Tuesday, February 11, 2014

2014 Sticky Zine Fair

Blurry out-of-focus poorly lit photos of some comic people at the 2014 Sticky Zine Fair.

 David Blumenstein and Anthony Woodward


More People

 Andrew Fulton

 Ive Sorocuk and Alex E Clark

 Jase Harper

 David Blumenstein

 Myles Loughran

 Frank Candiloro

 Phil Bentley

 Marc Pearson

 Michael Fikaris

 Simon Hanselmann

 Michael Hawkins

 Grant Gronewald

 Chris O'Brien and Joanna Anderson

Sam Wallman

David C Mahler

Monday, February 10, 2014

7 Comics You Can Buy from Sticky Institute Right Now (Unless they sold-out at the Festival of the Photocopier Zine Fair.)

7 comics possibly available right now from the Sticky Institute, 10 Campbell Arcade, Degraves Subway, Melbourne.

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen - Dylan Horrocks


Dylan Horrocks' forthcoming graphic novel Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen is now available for preorder as part of Fantagraphics Fall schedule. I don't think an official announcement has been made yet other than Publishers Weekly mentioning last month that Fantagraphics had taken on publishing. I believe the Magic Pen was originally planned as a trilogy of books but will now be a single 210 page hardcover volume.

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen online.
From Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen book description:

Acclaimed cartoonist Dylan Horrocks returns with a long-awaited new graphic novel, the first since his perennial classic, 1998’s Hicksville. Cartoonist Sam Zabel hasn’t drawn a comic in years. Stuck in a nightmare of creative block and despair, Sam spends his days writing superhero stories for a large American comics publisher and staring at a blank piece of paper, unable to draw a single line. Then one day he finds a mysterious old comic book set on Mars and is suddenly thrown headlong into a wild, fantastic journey through centuries of comics, stories, and imaginary worlds. Accompanied by a young webcomic creator named Alice and an enigmatic schoolgirl with rocket boots and a bag full of comics, Sam goes in search of the Magic Pen, encountering sex-crazed aliens, medieval monks, pirates, pixies and — of course — cartoonists. Funny, erotic, and thoughtful, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen explores the pleasures, dangers, and moral consequences of fantasy.

As part of the New Zealand festival Dylan's collection of shorts Incomplete Works launches from Victoria University Press on Saturday 8th March, 7:30pm at the Exchange Atrium. More details here.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Nevile Lodge - Golden Kiwi and Convoice

Nevile Lodge drawing the Golden Kiwi numbers and visiting a NZ news stand in 1964.

Nevile Lodge (1918-1989) drew from an early age and like his fellow New Zealand cartoonist Sid Scales honed his skills as a prisoner of war during World War Two after being captured at El Alamein. Lodge later joked that he ‘studied on the Continent for three years’ referring to his time in camps in Austria and Italy. After the War Lodge became one of New Zealand's most prolific cartoonists of the twentieth century with regular features in newspapers as well as book and magazine illustrations. In 1981 Nevile Lodge was made an OBE.

Prior to his experience as a prisoner of war Lodge contributed cartoons to a variety of troop publications including Parade and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force Times. In 1941 setting out with fellow New Zealand troops of the 4th reinforcements aboard H. M. T. 24 Lodge contributed cartoons to a sixteen page troop publication Convoice which is credited on the last pages as 'Published and printed on board H. M. T. 24'.

From the Convoice introduction,
CONVOICE - a voice from a convoy. A live young voice, born, nursed, and grown on H.M. T 24. It laughs, it moans, in patches it is serious. To those on board we hope it will be more than a memory of life aboard the "Twenty-four" on this, her first voyage with New Zealand troops. To our people at home we hope it will show something of our hopes joys and little disappointments. Newspapermen at home. overseas, and even in the Army are wont to talk -shop-. So it was on this ship: they talked, planned, appealed, wrote and from it all arose this publication. It sounds easy, but let nobody be deceived. There were a thousand difficulties each one presenting its own little complications. From the beginning it has been a race with time. Old Man Time has had his supporters, but with more than our fair share of good luck we have won. Photographs and cartoons were rushed ashore to make reproduction blocks; thousands of sheets of paper were bought and taken on board; a printing staff has worked 24 hours a day. A race well won has its own reward. All we ask is that "Convoice" be accepted in the spirit with which it was published. Overlook its short-comings and remember that it is a troop magazine written by troops for troops. Long hours of work and thought are nothing if to those on board, all working for the same cause, it is of some small value. To many ashore and afloat we are indebted for their assistance. To them all we extend our thanks. Other troops will follow us in H. M. T. 24. and other magazines will be published. We hope they are an improvement on what we have done, but, as New Zealanders, we are proud to have been the pioneers.

Lodge began a long association with Wellington newspaper The Evening Post in 1947. Lodge is one of the few New Zealand cartoonists that had cartoons produced at broadsheet size with his cartoon covers for the Saturday Sports Post. For significant sporting events Lodge would prepare multiple covers for publication depending upon the outcome of the game.

Nevile Lodge cartoon from the Sports Post.

Source: Ian F. Grant. 'Lodge, Nevile Sidney', from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 5-Nov-2013 URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/biographies/5l14/lodge-nevile-sidney

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Alex King


Selection of gag cartoons by Alex King for the Australian Woman's Weekly circa 1930's - 40's. I've found little information about Alex King other than he was a friend of Noel Cook and Ginger Meggs second artist Ron Vivian and worked for many of the newspaper markets of the time including Smith's Weekly. If anyone knows more about King's life and work I'd love to hear from you.

Alex King pencil portraits on Pikitia tumblr.

Source: http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper?q

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Sticky Institute Festival of the Photocopier 2014 Zine Fair


I'll be at the Festival of the Photocopier 2014 Zine Fair this Sunday at the Melbourne Town Hall with a handful of new things:

The Australian and New Zealand Comics Interview Zine #1: David C Mahler - First in a  series of $2 zines focusing on interviews with comic folk from down this way. I hope to pull together a dozen of these this year.

All the latest and some classic mini-comics from Oily Comics. The End of the Fucking World, Teen Creeps, Blood Visions, Lou, Noise, rave, Real Rap and more, $2 each.

I'll be playing with Boatbuilder at the Festival launch party on Thursday.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Brodie Mack - Free Lance Covers

Brodie Mack illustrated covers for Wellington newspaper The Free Lance from early 1917. While still a teenager Mack provided covers and cartoons for The Free Lance during 1915-1917.

Further examples of Brodie Mack's work and Biographical notes.

Brodie Mack and Archie E. Martin's Kazanda.

Source: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast