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beatonna: More Goreys! Shipping deadlines are coming on hard...



beatonna:

More Goreys!

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

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comicslifestyle: Book launch in Australia Friday this 17...



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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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Now accepting international orders!

I am pleased to announce that I can now accept international orders for spare parts press!


This means that I will be able to finally offer my new comic Woodlands No.1 to readers in Australia and the UK as well as many other countries. 

When I first started looking into it, the prices were astronomically high, and my former website did not allow too much nuance in shipping options. I figured it was best just to not offer it lest I get stuck with underquoting a big order. 

I now have a new website provider that I feel more comfortable setting up shipping options and a better understanding of the costs involved. 

International shipping is still vastly expensive. here are some examples of shipping to Australia

  • Woodlands= $12.50 postage
  • Winter of our pandemic= $23.50 postage
  • Woodlands + Winter or our Pandemic= $23.50 postage

Bored in Space

Just after covid hit in March 2020 I started hitting my stride with drawing digitally. I'd had my iPad for just over 4 months and had been dabbling even before that. Up until this point I hadn't felt comfortable with the drawings I was making digitally. I could create something on paper that was personally satisfying, but I digital drawing felt like I was drawing with a sharpie with my left hand.

I made a couple of digital comics about the pandemic unfolding around us. They received a good response, and I was happy with them. However, the reality of it all was too depressing. That's when I decided to dabble in making a comic with some characters I had been playing around with for a few years. These characters were different than my usual autobiographical comics. Their creation came out of my love of science fiction, especially Star Wars. I wanted to take my love of Star Wars and create what I would affectionally describe as a 'bootleg' version. A weird approximation and near shameless rip off with an odd warping of the original

I've always been fascinated with the idea of well know characters being parodied or copied or told in new ways. I knew it was time to get serious about this idea and drawing them digitally could help them come to life.




To begin I drew a test panel to see if I could create something I was happy with. As an artist you're often dabbling in different areas to see if you can get an internal response. Call your own internal art radar, it's not always reliable or working but you can sense when something has potential. Thats what I felt when I drew the test panel. It wasn't quiet there, but there was something there. I then decided to do a test page 



I was so impressed with this page that I drew another, and then another, and then some more. The comic just started writing itself and I found the characters I had been daydreaming about for a number of years were finally starting to come to life on the page. Two years later and I now have over 60 pages completed!

Another new aspect of this process for me was the addition of full colour. For most of my time making comics I have worked primarily in black and white, and occasionally spot colour. This is because black and white allowed me to print my work into zines and share them. Colour is prohibitively expensive when it comes to print. I tried to put these limitations out of my head, I justified the use of colour, telling myself that this was a) just a test/experiment b) maybe someone might want to publish it and c) I could always just print it online or in ebook format.

It was this project and the thought of publishing an ebook that sparked the idea for Spare Parts Press.

Now two years later I have taken the plunge and put the first issue out into the world as an ebook. The title is available in a few places. 


I am really rpoud of how this comic came out, the characters and the continuing story. It's a little left of field from my usual work, however I have always loved science fiction and I also wanted to work on something my kids would also enjoy. The story itself is all ages but if I had to categorise it on a book shelf it would most likely land in the 'Teen' section. I hope you can check it out!

Available from 

Ko-Fi Store

Apple Books

Kobo

Overdrive/Libby (for Libraries)

Spinach Comic Book Template (Procreate and Photoshop)

Ever since I picked up the iPad app Procreate, I have discovered a new joy in making comic pages. It was tricky at first, however I have now drawn over 100 pages of comics and settled on a good layout system.

If you're looking to get into making comic on the iPad this template will give you a good head start on how to put a page together. I call it the 'Spinach' template inspired by the Popeye comic by the Segar. Just like Popeye cracked a can of spinach to unleash his strength and I hope using this template will unleash some comic strength for you (Plus spinach is simply good for you!)



What does this template include?


  • Instructions for use with tips and hints
  • Panel guides to create over 300 panel combinations
  • Lettering guide based on the Ames lettering guide with narrow leading
  • Premade layers for:
  • Rough sketches (pencils)
  • Inking and shading
  • Digital 'Zipatone' dots (for manga type shading)
  • Lettering
  • Premade panels borders that can be cut and pasted for you own comic.


Above: Panel guides and the resulting panels examples

Technical Specs: The template is made at 6x9 inches which is the most common size for print graphic novels and comics. The DPI is set at 600 to ensure high quality print reproduction. 

For a limited time, I am offering it for no charge on my ko-fi:

Spinach Comic Page Template

New Atelic sketchbook


Recently when I was in Toronto for TCAF and picked up this new book


From Gwartzmen art supplies. I was attracted to it for two reasons, 1-the price ($5!) and the brand, Atelic, which is the same brand as my previous sketchbooks I found useful since moving to Canada.

At first I thought that paper was perhaps too textured, as tech pens need a medium surface, not so glossy the pens slips but not so rough the pen drags.

I started off just using a brush pen and other pens I had on me



I felt like it took me about 8 pages to get back into the swing of drawing in a sketchbook. Then I was able to clean out a tech pen I had and get it going. I had forgotten how nice it is to draw with a tech pen.



I was almost finished the book when I put in a mail order for 4 news books (I'm going though about a page a day) luckily they dont' take long to arrive.

I've now completed the first book and I'm offering it as a free PDF sketchbook compilation for the next five days. You can download here,

After that it will apear on my Ko-Fi page available with a donation.

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