This semester I made a comic of a variety I have never made before.
A dream comic.
It’s freaking weird – what else would it be? – and features my Dad plucking me out of the Tasman Sea by some kelp growing out of my leg, a journey through caves with my brother Jake and sister Catrin – not to mention being a snowboarding legend with American friend Abigail Howard. If only I could snowboard like that in real life.
I drew it, inked it and coloured it all on one layer so it’s a bit messy, but kind of fits with the theme.
Check it out!
Way back in May I was lucky enough to meet up with the delightful crew of the 2013
Australian Caravan of Comics at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.
It was such a pleasure to drink Canadian larger with
Scarlette Baccini, Mirranda Burton, Marijka Gooding, Gregory Mackay, Dan Hayward and Bruce Mutard, when they asked me to contribute to their IndieGoGo anthology Small Sales and True: From the Caravan of Comics, I was totally thrilled and made a two page watercolour comic about our time together.
Too bad they ended up PRINTING IN BLACK AND WHITE.
Freaking Australians. Whatever.
The launch party was last week in Melbourne and I cannot for the life of me find anywhere online to purchase them. So if you’re in Oz, I’d say hassling Bruce is your best bet.
And here is my TCAF comic in all its colourful glory, for your viewing pleasure.
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Close up of screen printed image on third poster.
In May 2014 I’m set to graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies with a Master of Fine Arts. Kind of awesome huh?
But there’s this thing I have to do between now and then, I like to call it ‘my thesis’. Or
Adam’s Ale* - an anthology of of comics journalism and fiction pieces connected by a theme of water.
It’s no big deal, it’s just the most comics I have ever done in my whole life and possibly the hardest artistic endeavor I have ever embarked upon.
Thankfully, we have this class with
James Sturm and Nicole Georges to help us develop our thesis projects.
The latest assignment from the Sturm-Georges teaching team is making several posters advertising our work.
And because I’m completely stark raving bonkers, I decided to make three posters that join together with three layers of colour screen print images and letter press type.
For those of you who don’t know, this is an extremely good way to lose two weeks of your life. Continue reading
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Dog City boys at the Small Press Expo
WARNING COMICS PIMPING AHEAD
Earlier this year my CCS comrades Luke Healy, Juan Fernandez and Simon Reinhardt put together a gorgeous silk-screen printed curated box set wonderland of mini-comics called
. Dog City
The first edition featured an ink wash mini-comic of mine: ‘
The Starship Boobyprize‘ – which you can buy in physical form from my shop or as a part of the . Dog City #1 PDF package Continue reading
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So while I was on a turtle research trip in Florida last month I wasn’t just drawing pictures of turtles… I was also drawing pictures of missing ladies for
In ink wash of course because that’s dark and mysterious.
This is the first time I’ve illustrated work I haven’t written myself, but working with Deborah Halber’s murder mystery was pretty darn creepy, weird and an excellent fun challenge.
You can check it out on your tablet device or order a PDF.
What happened to Jane Doe 401UFFL? Deborah Halber and Eleri Harris uncover a cold case that took 30 years to crack.
Last month I had a lot of fun making a one page A3 sized cartoon for my friend Chris’ 30th birthday.
I’ve known Chris since I was 10 and in that time he must have asked me a million weird questions, it’s kind of his schtick AND IT IS HILARIOUS.
So when his girlfriend Andrea proposed the project, we already had a clear theme to run with.
If I have but one goal in life, it is to make entertaining and informative political cartoons.
It’s why I dropped out of a reasonable career as a journalist in Australia to move across the planet and attend cartoon school in Vermont.
But the first year at the Center for Cartoon Studies is fiction heavy.
You make a whole lot of mini-comics that stretch your imagination and kick a million creative bits of your brain into action in ways you’ve never thought of, but there are zero assignments that require you to write and draw a non-fiction comic of any description.
So I had to wait until the free-for-all colloquially called ‘mini-thesis’ in May to devote time to anything of the sort.
And what did I want to devote a month of my life to?
How about the ins and outs of the US presidential primaries?
Specifically those in New Hampshire?