29 April 2015

Homecooked Comics Festival 2015

This past weekend was the Homecooked Comics Festival at the Northcote Town Hall. From Friday-Sunday, Melbourne hosted and presented some of the Australia's best talents in talks and presentations (Dean Rankine, Paul-Peart Smith, Dylan Horrocks, Thomas Campi, Bruce Mutard, etc)... along with familiar local creators and contributors to our great scene.

I was also lucky enough to do a 45min demonstration on inking with nibs, while I yacked on about my why's and how's. Thanks to those that attended, and to Sarah Howell for having me :)

Bernard Caleo.

Bruce Mutard & Paul Bedford.

Paul-Peart Smith


Scarlette Baccini.

Alana & Craig Bruyn.

I was pleased to hear that Craig liked my NO MAP, BUT NOT LOST book. The whole point of that book was to showcase old (often embarrassing) comics of mine in the hopes it would show a progression of a creator. Craig absolutely got it, and I had a nice chat to him about it. Thanks man!

Cris Roux & Neville Howard.

Brendan Hallyday & Darren Close.

Tim Molloy.

Colin Wilson.

Ben Hutchings.

Bruce Mutard sketching for the kids.

Dean Rankine.

I see you Darren.

The great participants and organisers. (Bernard Caleo & Sarah Howell).

Thomas Campi
(grainy photo thanks to me not setting my camera properly).

I've been admiring Thomas' watercolour illustrations and comics since he arrived in Sydney. I finally got to say hello to him towards the end of the event and picked up some of his work. Such a nice guy.

I had so much fun at this event. Definitely the standout in the comics calendar for me. This is what all comics events should aim for. Well done to all the organisers and participants for making it so good.

Apologies if I missed mentioning anyone at the event or in photos, but my mind is a siv at the moment :)

14 April 2015

Homecooked Comics Festival 2015

Yep, it's on again real soon. The building will be stuffed full of comics, creators, books and drawing. I'll be there doing a 45min inking demonstration also :)

13 April 2015

The Ledger Awards 2015

The 2015 Ledger Awards were on again last Friday, and it was the best one ever...

Bernard Caleo was M.C'ing in his white suit (as per tradition).

Alisha Jade.

Josh Santospirito (on audio instruments) and Chris Downes (on ink instruments).

Very cool show.

Almost all of my favorite cartoonists got a pat on the back that night, including the much deserved Frank Candiloro...


Thomas Campi is one of my favorite Australian cartoonist/illustrators. The guy is a master with digital painting, and I can't wait to see this book that won a Ledger Award.

Tim Molly's 'Mr Unpronounceable' won another award this year. The guy is a machine!

Dean Rankine (crowd favorite) !.... so glad for him. He's another tireless workhorse, and a genuinely nice guy. He seems to just pump out comics every week.

Chris Gooch won for his 'Very Quiet, Very Still' book... Chris is a young cartoonist who's decades ahead of his age in terms of skill.

Great to see some books win that I'd never heard of. (*notes book down in his phone*)

Jase Harper won the GOLD award for his 'Awkwood' book...

Good onya Jase...! (and congrats to Milk Shadow Books for having SO many creators under their umbrella take awards out).

Dean Rankine.


Well done guys :)

Three winners!

Gary Chaloner (chief organiser).

Alana had the best shot.

Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved. I had a ball hanging out, chatting, snapping photos and generally having a really nice time with familiar faces that I don't see often enough. Gatherings like this, if nothing else, serve to get you back to the drawing board with a smile on your face and feeling of comradeship.

And to all the childish haters who were tweeting snide & bitter comments as the show was going on, haven't you got better things to do than tear people down? No one's forcing you to fly the Ledger flag. Grow a pre-frontal cortex.

Anyway... I loved it. See you next year!