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More Goreys!

Shipping deadlines are coming on hard for the Topatoco store, so get your orders in! 

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Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!

A special issue of kuš! Komikss featuring alternative innovations from Australia, Down Down Under makes its first appearance inaugurating Silent Army Storeroom in Melbourne, Australia. The NEW storeroom will feature artwork from HTMLflowers.


Cover: HTMLflowers Contributors: Ashley Ronning, Bailey Sharp, Ben Constantine, Ben Hutchings, Ben Juers, David Blumenstein, Eleri Mai Harris, Emma Jensen, Evie Cahir, Haein Kim, HTMLflowers, Kangaroo Lü. Q., Lee Lai, Leigh Rigozzi, Marc Pearson, Michael Fikaris, Michael Hawkins, Nicky Minus, Rachel Ang, Safdar Ahmed, Sam Wallman, Simon Hanselmann, Tim Danko, Tommi Parrish Guest Editor: Michael Fikaris

Order: https://kushkomikss.ecrater.com/p/35474840/37-down-under#
Specs: 164 pages, Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), full-color, perfect bound, English
US$13.95 w/ Worldwide shipping included in price!
The first 100 orders get a free postcard and a bookmark.

Kuš: http://www.komikss.lv

Silent Army: http://www.silentarmy.org/

Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!A special issue...



Book launch in Australia Friday this 17 January!

A special issue of kuš! Komikss featuring alternative innovations from Australia, Down Down Under makes its first appearance inaugurating Silent Army Storeroom in Melbourne, Australia. The NEW storeroom will feature artwork from HTMLflowers.


Cover: HTMLflowers Contributors: Ashley Ronning, Bailey Sharp, Ben Constantine, Ben Hutchings, Ben Juers, David Blumenstein, Eleri Mai Harris, Emma Jensen, Evie Cahir, Haein Kim, HTMLflowers, Kangaroo Lü. Q., Lee Lai, Leigh Rigozzi, Marc Pearson, Michael Fikaris, Michael Hawkins, Nicky Minus, Rachel Ang, Safdar Ahmed, Sam Wallman, Simon Hanselmann, Tim Danko, Tommi Parrish Guest Editor: Michael Fikaris

Order: https://kushkomikss.ecrater.com/p/35474840/37-down-under#
Specs: 164 pages, Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), full-color, perfect bound, English
US$13.95 w/ Worldwide shipping included in price!
The first 100 orders get a free postcard and a bookmark.

Kuš: http://www.komikss.lv

Silent Army: http://www.silentarmy.org/

Homecooked Comics Mini-Market

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Homecooked Comics Mini-Market

12-5pm, Sunday 30th April, 309-311 Victoria St, Brunswick, Victoria, Australia

The Homecooked Comics Mini-Market is a new event brought to you by the team behind the Homecooked Comics Festival.

Sunday 30th of April will see 27 artists and publishers exhibiting graphic novels, comics and zines for sale across two studios in Brunswick. Squishface Comic Studio (309 Victoria St) and aHa studio (311 Victoria St).

New faces from both Victoria and interstate, as well as established local creators, will all be in attendance, all with new books. Pick up Laura Burroni’s The Fistman, an autobiographical book about life as an Italian migrant in Australia, Cristian Roux’s historical account of the life of Melbourne detective John Christie or Volume 2 of Fil Barlow’s influential book Zooniverse, just to name a few!

As always Homecooked Comics brings you the best of what the Australian comics scene has to offer.

Celebrate drawing and publishing at Australia’s home of comics-making, Squishface Comic Studio.

Sarah Howell
Festival Director
Homecooked Comics Festival
sarahhowellprojects@gmail.com
http://www.facebook.com/HomecookedComics/

Come down to buy new books from the following artists and publishers.
Fil Barlow and Helen Maier
Alex Smith
Dale Maccanti
Matthew Nicholls
Neale Blanden
Jo Waite
Katherine Sarpi
Laura Burroni
Andrew Fulton
Cristian Roux
Michael Fikaris
Silent Army
Sticky Institute
Marlo Mogensen
Squishface Studio Artists
Milk Shadow Books
Paper Tree Press and Pikitia Press
Sophia Parsons Cope
Amy Rolfe
Clea Chiller
Thomas Tung
Pete Correy
Steve Carter and Antoinette Ryder

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Winter of Our Pandemic: David Collier

Coming June 17th, and new book by Canadian Comic book artist David Collier, published by Spare Parts Press.



See the Winter of Our Pandemic Page for more details (pre order coming soon)

Bean Burrito comic lettering font

Continuing the thread on comic lettering, I came across a cute comic font on Twitter. Called 'Bean Burrito', by the comic artist Sara Linsley

Sarah is offering the pay what you want on her Ko-Fi store. 

The font comes in regular, bold, italic, and bold italic. A real bargain. 

I've purchased a copy and installed it onto my iPad already. 

Working on my lettering

When I started my Bored in Space comic, I was going for a different look than my usual sketchbook style I had for my autobio comics.

For one thing I was aiming this comic at more discerning younger readers. Anywhere from 12-16 primarily but also in a way that could be enjoyed by all ages. 

It's funny because making this decision, I believe, has greatly improved my understanding of lettering and lettering skills overall. Now I'm not sure why I didn't do this earlier, I look back on some older comics and the lettering was really not at the top of my concerns, but it should have been.

What did I do to improve?

  • Studied other comics intensely. I think this is not done enough. Perhaps because of fears around copying or picking up bad habits. But study the masters of your field, break down what they do to truly understand what they are doing. There is often a science behind the art. I actually measured the lettering with a ruler of various comics, looked at leading sizes. I even imported comic pages and traced over them to get a better sense of scale etc.
  • Created digital lettering guides. This was always tricky when working with paper. You can use an Ammes lettering guides but it's a lot of extra work. I had to go through many drafts of a digital guide, but after around 10-12 attempts I came up with some good ones.
  • Created/tweaked inking brushes to be better lettering brushes.
  • Read as much as I could online about lettering tips and techniques and tried to implement what I learned.
  • Assessed my letter forms. Looked at how certain letters where written and added more traditional styles.
  • Looked at standards in most mainstream comics. I learned two things by doing this. 1-how to properly emphasise text, IE, Bold + Italic. 2- that I should end all lettering with a period, a convention I had always ignored/was ignorant about.
  • Traced over digital fonts. I had read about this technique previously as a way to get clean consistent lettering. It involves using a digital font for your draft lettering and hand ink over the top. That way you get the uniform lettering with that hand written feel.
  • Started making better speech balloons. I had previously just drawn around the lettering however it appeared. I was now laying out my lettering in a more uniform and pleasing way and creating speech balloons that were more consistent.
  • Two recent tips. 1-In general the tails should mostly point from the centre of the balloon to the speakers mouth. 2-Try and break up speech balloons to match the cadence of speech, I.E., consider using another balloon rather than a comma.

I still have improvements to make. As always improving in art is making thousands of tiny steps that eventually add up to small gains over time. It's like collecting tears to fill up a giant bucket.


Here are some instructional drawings I have been working on to help beginners learn more about lettering.







Brand new Growth mindset and Deliberate practice poster


I love this poster and it still holds true. I decided to redraw this poster and make it available as a digital download.

"Deliberate practice always follows the same pattern: break the overall process down into parts, identify your weaknesses, test new strategies for each section, and then integrate your learning into the overall process."

https://jamesclear.com/beginners-guide-deliberate-practice

A few years ago I connected the dots about my own art practice and ideas behind learning in general. The revelation was the culmination of reading about three distinct learning principles:

  1. Growth mindset (What Growth Mindset Actually means)
  2. Deliberate practice
  3. Grit

It felt like the concept of a growth mindset and grit were connected by the concept of deliberate practice*. In the illustration I tried to map out the connection between the three concepts.



It goes like this:

1-When you have a growth mindset, the belief that you can grow and learn and that nothing is inherent, you are able to take on challenges. It's thinking, "I'm not currently good at this but with effort I'm sure I can get better…" compared to, "I was born bad at this, so I shouldn't bother trying..."

2-Challenge is important, it's the sweet spot between being too easy (the comfort zone) and too hard (the panic zone).

Challenges can be confronting and terrifying! You are facing gaps in your knowledge, skill and abilities. Painfully stretching the upper limits of what you can currently do. It can feel like your getting nowhere, it's frustrating, you're making mistakes and trying not to feel silly.

4-Your 'grit' factor determines how much of this feeling of inadequacy and frustration you can put up with. The more grit you have, the more you will be able to persevere through challenges and more often than not come out the other side better for it. For most of us when we start to feel the rising feelings of difficulty we tend to revert back to our fixed mindset, the mindset that tells us "See you're no good at this, you'll never learn it, you should probably give up now before anyone notices…"

However, this is only my personal take on how I think these concepts work together and how you can use them to push what you're doing. I highly recommend reading up on these concepts in more detail, or better still going to read the books themselves. For me one of the challenges I have found is the difficulty in figuring out what I should be practising more of. We tend to have blind spots of our own shortcomings. I think this is where a teacher or mentor really comes into play. The other area this has really helped is differentiating between drawing for fun and drawing to push my abilities. When you are entering into deliberate practice it's not necessarily fun. The after effects can be rewarding but facing your own gaps can be draining. interestingly, educators are often trying to make learning fun, but what if real learning is essentially not fun?

Let me know what you think in the comments.


'Growth mindset' is from the excellent book Mindset by Carol Dweck, this book in itself was a great revelation, something I kind of knew and had heard about in little bits and pieces over the years, but the book really solidified the idea for me.

The concept of 'deliberate practice' came from Talent is Overrated by Geoffrey Colvin, (the idea of deliberate practice originally came from the work of Anders Erikson, he has also released a book called Peak).

The concept of 'Grit' is from the book Grit by Angela Lee Duckworth, again an interesting look at being determined to stick something out until the end.

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