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Triple hit

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I am going to try a new posting schedule. Instead of one comic a day, I will be posting three comics every three days. A little experiment that you can partake in just by reading the strips.

'Playgroup'

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Old Art

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I was going through some old boxes that I packed before I left for Canada in 2007, looking for my personal copies of my zines and a few other things. I have my own collection of my books scattered throughout a few different folders and I thought it was time to properly collect them. This was made all the more important by discovering that an Art folder I stored in a garage had received some sort of water damage and had black mold throughout it. Luckily there was nothing that was hugely important, but at the same time there were some nice prints and other drawings in there. One thing that did survive where some prints I had made a few years back. Luckily I had packaged the prints for sale by mounting them in card and more importantly placing them in a zip lock bag. I can gladly say that these prints were in A1 condition. I also wanted to share this piece of art I did in my first year of Art school. Made whilst I was madly trying to find my niche, a place that I could work in a devel

Emerging writers zine fair 2009

I wanted to do a little write up of the Emerging writers zine fair I went to in Melbourne almost one month ago. I was fairly busy at the time but I realised that this may be the only zine fair type thing I could attend this year. Initially I was going to share a table with fellow comicer Ive Sorocuk , but upon arrival the space was no longer available. Add to this that I was running late and the fair was in full swing at this stage. I roamed around a little bit and ran into Mandy Ord and she kindly offered me a space next to her. The fair seemed quieter than usual and I wondered if the event had been publicised all that well, seeing how I only found out about a week before hand. Even though business seemed slow, at the end of the day I sold around $20-30 worth of books which was enough to pay for my train and lunch. The big hit of the day were some badges I had, Mandy's stickers seemed to be very popular too. I think people like those little token things like stickers badges and

Exams

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Felt good to sit down and get a diary comic done again. I have done a few other little comics but I'm saving them for other things. I am hoping to post some more this week.

Comics

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I have been finished my studies for the semester for almost a week now, but I still feel a bit burnt out from it all. I am hoping to get back inot some comics on the weekend. In the meantime I thought I would post this picture of Spiderman that I did. I inked it with and sharpie marker and coloured it in Photoshop. I have done a few superhero images lately and even had the urge to do a Peter Bagge or Daniel Clowes type superhero story. I also wanted to ask for advice. I draw 95% of my comics in my sketchbook. The main reasons being that I do not have a drawing board and I like to draw out and about. But when it comes time to scan the comics I have problems with the spiral spine lifting the artwork a fraction off the screen, anf thus not producing the best copy possible. What I need to do is cut out the pages as I finish them or to not draw in my book. Any suggestions?

Sample panels

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Two panels from my upcoming comic book (Technically 7 Pages Digest #10). I am in the editing stages now and hopefully I can get that finished by the end of the week. I also have to draw the front and back cover. I am really looking forward to this one being done.

School break

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This was a tiny comic I did around a month ago, which sums up my lack of drawing activity for the past couple of months. Finally I have reached the end of semester one, only one more to go. I did three exams this week and I think I did alright. So good to remember what it feels like to have free time without work hanging over your head.

Comic for Colt 45

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Last year I was told about Vice magazine looking for comic artists to do comics for an advertising feature for the beer Colt 45. I was jobless and desperate for any work I could get, so I went ahead and made a submission. Funny enough it was selected and I was asked to even do it in colour. Looking back I feel weird about the comic. I do not think it would of been something i would have done if I was not desperate. I expected to get paid a decent amount but as it turned out the page rate was quite low for an advertising feature. I never did receive the cheque for doing it, and I was unable to follow it up. Good news is I have contacted them again and different person is helping me sort this out. In other news, the New Yorker features an excerpt of Crumb's new book.

Death Mook

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This is a literature anthology that came out this year. I features a variety of written pieces with illustration used through out thematically. I submitted a few drawings from my '100 doodles' project last year, from which one was used. The image was a little smaller than I would have liked and yes that is someone else name credited to my drawing in case you were wondering.

Printed works

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I do not post enough about the other places I sometimes put my work. Which means that people never know other places I put my work and it really just disappears then into the void. Over the next couple of days you will see a selection of work that has been included in other publications or projects, starting with a sample of the comic I did for Tango last year. You can read my earlier post about some of the ideas behind this strip and for more information on the Tango comics anthology go here, http://www.cardigancomics.com/

Craving

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Really felt I had to do a comic so I used IF's theme craving as an excuse. I tried a slightly different drawing technique, this probably doesn't look any different to anyone but me.

Portable digital devices

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I Wanted to post about the idea of getting comics out in digital format. No need to convince me that print comics are better, I agree. I also see a huge opportunity to share comics in a digital format (Like here on this blog) I also really like things like podcasts that you can subscribe to. The main problem in this area is that the technology changes to fast for any sort of culture to build up around it. You could spend all your time getting your comics ready to view on a kindle or iPhone then two months later the bring out new versions that make what you have done redundant; Or another company comes out with something even better. Anyone have any interest or experience in this area? Links formatting comics for kindle Clickwheel

Tango

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The theme for this years Tango comics anthology has just been announced here , Love and War, Some juicy subject matter there! Last year was the first time I had submitted to Tango, although I had been meaning to for some time before that. I had some trouble with my last entry, I really wanted to try and do a fiction type comic but every idea I had I kept loosing interest. Eventually I solved the problem by doing an autobiographical story sandwiched between two fiction stories. The story on the top of the page was about some E.T's on a holiday tour to earth to sample Earth food, two of the tourists sit in the park to eat and talk about love and food. The second fiction story at the bottom was originally going to be a spy story, but ended up being a love story gone wrong where the wife ends up poisoning the husband with a home made pie. I am tempted to try some fiction again this year, and perhaps I can try and use a more developed writing method, like the ones I have been discu

Crumb's Genesis

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I've been keeping a close eye on all the updates related to Crumb's new Genesis book. For those of you that didn't know Crumb has adapted the bible into comics form. This image is probably the best indication of what it will look like so far. By my understanding it will be a literal translation so it will be interesting if it ruffles any feathers. There is more information here (also where the image is from) Another link

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