Showing posts with label dean rankine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dean rankine. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

2013 in Review: Dean Rankine

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2013?
2013 has been HUGE!

Continuing to get work with Simpsons Comics has been superb and has opened a lot of doors for me.

I was a guest at Armageddon Expo, Supanova and Oz Comic Con in Melbourne, then got to fly to New Zealand twice for 3 cons (Hamilton, Wellington, Auckland) thanks to Armageddon Expo and Arkham City Comics.

I did a number of in-stores; Heroes For Sale and Arkham City Comics (Auckland), Kings Comics (Sydney), Impact Comics (Canberra) and All Star Comics (Melbourne). And presented at the CREATE Conference in Canberra.

I also got interviewed on JOY fm and New Games Plus as well as radio, podcasts and TV in NZ and a radio thing for France.

AND my comic Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land was released digitally.

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2013?
I generally like my comics low-brow and this year I started getting into digital comics. I've enjoyed Suicide Squad, Batgirl, Aquaman, Batman '66, Red Sonja and I'm in the middle of reading Dr. Who Prisoners of Time. 

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2013? 
I got to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama (with 2000 of his closest friends) that was pretty cool!

We decided to give our son a 'bonus year' before sending him to school. Best thing we ever did. And I've loved reading him books and playing Lego Batman together on the XBOX. 

I got to take my daughter with me to New Zealand. That was a really special time which I think brought us closer together. I just loved being with her for her first plane flight. AND we got to sit next to Spiderman writer Dan Slott!

And earlier in the year my wife, kids and I did a driving holiday to Queensland and did the theme park thing. We all had a ball!

What are you looking forward to in 2014?
Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land #1 comics out in print (thanks to the fine folk at Action Lab Comics)!!!!

I'm in the middle of working on the next twisted story as we speak. And I'm really looking forward to showing people. 

And I'm going to Perth and Adelaide for Oz Comic Con which is going to be a hoot!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Armageddon Melbourne 2013

Some of comic folk at Armageddon Melbourne 2013.

All Star Comics

Colin Wilson and Tom Taylor

Colin Wilson sketches Star Wars

Fil Barlow and Helen Maier

Richard Fairgray

Craig Bruyn

Dean Rankine

Matt Kyme, Matthew Nicholls and Ross Stewart

Brent Anderson

Sorab Del Rio

Steve Sparke

Neville Howard and BMB

Monday, May 20, 2013

Interview: Dean Rankine


One of the friendliest cartoonists I've met in Melbourne scene, I've been pleased to see Dean Rankine prosper in recent years. Five years ago we both tabled at a sparsely attended comics fair in Melbourne with more tumbleweeds than public in attendance. The last year has seen Dean a regular guest at Australian conventions where he keeps his head down and his pen constantly moving to keep up with commission requests. Dean's profile has expanded substantially with regular gigs on the Bongo Comics' Simpson's titles and prolific contributions for various local and international publishers. Next week Dean attends his first of two conventions outside Australia with appearances at Armageddon in Hamilton and Auckland, I asked him a few questions via email late April.

Read Dean's Armageddon profile here.

When did you start creating comics?

I've basically drawn my whole life. I remember making my own comics as a kid. I don't recall actually finishing many of the stories. But I started a lot!
In recent years you've worked for various international publishers, at what phase of your career did you commence professional work? Do you still hold a day job outside of comics?

After high school I did an Art and Design course at TAFE in 1989/90. And I've basically freelanced since then. I've done okay but never made enough that I'd feel comfortable about quitting my 'day job'. So, for a number of years to support my comic creating addiction I've been a Community Development Worker. I've worked with homeless people, been a Drug and Alcohol counselor and for the past 12 years I've worked on a Needle/Syringe Outreach Program. Which basically means I drive around at night and hand out clean injecting equipment to injecting drug users. It's a job I really enjoy and can imagine continuing doing for sometime to come.
What has been a favorite piece of work from recent years?

That's a hard question. I really love doing work for Simpsons comics. And the more pages I do I feel I'm getting a better handle on the characters. Also earlier in the year I completed issue #1 of 'Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy'. Which was an absolute blast to do. And BTW appears to now have a publisher. So I'll keep you posted about how that pans out. 
Are you involved in any forms of cartooning communities? is this important to you?

It's rare that I get to any of the local comic meet-ups. But I enjoy it when I do. So my main interaction with comic peeps is over the interweb. And I cannot begin to tell you how important that is to me. The friendships I've made and the support I've received online over the years has been amazing. And to be honest I don't know how I'd cope without it.
Do you have any highlights from recent conventions you'd like to share?

Going out for tea together at the last Melbourne con was pretty good! 

But the last couple of cons have been fantastic! Being a guest has been cool. Because you score a free lunch and get to go to the 'green room' and having awkward conversations with famous people.

But my absolute favourite part is sketching for the punters who come up to my table and getting to see other comic creators in the flesh.
Have you been to New Zealand before?

No. I haven't. And I am super-stoked that Armageddon is giving me the chance to come over. I think the shows are going to be an absolute hoot! And I'm looking forward to just having some time to check the place out.