Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Kolynos Dental Cream - Australian Advertising

Kolynos dental cream ads featured in Australian newspapers and magazines in the 1940's with comic illustrations and format similar to the syndicated Ripley's Believe or Not panel strip of unusual facts. For the Kolynos adverts the unusual facts all relate to teeth. The Kolynos line of oral care products was created by N.S. Jenkins in 1908 and sold worldwide, eventually to be bought out by Colgate-Palmolive in 1995. Although no artists are credited on these ads, I'm fairly certain they were produced in Australia as Kolynos advertising campaigns for print and television were created in many countries including New Zealand  and Australia.


Click images below for Australian Kolynos television adverts circa 1945.

Examples of American Kolynos comic strip advertising


Another example of Kolynos advertising through comics in America was the Whitehall Pharmacal Company published , Kolynos Presents the White Guard, in 1949. The White Guard tells the story of man's efforts to protect his teeth from disease and decay.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Nance Dobson

Selection of Illustrations by Nance Dobson from Western Australia newspaper The Countryman, 1927. Dobson contributed cartoons to Melbourne newspaper The Weekly Times and provided illustrations for a book of children's poems (1929) by Time's columnist Sonia Hardie.


Monday, September 10, 2012

Masskerade 70 - Emergency Ward

An uncredited three page comic from 1970 Massey capping magazine Masskerade 70. Likely a satirical take on British television soap opera Emergency - Ward 10 (1954-1967) which featured in it's own comic series from Pearson, illustrated by Eric Dadswell. The back cover exemplifies the irreverent nature of capping magazines and their satirical take on government, religion, society and their own faculties.

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

Friday, September 7, 2012

Virgil Reilly War Illustrations

Wartime illustrations by Virgil Reilly for the No Man's Land Column in the Australian Woman's Weekly late 1939 - early 1940.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Funtime Comics

Christchurch comics collective Funtime Comics have sent their latest anthology to the printers with contributors from across New Zealand and abroad. Issue #26 Zines, Zines, Music Hall Fruits sports a cover by Lee-Yan Marquez and comes almost two years after the previous issue. Artist's featured in this issue are: Ned Wenlock, Bob McMahon, Jason Franks Mike Athey, Daniel Brader, Ari Freeman, Debra Boyesk, Isaac Freeman, Marc Barnes, Tessa McLaughlin, Kurt Lewis, David Piper, Tim Danko and Steve Saville.

Check Funtime's Facebook for more details and information about regular drawing workshops in Christchurch hosted by Funtimes Editor Isaac Freeman.