Havin’ a play with some character sketch designs in front of my fireplace.. in my bean bag.. pencils everywhere.. and black coffee. Win.
A single frame from my short comic The Call, now in Yuck! Number 7 which you can buy riiight here www.milkshadowbooks.com
Aw.. hehe, Bruce Mutard does it again! This wonderful piece was created for his young niece.. aw, how lucky is she!! but lucky me too, seems like Bruce included me in the strip! hehe, looks like a delicious fish we were feasting on.. good bottle of wine luv?
Love your work, always. You are always an inspiration!
If any of you comic lovers out there aren’t familiar with the genius which is B. Mutard, you can pop round and talk to him at Oz Con this year. He doesn’t bite.. hard.. just purchase his comics! I can warmly recommend The Bunker, his first Graphic Novel to be published with Image and A Mind of Love, truly amazing Australian work. Oz Con is on the 9th and 10th of March at the Perth Exhibition Centre, for more info baby, press this DANGER BUTTON!
Finally there’s another launch happening in a few weeks. 15 new books are being released, making this the BIGGEST BIG ARSE launch so far! it’s pretty exciting stuff, so if your are around Melbourne and need to get your nerd on and get comic culture savvy, you should check it out. The poster is more than just a lure.. it’s stuff that makes me want to draw till my eyes bleed from exiting my drawing cave, dehydrated and messed up on coffee. This amazing and sexylicious artwork is by Marijka Gooding . Check her site, great lines and strokes to take pleasure in on there!
Besides all the delicious loveable comic book nerding going on, I am excited for another reason also. One of the 15 books being published at this extraordinarily awesome event is ‘Yuck!’ issue 7, where you will be able to find a long lineup of talent, concocted into a slimey and hideous brew of madness and cold sweat ALL IN A BOOK! and guess what.. there is a little piece of me in there.. nothing too ghastly like a severed toe or anything, don’t get too excited.. maybe some bodily fluids in the ink though. That could pass. The cover is by Ben Sea, I can’t wait to smell this thing:
Other books you can get excited about TOO however:
ADVERSARIES (Pikitia Press)
Adversaries reveals simple truths through verbal and physical conflict between men and women and other folk. By M. Emery.
Awakenings 2 is a stand-alone book in a series of two volumes. It contains short stories written and illustrated by artist and animator Jesca Marisa. Awakenings is an intensely colourful and beautifully illustrated book composed of multiple interweaving stories of a surreal and fantastical nature. The book was inspired by the author’s remembrance of dreams which she has woven into stories of journeys undertaken by the diverse cast of characters.
BALLANTYNE: THE FLAW IN THE JEWEL (Pikitia Press)
The Jewel is the third volume of artist Peter Foster’s collaboration with writer James H. Kemsley, originally featured as an adventure strip in the Sydney Sunday Sun-Herald during the 1990s. Based on Kemsley’s vivid memories of working as a patrol officer in post World War Two New Guinea, Ballantyne:The Flaw in The Jewel is a classic adventure tale in the fine tradition of Lee Falk’s The Phantom and John Dixon’s Air Hawk.
BUDD & LUU – PART I (FrankenComics)
Budd & Luu are a lovable comedic duo who get into all sorts of random and crazy adventures. When some mysterious force starts to erase their world the pair escape through a strange portal, which lands them in a high-tech asylum located in an alternate dimension. Soon, they are subjected to painful experiments, and they discover the truth about their existence, as well as the real purpose of the asylum. By Frank Candiloro.
A BRUSH WITH DARKNESS (Milk Shadow Books) Before Da ‘n’ Dill… before Batrisha… Dillon Naylor was the defining artist of the 90s Melbourne underground/alternative music scene. Naylor created comics for Area 7 and The Fireballs and many other bands, as well as tour posters for The Beastie Boys, Powderfinger and the Pushover Festival. This material is collected in its entirety, along with Dillon’s early horror comics, unseen pages, sketches, notes and anecdotes.
DIGESTED #6 (Gestalt Comics)
The sixth issue of Bobby.N’s series, continuing the lead feature OXYGEN and a variety of other tidbits and goodies.
Graphic/Narrative #1 presents ‘Panic’, an autobiographical tale about the author’s struggles with an anxiety and panic disorder. The book conveys the experience of a panic attack and discusses the progression of anxiety disorders. Follow Brendan Halyday as his life falls apart around him.
KRANBURN #6 (FEC Comics)
Both Brand and Silvia are on their own personal rampages. While Silvia takes care of the Nong messenger in her own way, Brand continues levelling the playing field on the Nong home turf. Do not mess with the people of Kranburn. By Ben Michael Byrne.
LADY McBLACK #1 (Black House Comics)
At the behest of her three sisters, McBlack investigates the murder of Lila Bodicker by the Wester Reapers, a mixed municipal soccer team. But whoever killed Lila does not want the Bodicker sisters to find out what really happened and before long McBlack himself is being hunted in the streets. Written and pencilled by Jason Franks. Inks by Dave Gutierrez. Cover by Rhys James.
MR UNPRONOUNCEABLE ADVENTURES (Milk Shadow Books)
Tim Molloy has finally bound the exploits of Mr Unpronounceable, the ultimate anti-hero madman, into a single volume. 213 pages of throat-tearing, void questioning, dimensional tripping, laughing, crying, laughing, questioning adventures through the city of the Ever Open Eye by the creator of It Shines and Shakes and Laughs.
SEVEN #2 (FEC Comics)
Book 2 of the Seven series follows Kat and Hans on their search for their brothers – and as they stumble on a plot of betrayal, murder and an innocent goose girl, they find that acceptance of your fate does not lead to happiness. By Alisha Jade.
The debut graphic novel by Melbourne illustrator Marijka Gooding. Retold through the eyes of a six-inch version of herself, these short stories emphasize the ridiculousness of the world and encourage others to appreciate the subtle ironies hidden in the mundane.
UNGENRED (Black House Comics)
A collection of Jason Franks’ non-genre stories. Drama, comedy, travel, autobiography, social realism and sentient robots. Illustrated by Bruce Mutard, J. Marc Schmidt, Nic Hunter, Ed Siemienkowicz, Renan L’Hopsum, Joe Pimienta and others. Introduction by Bernard Caleo.
A fantasy and sci fi anthology by some of Australia and South Africa’s most best creators. Edited by Moray Rhoda and Neville Howard.
YUCK! #7 (Milk Shadow Books) (YOU JUST MUST HAVE ONE!.. cough cough.. sorry for yelling)
The Universe’s greasiest comix anthology returns with Yuck! #7. Original surreal black comedy from a plethora of low-lives, including Ben Hutchings, Tim Molloy, Bruce Mutard, the Phatsville crew, Gregory Mackay, J. Marc Schmidt, Michael Aushenker, Scarlette Baccini, David DeGrand, Kapreles, Frank Candiloro, James Andre, Ben John Smith, Andrew Fulton, Johandson Rezende and many more surprising sickos. Straight from the gutter into your hands. Cover by Ben Sea. Edited by Mr. Slime. www.milkshadowbooks.com
I nicked all this info off www.blackglasspress.com by the way. The bergamot had nothing to do with it.