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.

17 October 2014

This weekend...

I'll be sitting behind the Milk Shadow Books stand at the Armageddon Expo this Sunday after 1pm at the Melbourne Showgrounds. Come by, say hello, and get a free sketch from me with any book of mine you buy.

30 September 2014

Visualising a story.

I tend to do these 'test' pages when I'm excited about doing a story. I just play with format. The below is an idea in 2006 that never went anywhere.

I don't tend to just write the words, sketch some characters, and off I go to the drawing board. No. I like to gauge the book as a whole in my head. I like imagining how the pages in the book will be. The text. The page borders. The panel/grid structure... basically the 'feel' of the pages being looked at when/if the story becomes real. It helps evoke a mood for the work. Helps convince me, "Yep, this is working."... Helps me visualise, stoke the fires, and move forward knowing that it all makes sense to me.

19 September 2014

Fleshing out...

There are a few comic creators that have moved to my neck of the woods in the last year-or-so. Darren Close is one of them, and yesterday he dropped by and we spent the day working on our comics and chatting. A lot of fun. Below is one of the sketches I fleshed out for the next chapter of OXYGEN.

17 September 2014


While the story is already outlined, I spent a little time recently finalising the story of DIGESTED #7 before penciling/inking the pages.

15 September 2014


When you see a comic style done well by another (and it touches on the effect that you're aiming for), it's natural to want to 'test' it yourself... Sometimes this can be a breakthrough, and sometimes it can confuse you even more. It can stop the momentum you had and make you a tad uncertain.

In this case I'm trying to experiment and see whether subtle hatching or bold black works better on cloth folds in my own style... it's a pleasurable way of frustrating myself.

12 September 2014

SPX in America this weekend

My book, NO MAP BUT NOT LOST is being sold (along with many other wonderful Milk Shadow Books) at tomorrow's big American SPX indie comix expo.

If you can't get to the expo, don't worry, you can still buy all the books online at Milk Shadow Books' website.

24 August 2014

Jase Harper's, AWKWOOD...

I looked on my wall calendar yesterday, and it told me I was going to the launch of Jase Harper's new book AWKWOOD.

It was held at the cool Squishface Studios (309 Victoria St, Brunswick).

Jase Harper was busy selling and signing his new book.

Limited edition prints by Jase Harper were also on sale.

On the Studio's window, Jase's original inked pages from the book were displayed for all to view. Really nice way of people being able to enjoy the work from the outside while chatting with a drink in hand.

Matt Emery & James Andre... advertising on the street to passing cars.

James Andre (Milk Shadow Books Publisher).

Jason Franks.

Lucas Testro.

The old regulars.

It was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon... Later.