016

LITTLE MISS...

I REALLY enjoyed doing this illustration.



Usually, when I start to form an idea for an illustration, it vague, and over time it starts to solidify into a clear image with some development. Not so on this one.


This was one of those great lightning strikes where I had a clear image of what it would look like even before I put pencil to paper. And it pretty much turned out like I imagined.

20 November 2016

LOCAL COMIC SHOP DAY

All Star Comics Melbourne held such a warm event yesterday for Local Comic Shop Day. All three floors were full of people selling & talking comics, grabbing bargains, etc.



I prefer the intimacy of these crowds rather than the apocalyptic frenzy of Free Comic Book Day where the lines stretch around the block and you can barely move in the store... though I'm sure the guys at ASC don't mind it :)


Alex Pavlotski


David Blummenstein & offspring.


I see you, Darren.






Larry Boxshall.

I had such a great time catching up with old faces, and meeting new ones. Can't wait for the next one.

13 November 2016

HIGHBONE THEATRE

One of the best graphic novels I've read in ages... it's also a 574 page monster.



What got me to buy this was Joe Daly's visual style. It's beautiful... and as I started reading it, I thought, "oh no, this is one of those 'stream-of-consciousness' comics where the author just makes it up as he goes". You know, more of a graphical exercise, than a coherent story. I was a little annoyed, but Joe's art kept me hanging in by a finger... and then the story started to unfold, the messages popped up, and i began to smile.



The book is so satisfying, and keeps building until I was blown away at the end. Both visually and how the narrative crystalised. Even obscure things within the story (that when i read them i thought "The author is just being clever and random"), all snap together in the end.

If you like Robert Crumb, you'll love this one. Joe Daly is a genius.. I can't recommend this book highly enough.

08 May 2016

FREE COMICBOOK DAY- 07.05.16

Lots and lots of stuff on yesterday (comics-wise)... Firstly, yes, it was International Comic Book Day. But here in Melbourne (in a convenient one-block city radius no less), We had 1) All Star Comics having their bumper free comic give-away with lines stretching around the corner 2) Artist Alley around the corner had Australia's premier comics creators signing and sketching for fans and kids (and some overlap), 3) Melbourne Comics Quarterly launched their issue#4 at Bartronica across the lane from Artist Alley, 4) The monthly comics meetup was held next door to Bartronica!

So you literally had a flood of free comicbooks, sketching, beer, chats, handshakes, friends and fun all within a block... I swear, i haven't had this much relaxed fun in a long time. I had my camera on me, and just snapped away at the afternoon.




As usual, a big line of comic freeloaders fans in front of All Star Comics.


ASC's resident photographer.






Milk Shadow Books.










... Well, do you?!








In memory of Michael.






Melbourne Comics Quarterly were launching their wonderful MCQ#4!


"... and I was driving like this..."






Comics people are looking cooler by the minute.












The famous stairwell at ASC in Melbourne.