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Thursday, December 6, 2012

2012 in Review: Hayden Fryer

Hayden Fryer

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

After many years of both being on the back burner and more or less in development hell, getting the ball rolling on my "Darkest Night" series through the release of "Act One".

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

That's a tough one, my shelves and boxes are literally overflowing with comics that I've picked up and really enjoyed this year!
I'd say the biggest one was finally getting my hands on Mike Mignola's complete (to date) run of Hellboy TPB's. Delving into that world, watching the many layers peel back as Hellboy's character arc unfolded all the while in the midst of subverting story expectations was really a complete joy.

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

The beach, I most definitely enjoyed going to the beach earlier in the year! (The holiday and break at the time was well overdue.)
That and finally getting a chance to really dig into HP Lovecraft's work; "At The Mountains of Madness" specifically was really an eye opener for me in terms of its scope, awe and naturally horror.

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

Visually I've stepped up the size of my original sequential pages from A4 to A3, the follow on effect being the introduction of heavier attention to the backgrounds/set locations, detailed shadows and various digital effects to "finish" the page. As a sideline to the heavier digital focus, I've also stepped out of my comfort zone a bit by experimenting with Indian Ink as a painting medium.

On the writing side, I've been lucky enough to give it a lot more focus this year through a couple of collaborative projects with Paul Abstruse and Ryan Wilton. Traditionally I've drawn from either my own outlines or other writer's scripts; so a core process that the needed to be re-defined this year was finding a different way to bring the smaller detail, movement beats and dialogue stages of the story that were being fleshed out either during or after the final art all the way back to the scripting stage.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Rounding out the first arc of "Darkest Night" with the upcoming release of "Act Two" and hopefully later in the year, "Act Three". Also those aforementioned two collaborative projects will either be hitting shelves or getting very close to it, "Enormis" with Paul Abstruse and "A Gun For All Seasons" with Ryan Wilton!

That's all assuming the world doesn't end...

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Oz Comic-Con Melbourne 2012

The Inaugural Melbourne Oz Comic Con was plagued with issues, mainly stemming from the overselling of tickets, creating an overcrowded Exhibition Centre with many ticket holders locked out while entry was temporarily closed on both days to ease congestion.

The OZ Comic Con facebook page was rife with negative feedback over the weekend from many disappointed punters. Negative comments were going up faster than Oz Comic Con could delete them with threads reaching at some points 400-500 comments.

The news wasn't all bad though. Many punters enjoyed the show and appreciated the rare opportunity to meet pop culture icons and made their thoughts known online. Also every guest and creator in artist alley I've heard from have reported positively about their Oz Comic Con experience with the general impression being this convention attracted more comic readers in contrast to other pop culture events. Perth publisher Gestalt Comics sold out of three of their titles, with James Brouwer and Tom Taylor's The Deep: Here Be Dragons marking three weeks of sellouts after the Sydney and Perth Supanovas. There was also a substantial turn out of comic dealers and stores hosting booths with several out of state appearances and swarms of people actively digging through long-boxes.

Hopefully the negative publicity of this convention will not effect future Oz-cons. I'm certain the organisers have taken these teething problems on-board and will be better prepared in future. In the last few years the amount of good local comics being produced has vastly increased and conventions like this are the perfect place for them to find an audience.

David Holloway writes about the Oz-comic con here.
Bobby N has a round up and photos here.
ABC footage here.
YBNews blog post here.
Sky news video here.
Herald Sun story.