Showing posts with label jerome bihan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label jerome bihan. Show all posts

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Paper Trail

More 2013 in Review surveys run this week. Cartoonist's featured so far:

Bruce Mutard
Stuart McMillen
Frank Candiloro  
Richard Fairgray  
Colin Wilson  
Jason Franks
Matt Kyme
Anthony Woodward
Caitlin Major
Sarah Laing
Sam Orchard  
Gavin Aung Than
Scarlette Baccini
David Follett
Simon Hanselmann
Michel Mulipola
Li Chen
Ryan K Lindsay  
Christopher Downes
Dean Rankine
Alisha Jade  
Theo Macdonald
Paul Mason
James Davidson
Tim Molloy
Jason Chatfield

Garth Jones writes about logo design for Home Brewed Vampire Bullets.

Dave Dye has been quietly blogging his progress on The Anzac Legend: A Graphic history.

New Zealand Phantom comics covers derived from interior artwork.

Jerome Bihan's Oakward Park.

Emmett O'Cuana guests on Sci Fi and Squeam.

Owen Leong interviews Matt Huynh.

Bobby N takes photos of Melbourne comic folk.


Gary Clark celebrated drawing his 10,000 Swamp strip this year.

Should have been mentioned earlier: Ronnie Scott reviews Dailies #3, Victoria Drug Scene and Blood and Thunder #2.

Wandering through Collingwood yesterday I spied some work going on around the Keith Haring mural down there. Has this been repainted in recent years? It seemed more vibrant than the last time I saw it. (Click to enlargenify)

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Paper Trail

Jerome Bihan on tumblr, A Strict Diet of Self.

Zen Pencils in Hindi.

David Blumenstein Flickr set for Camp Chugnut 2013.

Not comics: The Listener records remembrances of recently passed New Zealand artist Ralph Hotere.

Bookmarks catch up: Margaret Irvine writes about Eric Heath.


Becky Dreistadt & Frank Gibson guest on Panel Borders.

Jase Harper blogs the creation of his graphic novel at Awk-ward.

Wellington art gallery and zine/comic stockists Matchbox Studios.

 Nat Karmichael writes about Jackie Ryan's Burger Force.

 Ness interviews Bruce Mutard.

Callout for papers related to Australasian humour for the 20th Australasian Humour Studies Network Colloquium on 14,15 February 2014 at the National Library in Wellington. Ian Grant, Chair of the New Zealand Cartoon Archive at the National Libary, will give a keynote presentation on the history of New Zealand cartooning.

Details here.

Limited copies of Simon Hanselmann's St Owl's Bay broadsheet (with special deleted scene!) are now available from the Silent Army online store.

Lauren Davis destroys Dylan Horrocks website, writing about Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.

Talking about New Zealand comics Panel discussion with  Dylan Horrocks, Sam Orchard, Adrian Kinnaird and Sarah Laing at ST PAUL St Gallery in Auckland.

2013 Zine and Indy Comic Symposium in Brisbane.

Facebook gallery of launch party for the collected book of Matthew Hoddy and Caitlin Major's webcomic Space Pyrates.

Cory Doctorow reviews Tim Molloy's Mr Unpronounceable Adventures, available now from Milk Shadow Books.

Bookmarks catch up: New Zealand Political Cartoon Annual 2012.

Bobby N photo blogs the April Melbourne comics meet up.

Alan Rose Cartoons and Caricatures.

Regular Show cover by Rebecca Clements.

Matt Huynh talks coffee.

Read three Matt Huynh comics debuting at this years Mocca Arts Festival.

   Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Monday, January 28, 2013

Tim Molloy - Radio As Paper Article 2010

The following article featured in NZ anthology Radio As Paper #4 published early 2010. 

Tim Molloy

Late 2009, Tim Molloy's work was one of the last feature exhibitions at Gallery 696 in Melbourne, Australia. The well attended exhibition was also a launch party for Molloy's most recent comic, Saturn Returns. A combination of Comic Art, Paintings, Sculpture and Installations, the exhibition was planned a full year in advance and the work on display was filled with meticulous detail.

Reading from an early age, Molloy had Tintin and Asterix amongst his intake and started creating his own comics before adolescence. Picking up on superhero comics a bit later Molloy was also turned onto 2000AD back when it was affordable for kids and had a creative cast of today's comic superstars. Various friends introduced Molloy to alternative comics like Milk and Cheese and he also became aware of New Zealand comics in his teens such as Andy Conlan's Strumming Teeth and the work of Willie Saunders.

Andy Conlan's Strumming Teeth

A formative comic experience of Molloy's was when Auckland legend and housemate, James James, dragged him aside at a party and threw a blanket over them for an impromptu comic creating lesson. "Look at this shit man! There's a light source! make those lines darker!" Friend Ben Stenbeck has also been a source of advice and inspiration over the years.

One of the first publishing efforts Molloy contributed to was Poot, in collaboration with a couple friends. Set out on A4 folded into quarters, Poot was distributed around Auckland with a last issue print run of 500 copies. Later Molloy contributed cartoons such as Ninja Sheep and Drunken Otter and Satan and to the Auckland Uni mag, Craccuum, and self-published many comics in the ensuing years.


In his late teens Molloy tried Magic Mushrooms and these had an effect upon his consciousness that led to him discarding what he had been doing previously and to develop a new direction with his work. Symbolism and esoteric elements  became more prevalent. Saturn Returns like much of Molloy's recent work features dialogue rendered in an alien symbolic language coupled with surreal imagery which are all earmarks of a style, distinctly Molloy's.

Molloy's recent exhibition showcased his work in a few different mediums, included detailed maquettes of characters from his comic work. Utilising architects moulding clay he created fully painted detailed renditions of his 2d work.  Molloy uses Stabiler Artline pens and the Artline 210 medium 0.6 by Shachihata is a staple of his work, providing a great variance of line widths for a relatively cheap pen. For very fine detail he switches to .1 and .005 pens. All his line work he manipulates in  Photoshop and Illustrator. Molloy confesses the editing functions available to him via computers allow him to obsess over every corner and detail which he feels can be detrimental to getting things completed. "The knowledge that the average reader will only glance at pages is no comfort when you want to make your work as good as it can be."

Like many cartoonist's Molloy drew early inspiration from Moebius but also took a step back from the french master to avoid becoming too submerged in his style. Influences come from a wide range particularly outside of the comics field with an appreciation for the work of Bosch and Brugel and literary influences such as Stephen King (The Dark Tower series) and Henry Miller. Dreams and Synchronicity also provide influence.

Mr Unpronounceable

A full colour book of Mr Unpronounceable adventures has been completed and was planned for 2009 but unfortunately the publisher involved came askew due to the worldwide economic crisis. Hopefully this will be rescheduled for 2010. Molloy stated, "The Unpronounceable stuff is kind of a throwback to a slightly more messed up me, it almost felt like at a certain point I was derailing my own life so I could come up with the feeling to be there with Mr Unpronounceable and follow him around. My brother mentioned the new stuff feels more like I'm in charge of the characters and I'm exploring the world with them whereas the Unpronounceable stuff I'm following this guy around and he's leading me into these really dark places."

Tim Molloy Blogspot
Tim Molloy DeviantART

Since interviewing Tim Molloy in 2009, a collection of his comics, It Shines and Shakes and Laughs, was published by Milk Shadow Books in 2012, who will be launching a giant tome of Mr Unpronounceable Adventures at the BA3 2013 comic book launch in Melbourne.

Accompanying photos unless marked otherwise were taken during Tim Molloy's Saturn Returns exhibition at Melbourne's Gallery 696.
All artwork © 2013 Tim Molloy

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

2012 in Review: Jerome Bihan

Jerome Bihan

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

Most certainly going to the Angouleme festival. I had a stall at a side event  (as in called the Festival Off) with pretty much all the local and international small press. Great time to meet people and check out the HUUUUGE independent scene going in Europe. I actually made a full comic out of it. Also went to some other small press expo such as ELCAF in London (organised by NoBrow) again another overwhelming event.

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

I could not really isolate one. Firstly there are people I have been in contact with and who I asked to contribute to Radio as Paper such as Ludmilla Bartscht, James Turek, Anna Hailfisch, Sharmila Banerjee, Martin Ernstern, Alexandre de Mote and many more.

There is a lot going on in Europe at the moment for independent comics.I don't think there has been as many indie publishers as there is now. There is a lot of books coming out in France every year (I think there is about 5 thousand titles a year) but I guess to name a few 'established artists' I could name Jc Menu, Mattt Konture, Jonathan Larabie, Max de Radiques who's latest comic called Moose is available through Oily . Also Joseph Lambert who I discovered though his website and oh, yeah, I think Simon Hanselmann is pretty rad.

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

Short stories and essays I guess. 'A Dreary story' by Anton Chekhov, Inside the whale by Orwell, Barjavel. I have been watching Treme also by David Simon , the walking dead tv show is also on my list for 2012...what else, hum, Nite Jewel, Bill Callahan, Prinzhorn dance school.That's about it for music. And eating proper French bread again, I fucking missed it man!

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

Yeah, I am getting slow (haha). I've been trying to layer pages a different way, I try not to fill them too much. Embracing the greys. If there is a sentence to define my method in 2012 it would be that: embracing the greys.

What are you looking forward to in 2013?

Not been turned into a zombie or to ashes, been the end of the world and all. A lady tried to give me a magazine on the street this week end, the front of it said: 'are you scared about the end of the world?'. I later found out she was a Jehovah witness.Even them are cashing out on the Walking Dead. I guess I'll keep 2012 rolling into 2013.Meet more comic folks, make more comics, eat more bread, you the life.