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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

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Paper Trail

Emily Dickinson at Gavin Aung Than's Zen Pencils

Luke Pickett and Gerard Dwyer close out chapter one of ACV with an epilogue. Read from part one here.

Nick Gazin reviews Karl Wills' Princess Seppuku in the Lower Depths for VICE. Wills' Jessica of the Schoolyard features in the forthcoming Michael Dowers curated, Treasury of Minicomics volume one, from Fantagraphics.

The Legend of Money Pig at Cakeburger.

Dylan Horrocks has started a new blog exploring spiritual belief, the year of belief. Horrocks' also featured in a creative commons case study for

Artic Circle cartoonist Alex Hallat talks to Soda magazine.

Tasmanian cartoonists Josh Santospirito and Chris Downes performed their live comic ghost story, The Shipwright & the Banshees to a sold out audience as part of MONA FONA 2013 in Hobart last night. Chris Downes' stunning poster is available here.

 J Caleb Mozzocco at School Library Journal interviews Roger Langridge.

Roger Langridge contribution to SATAN IS ALIVE anthology

The recently launched New Zealand comics anthology Faction Comics is now available in free digital form.

Fil Barlow is offering 5 day design tutorial sessions here. Series writer Brandon Graham shared Barlow's upcoming cover for Prophet #37. You may see it or you may not, Barlow shares via facebook an interview he did with Brandon Graham from Prophet #28.

Now sold out but keep an eye out for future opportunities to buy Simon Hanselmann's Artist Trash!

Hanselmann shared pages from his forthcoming Australian” comics/art anthology Victoria Drugs Scene at Girl Mountain.

Our handsome Paper Trail masthead is courtesy of Toby Morris, here's his rendition of Joseph Dredd having a cuppa.

In the neverending quest of cartooning archeology I picked up a pile of old Auckland newspapers, The Weekly News, which my brother has been scanning and making notes on for me. Here's a couple samples,

The Ornate masthead of The Weekly News

Sir Gordon Minhinnick cartoon from Feb 9th, 1944.

Upcoming on Pikitia Press from the work in progress folder:

 Feature on Maori cartoonist Harry Dansey.

Wartime cartooning by Australian soldiers in Stand Easy after the defeat of Japan.

The early comics work of Tom Scott.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2012 in Review: Frank Candiloro

Frank Candiloro 

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2012?

It’s been a big year for me comics wise – I’ve managed to put out 4 books ranging from 30-70 pages each, had a number of interviews and positive write-ups of my work, was involved in Big Arse 2, got featured in Best Art Ever on Comics Alliance a few times, Brian Michael Bendis bought one of my books.… it’s been very encouraging to say the least :P

But if I had to name one major highlight, it would be finally putting out Behind The Crooked Cross; it was something that I wanted to do for a long time and was reluctant to do so since it was a World War II story and it being so different to the comics I usually make. I'm glad that I stepped out of my comfort zone and made something that was very difficult and emotionally exhausting to create. In the long run, I think it paid off. I think it’s my best work to date. 

Who are some of the comics creators that you've discovered and enjoyed for the first time in 2012?

It’s been a big year for Image Comics, and in particular their reboot of Prophet was something of an eye-opener for me; it made me discover the work of Brandon Graham, Giannis Milonogiannis and Simon Roy. They each have different and unique styles but also work quite well together, delivering an awesome, dream-like sci-fi environment, reminiscent of Moebius. Another highlight was discovering some of the old stories that Steve Ditko wrote and drew, such as Mr A, the H. Series and Avenging World, reflecting his objectivist views. It just re-affirmed how great of an artist the man is.

Regarding the local comic scene I discovered a lot of great artists who I had known of for a while but had never sought out their comics until this year. People like Tim Molloy, Scarlette Baccini, Peter Foster, Fil Barlow, Matt Kyme and Matt Nicholls did some superb work this year, among many others, and it’s pretty inspiring.

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2012?

I went on a trip to the US in July, and stayed a while in New York. I had always been interested and influenced by New York culture and it was an amazing, stimulating city, with so much character and history. The Museum of Modern Art, Greenwich Village, Grand Central, Broadway, Little Italy, I could have stayed there for a year and not get enough of the place; it made me think about a new direction for my future comics. It’s inspired me to make a story about it, which should be out at the end of 2013. 

Have you implemented any significant changes to your working methods this year?

I realised that if I wanted to make at least 4 comics a year, I’d have to get a lot more stringent about my creative process. So I decided that I’d draw for 6 hours each night, whether it be comic pages or just random artwork if I’ve completed a comic. It’s important that you’re always making art no matter what it is or how terrible you believe it may be.

I also decided that I’d begin writing the next comic while finishing the current comic I’d be doing. It’s not because I want to speed up the creative process, but simply that I have a lot of ideas for future books, and writing them down in script form ensures that I’ll get around to making them.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Naturally I’m looking forward to putting out more books, and also to see how much more the local comic scene grows. It’s still fairly small but the overall quality of the books is vastly improving, so I think there are bright days ahead. Here’s to many more great comics.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Paper Trail

Been a busy week relaxing in a little beach-side community. Amongst the bars, fish and chip shops, and cafes I found a little book exchange which yielded this beaten up gem below.

I have half a dozen Al Hartley drawn Spire Christian Comics. Fascinating in their optimistic biographical depictions of lives touched and turned around by faith and all illustrated with the supple flair Hartley used for Atlas and Archie comics. I love picking up comics like these from the seventies, cheap and disposable. Kids these days won't get to experience the joy of rifling through the corner store spinner rack with a handful of coins. Me, I'll keep digging up these treasures in the back corners of little shops in provincial towns around Australasia.

Here's some bit and pieces I've found in the ether of last week..

Veteran Melbourne cartoonist Bruce Mutard joined the internet not too long ago and has a site here with a portion of his work for various publishers. I gather this may still be a work in progress so check in for updates. I have a lengthy interview with Bruce gathering dust in the cupboard, I'll attempt to dust it off this week.

Fil Barlow writes about his recent animation shorts and comparing his original painted work with published pages from his 1980's Zooniverse mini series.

Elf-Fin writer Julie Ditrich writes about Wonder Woman and her creator William Moulton Marston for Trouble Magazine.

Wonder Woman photoshoot from Large magazine (2000).

The State Library of Victoria has a touring exhibition of Australian comics featuring at The Ballarat Library Monday, 17 September, 6:00 - 7:30. Bernard Caleo and State Library staff will offer presentations covering the past, present and future of the comics medium. A selection of modern comics for young and old, as well as rare items from the SLV collection, including original newspaper comic strips from the 1920s and classic Australian science fiction and superhero comics from the 1940s to the '60s, featuring art by John Dixon, Stanley Pitt and Keith Chatto.

 Adrian Kinnaird writes about New Zealand Comic Creators presence at the 2012 Treviso Comic Book Festival and Frankfurt Book fair.

Melbourne's open studio of comic creators, Squishface Studios, have an exhibition of art created on cardboard beer coasters in the upcoming Melbourne Fringe Festival. Details here.

Go follow the Squishface tumblr for coverage of Squishface events like their Ladies' Drawing Auxilary nights (own dedicated blog here), and their recent Exhibitchin' here and here, as well as other Australian comic happenings.
 A Man and a Comic

Michael Hawkins teases a page from his contribution to Pat Ausilio's forthcoming faux Marvel anthology Marvel Comics Presents 6 on his tumblr.

Alex Hallatt recently celebrated 5 years of her KIng Features syndicated strip, Arctic Circle. Alex recently returned to England after nine years living in Australia and New Zealand. An Arctic Circle e-book was recently made available here. I'm preparing an interview with Alex for the Pikitia Press Book, she commented the following regarding her transition from clinical research into cartooning:

"Yeah, I hated it. It was working in an office. It was working with science. It was working in the pharmaceutical industry which is everything you think it would be. Which is not good. So I had this dream, you know some people say, it's a lottery, but I just thought one of these days I'm going to get my cartoons syndicated and that was always my dream. I'd do that on the side and send that off and get rejected."

Killeroo creator Darren Close has solicited for submissions to the first annual Gangwars anthology featuring stories set in the world of Killeroo. More details here.

Killeroo by Wayne Nichols 

Emmet O' Cuana of the Momus Report and Ryan Huff of the Geek of Oz have teamed up to produce a podcast, Beardy and the Geek, with recent episodes featuring Paul Bedford and
Darren Close.

 Paul Bedford

The Pikitia Press tumblr is ticking along over here...

Noel Cook gag strip 1940

I posted the third part of the Skinny arse speeches in a previous post. here are the first two featuring Bernard Caleo (MC), J Marc Schmidt, Tohby Riddle, David Blumenstein, and Gregory Mackay courtesy of Dark Matter Fanzine.

David Holloway reviews Winter City and interviews creator Patrick Purcell here.

Not Australasian related other than a record of how I read a particular comics character during my youth in New Zealand:  Why I love Dan Dare (and you should too) at the Tearoom of Despair.

 Original board of Don Harley illustrating Dan Dare

Paul Mason writes a stream of conscious post on reading reviews, the realities of independently producing a comic in Australia, and some process notes behind his Soldier Legacy comic here.

Pikitia Press Headquarters have the next volume of Ballantyne from Peter Foster due on the publishing schedule. Below is a page from one of the first stories Peter did for DC Thomson in 1979, Detective Sargeant Crag, a hard nosed copper who featured in Crunch. Sadly these stories are unlikely to ever be reprinted, like a lot of material produced for DC Thomson and their rival IPC the realities of a modern audience for the work is so minor to make reprints not financially viable. Perhaps these comics will get a digital afterlife at some stage.

Crag illustrated by Peter Foster, Writer Unknown, Copyright 2012 DC Thomson