Showing posts with label milk shadow books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label milk shadow books. Show all posts

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Paper Trail


John Higgins on his trip to Australia late last year.
 

 Tom Taylor, John Higgins, Colin Wilson (Yoinked from John's site.)
Archives New Zealand are posting a selection of material to Flickr including vintage advertising material. Read an article on Archives New Zealand here.




Matt Huynh interviewed by Comics for Grown-ups.


 Daniel Elkin reviews the Sheehan Brother's The Inhabitants.





The Comics Spot review several Australian comics.



Jason Paulos process post for Alter Ego Cover.


I interviewed Tim Gibson for Sequart.


The Ledger Awards have announced Judges for 2014.
 

Big Joey Morris

Forty page preview of the Legend of Space Cat Bob.


Daniel Kalder profiles Milk Shadow Books.


Sarah Laing talks creative process on Radio NZ.


Scary Minds reviews Frank Candiloro's Mail Order Mutant!



This week on Te Pikitia Blog:



 More cartoons and illustrations from NZ wartime bulletin Korero.


An interview with Golden age Australian cartoonist, June Mendoza.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

2013 in Review: Tim Molloy


What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2013?
Being asked to take part as a guest of the Adelaide Writers Week as part of the festival in March next year! Madman taking on distribution of Milk Shadow Books was a big one.

What are some of the comics/cartoonists you've enjoyed in 2013?
Ben Hutchos You Stink and I Don't collection. Pat Grants story about his dad Toormina Video. Properly investigated  Moebius this year.  Always good. Thomas Ott's R. I. P.  Was amazing...

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2013? 

My wife and I had a baby boy this year! This experience has easily been the best thing that has ever happened to me!
 
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
The Writers Week thing should be great...  Later in the year the sequel to Mr Unpronounceable Adventures will be published ,  if all goes well! Just drawing all the time,  or as much as I can,  and hopefully getting better in every way.

Friday, October 11, 2013

SLUG GUTS: Milk Shadow Books Launch - James Andre Interview

 
From the press release for this Saturday's Melbourne launch of the latest two comics from Milk Shadow Book:

Hi Everyone,
Just a reminder that next Saturday, October 12,we will be launching two excellent new books, Da 'n' Dill - The Showbag Years by Dillon Naylor and Squirt-Stone by Ben (Sea) Constantine.

Both of the artists will be in attendance, signing and sketching. Plus their books will be sold in showbags containing limited edition prints, cool lollies, and other surprises. Also, Dillon and Ben are giving away a page of original art from the books.

The launch is on at All Star Comics Melbourne from 2pm – 5pm. Then at around 5:30pm if people want to have a drink, or can't make the afternoon launch, we'll be having an afterparty where you can sit and chat to the guys and buy books. This will be at Charlies Bar, 71 Hardware Lane (just down the toad from All Star).

 
These will be our last books released for a while, so we aim to make this a big one! Hope to see you there, and if you can help spread the word to help us make this launch huge it would be greatly appreciated.

I fired a few questions to Milk Shadow Books Publisher James Andre about the two books launching this weekend and what else has been happening with MSB this year.


James Andre Interview by Matt Emery
Can you talk a bit about what goes into choosing artists and books for Milk Shadow Books? Can you talk about how Ben C and Dillon Naylor's work fit into this equation? How much are your choices guided by 'business' and 'aesthetic'?
 
Milk Shadow Books looks for unique visions and voices. That's about it. Things that will open your mind through paper and ink.

Dillon was recommended to me by Bruce Mutard. At first I was shocked, because Dillon has been around forever. I knew of Da 'n' Dill, Batrisha, and even his stuff such as Pop Culture and Two Minute Noodles. He's a real pro. Bruce said Dillon might contact about publishing some stuff, 'cause he'd mentioned MSB to him. I waited a day or two then contacted Dillon direct. That's how the A Brush With Darkness collected book came about, and with Da 'n' Dill being mentioned early on, we came back to that project as our next one. It's also a good title because of the nostalgia, and all ages aspect.

I've been a fan of Ben's work since picking up a Phatsville comic at a Brisbane Supanova, probably 10 years ago. Plump Oyster was in foetal stages then. At that time I didn't really know an underground/alternative comics scene existed in Australia. I hoped that it did though and that it wasn't all just shoddy superhero/genre knock-offs. Loved Ben's work straight away. Strangely even back then my brain thought, "someone should be publishing this guy."

Most of the other MSB artists are friends who have been self publishing for a long time. I'm a comics nerd/fanboy at heart, and I can generally tell when someone has an interesting style. And it's easy to see different artists who have a strong following online, or at shows. It's not usually a money choice when it comes to publishing, but I don't want to go broke publishing either. A strong sense of style and "something to say" is the main thing. Have some soul basically. Those books usually sell well anyway, as business will follow a good aesthetic.



Both Ben C and Dillon are both well established cartoonists locally, Why do you think other publishers haven't taken an interest in their work prior to you?

That's a good question. I'm not too sure? We're lucky to be working with them. Same as with Tim Molloy, Ben Hutchings, Bobby.N and everybody else really. Both of the guys have worked with larger publishers and publications, but it's usually been in a more restrained sense, or have had short stories published in anthologies/magazines.
We give artists nearly total artistic freedom (with some editorial control/advice being retained by me and the tech people here) to make the best books they can, the way that they envision them. We "package" our books with love, and not to be slathered with tomato sauce and a pickle and pushed down a burger chute. That's probably fairly appealing to artists too.



Were there any difficulties in assembling collections of Ben and Dillon's work, I imagine some of Dillon's work goes back a few years?

The good thing about Ben and Dillon is that they still have a lot of the original art. So it was mainly just waiting for them to scan in the art once we provided them with the technical details. We were originally planning on making Ben's book larger, but most of his early work was drawn A4, so shrinking it down to A5 makes it look a lot tighter than blowing it up to a larger size. While Dillon's Da 'n' Dill comics worked well being collected from different sizes into one uniformly larger book. Then we ran the books through the usual proofing/design process.
How much of your market is divided between local and international sales? Do you have a concentrated focus on either?
 
We're really focused on local sales at moment after getting the Madman distribution deal happening. That was a big deal for us, and we've been trying to co-ordinate as much publicity and sales opportunities as we can with them. Eventually we'd like to expand overseas more, looking at Diamond and Last Gasp as distributors, but we already have Amazon, The Book Depository coverage so that's the main thing. Currently, I feel that if we can keep working to make a strong local scene for local people (Sorry, that sounds kind of like Edward and Tubbs out of The League of Gentlemen) then it will make things more sustainable for everyone

How important was your partnership with Madman for distribution? Are you at a point were you can evaluate this yet?
 
Really important. It's hard to keep on top of self distribution when you work full time. Having Madman take care of that frees up spare time to work on production and other business matters. It saves having to call up/go into shops chasing five bucks from eight months ago. The team there have honestly been great to work with. Plus the promo side of what they can do is so much more than we can do ourselves. I got some initial figures the other day and I think the guys there thought I'd be disappointed, but I'm happy every time even if one book sells, so to me, it's been going well so far.

Are there short term or long term goals you can share for Milk Shadow Books?
 
After these two new books, I'm going to take a break for a while from production. I'm getting married next year so that'll be a priority. But also it would be nice to have some time to go back over the business and catch up with lots of details behind the scenes that are often missed. Walking to Japan was our first major work, and that came out October 2011, so it's been two years. Now is a good time to go back over what's working etc. Even though we'll be toning down our schedule in the future, we've still plenty of really good books lined up.
Do you punch walls when things don't turn out the way you want?
 
Haha, no. Well, a window in Year 8, but that was more for a laugh.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Mini Paper Trail


Tonight: Silent Army Storeroom 6pm -8pm Once - A New Comic Book by Tim Danko.

Silent Army:


Storeroom open today 12 - late with hardcover book launch of 'once' by Tim Danko tonight and the last pages of the giant wooden comic book being completed live and for your enjoyment.
 
Katie Parrish's We can go anywhere but we'll always be we where we are.
 

Jonathan Goodman writes about Gavin Aung Than's Zen Pencils.

 
Erica Goldson: Graduation Speech on Zen Pencils.

Race Relations Commissioner receives complaint for cartoon depiction of the goddess Kali in the New Zealand Herald. (Hat Tip - Alan Liefting)

Jason Paulos Heavy Metal Submission.



Milk Shadow Books publisher James Andre is Scenestr of the day!


Lucy Frew profiles Toby Morris.



Simon Hanselmann excerpt from The Lifted Brow.


Keith Chatto must win the award for drawing the most Australian comics covers ever.




James James and Tim Molloy share WIP Deerstalker.


Clip from a couple years back of Michel Mulipola on Pacific Beat St.



Pepi Ronald's interviews Sam Wallman.


Q and A with Ben Hutchings on Noncanonical.





Penny Lewis writes about pioneer New Zealand cartoonist Trevor Lloyd's home, Whare Tane.


Eddie Monotone's Sloths and Trolleys.


Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mini Paper Trail


Siobhan Downes writes about Jem Yoshioka’s Sunshine.

 
I love Moonbeard.

 

Tom Scott lauded in French newspaper Le Mond.



Happening this afternoon at All Star Comics Melbourne:
 
Milk Shadow Books, Squishface Studio, NonCanonical Comic Podcast and All Star Comics present the YOU STINK AND I DON’T - VOLUME 1 AND 2 LAUNCH.

For 20 years Ben ‘Hutcho’ Hutchings has been creating one of Australia's best funnybook comic series, You Stink and i Don't. From the Woden Bus Interchange to the beautiful streets of Brunswick, and over 10 issues (plus lots of other mini comics collected here!), Hutcho has been smashing the piss out of all conventions such as growing up, other comics, modern medi
cine, pop music, sport, organised religion, and other unimportant things.

From 4 Р5pm there will also be a Q & A with Hutcho by the cr̬me of comics podcasting, the fellas from NonCanonical!



Cakeburger comments on the recent 'formation' of a Pakeha Party in New Zealand.


Sarah Laing: I <3 bookshops



Trailer for Larry Boxshall's new doco Drawing Dicks on the Herald Sun.




Upcoming Tim Molloy Exhibition Strange Pageant.




New Paintings, Comics and Sculpture by Tim Molloy. Opens 6pm Tuesday August the 20th
 
DRIFT away and off into Hypnagogic landscapes drenched in sunset psychedelic hues, as you listen to the far-off piping of strange flutes. JOIN the procession marching through your frontal lobe, monstrous and altogether (un)familiar... there are AWFUL mysteries to celebrate. Life and death and horror and joy merge into one.BEAR witness to the STRANGE PAGEANT.


First 100 Attendees shall receive an exclusive FREE 36 page mini comicbook, HOT off the searing grill of Molloy's subconscious!!!


Gary Chaloner updates on his various projects.




I lost a few piles of links which was probably a blessing but here's one I refound. Bob Brockie receives Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in Queens Birthday honours.




  
Jacqui Taffel writes about Smaller comics Minicomics of the Month. Read my Beard Spotlight with Smaller Comics CEO Andrew Fulton here. Sign up for a MOTM subscription here.



Occasional cartoonist Bobby N's photo essay from Melbourne Comic Con 2013.




New Zealand Flash Gordon comics from Feature Productions circa late 40's early 50's. Covers drawn by unknown artist, interior art by Alex Raymond.




Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.