30 July 2014

Best comic shop in the world!


All Star Comics has won the Eisner award for world's best comic store. Co-owner Mitchell Davies in the Lonsdale Street store. Photo: Angela Wylie

Congratulations to Mitch & Troy at All Star Comics (Melbourne) for winning the Eisner award this year for best comic book shop IN THE WORLD!

Thanks for showing off my DIGESTED books there on the right fellas. Take note other comic shops... little things like this are the reason why these guys won.. luv ya's.

18 July 2014

Bruce's exhibition

Last night I went along with my girlfriend to Bruce Mutard's exhibition at Monash University in Caulfield. We were late and it was a awfully cold night, but after walking around the University for ages in search of this little room, we enjoyed the last 15-30 minutes of it.


Familiar faces showed up to support and appreciate Bruce's hard work.






Love the subtlety of Bruce's work. Notice how the kids have simple dots for eyes, whereas the adults have fully-detailed ones. I like the distinction of what each would offer the reader in the story from this visual point-of-view.




Congratulations, Bruce.

This was the culmination of a number of years of hard work by Bruce on the subject of comics and how they're read and function. The walls were installed with a nice reading experience while one circulated with people and talked.


Brendan Hallyday echoed the appreciation of being able to see artwork in all it's imperfections of white-out, pencils and fix-ups. Creators love this kind of stuff.



13 July 2014

Comics meet: 12.07.14

Usually the meetups are held on the 1st Saturday of the month (which was last week), but since Oz Comicon was on the same weekend, it was pushed forward til the following week. It was another nice comfortable meetup in the cosy Prince Alfred Hotel pub.






I chatted to a few regulars like Frank, Philip and Neville, but spent most of the time whining to Colin Wilson about what's wrong with the world.

Next comics meet is in 3 weeks. See you there.

01 July 2014

Unplugging

Every now and then, I'd suggest taking a day or afternoon off from whatever routine you have, and do something creative without any pressure to achieve an outcome. No checklist of items to cross off in this time, but rather just let go, relax and have fun.

In my case, I got into the city three hours before last Friday's Radioactive Lounge podcast, and spent it wandering the city with my camera. With nowhere to be for hours, I just wandered around taking photos and letting life pass me by. Here are some results of the day.











Days like these are the main reasons I prefer working part-time. A creative person needs time to do nothing but absorb, to refill the tank, to decompress and re-charge the eyes and mind... I have to remember to do this more often.