Friday, October 23, 2009

Oh Well in Fist Full of Comics 

Fist Full of Comics 5 cover by Tim Pearson

This one has been out for a little while - the latest Fist Full of Comics consists mainly of short one and two page stories - a strong issue with great variety.

My piece is a one pager that sprang into my head as I was finishing off a long, and somewhat depressing, piece for the next Tango (coming soon). Doing pieces that occur so spontaneously is about as fun as drawing comics can get.

Oh Well panel by Ian T.The art was inspired by a '50s sensibility and '70s swapcard art, and also another major theme that's popular at the moment.

I worked with black and white and a single greytone, which is an approach I haven't used before. One of the best things about submitting to small press anthologies is that it gives you a chance to experiment and see the results in print - definitely something I'd encourage anyone to do, if you're thinking about starting off in comics!

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Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Paper Life Boat exhibition 

The Paper Life Boat exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery (Boroondara), curated by Bernard Caleo and Jo Waite, is well worth a wander through. I just got back from perusing its delights.

Without wanting to name all the artists, it's always fascinating to see original artwork displayed like this. Reading comics on the wall is a different kind of experience - something of a journey. Also, it was great to see the range of techniques and working methods employed - I was surprised to see the inclusion of colour tones on the original pages by Andrew Fulton and the greys on Jase Harper's piece (recently printed in Fist Full of Comics). It's really pleasing to see these organic approaches to comic art creation still at work in so many different styles.

I really enjoyed Jo Waite's piece for the upcoming "Love and War" and particularly liked the accompanying watercolour picture - beautiful work! The margin notes on where artwork was created were a bonus. Bernard Caleo's striking standalone panels were well complemented by an accompanying nightmarish picture by Joseph Ross Bamford Caleo (a nice inter-generational touch).

I liked the whole "paper boat" thing. A special treat was seeing my yeti-sloths turning up in the offcuts from the last Tango and in some of the folded boats - those guys just seem to have taken on a life of their own, particularly with yet another upcoming appearance in the near future.

This exhibition finishes in a couple of days, so be quick if you want to catch it!


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