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



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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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Peptober Day 3: Feels

Today I'm feeling a nostalgia for the low-fi culture of the past. Things like Cassette tapes, paper zines, finding an obscure artist in a second-hand bookstore.

However, I think it's important to realise why these things were interesting. It's not some sort of hipster notion of obscurity. I think it has more to do with the shareable and transferable nature of them coupled with the effort it took to find them.


I think alternative, low fi, and handmade had connotations around them that no longer apply. The internet is so powerful and fantastic that these words no longer have the same meaning. It's not an either-or situation. I'm not saying the internet is bad so let's replace it with paper zines. I'm merely appreciating the faults of this old technology (after all old technology becomes admired for its faults).

I'm more so thinking out loud of how we find the alternative again. In a world where the playing field is evened out via social media platforms (as most people have access to the same tools) how do you find the more meaningful work?

I've tried answering this question lately with my spare parts press project. I've been seeking out artists that meet that non-mainstream aesthetic who I can help share their work bundled into an ebook that readers can buy or keep and even share.


Peptober day 2: Ask Them Anything

Restarting blogging has been going well. There are a few reasons I've started doing it.



It's a good practice but the devil of doubt starts to creep in. Do I have enough interesting content for daily posts? Is the content is too disconnected from my art practice; it's about it, but it doesn't always include new artwork.

I decided to attempt Andy J. Pizza's Peptober challenge as it would be a good way to come up with daily blog posting. For day three its ask them anything (ATA), asking your audience a question. Here are a few questions (feel free to answer on or all through the comments on this post or privately via my contact page.)

  1. What do you think about the daily posting so far?
  2. What sort of content do you like reading here (making comics, behind the scenes, how-to’s, straight up new work, announcements, all of the above)?
  3. and the following on...What would you like to see more of here?
  4. How do you read this blog (through an RSS feed, some other alert, visiting the actual blog)?
The reason I ask these questions is that my stats show a decent amount f readers but I have little idea of who they are. 


Peptober day 6: Bring them on stage

I previously wrote about how difficult it is to come up with a name/title for a book.  I thought I had found the perfect title with Spare Parts, but it was so good I used it for my new publishing venture Spare Parts Press.

More recently I was fascinated with the word Sonder (if you've never heard the word, here's the meaning). I think it is too fancy to use for a book, although now I wish I used it for the press. Sonder press would have perfectly tied in with the work I wish to publish. 

My latest idea has narrowed down to using a variation of my last name. I would go with simply the word 'Wood' or some variation thereof. Although perhaps too simple and open to connotations I don't intend.

 I had run this experiment once before using a Twitter poll, and I was happy with how that went.



This time I'd like to use the form below (or view the form here) to get your feedback. I have a couple that are favourites, but it would be cool to see what you think.

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Peptober Day 5: Process

I've been working digitally fairly exclusively since April 2020. It took me about 4 months to just start feeling comfortable and perhaps a couple more months to actually produced something I was completely happy with (add to this about a year of non-serious dabbling). I thought it might be interesting to look at the difference between my old comic making process and the new.

My old process

The process that I found the most success with over the years was

  • Using a certain type of smallish sketchbook (A5): These from Australia, and later these from Canada
  • A blue col erase pencil: Something about drawing in blue and reducing the amount of erasing needed worked for me
  • A technical pen: Easy to clean and refill, I don't have to rely on constantly buying special pens
  • Rotering or Kohinoor ink: I started with the small bottle and eventually moved to buy the larger ones. Having a large ink supply meant I was never without ink



Outside this I occasionally tried to make comics with special Bristol paper, sable brushes and speciality inking nibs. Believing this was a more professional or correct way to make comics.

The problems I ran into were:

  • Paper quality changing in the sketchbooks I liked
  • my pen clogging up from time to time
  • difficulty finding col erase blue pencils (initially you couldn't get them in Australia, and it was only my trips to Canada which mainly keep them in supply)
  • Maintain stock of speciality items (Certain items could only be purchased online or from speciality art stores in another city or country!)
  • Speciality art items like paper not being compatible with speciality ink and or pencils (paper, pencil, ink, and eraser all had to line up)
  • Speciality lettering guides were only available in Canada (luckily I was able to buy them and even give some to friends)
  • Needing a template to help rule pages but not finding one (I tried to get one laser-cut, but it was always just a little too difficult or expensive to realise)
  • always feeling like my tech pen was not a real comic making tool and feeling obliged to use a brush or nib to get a variable line

My new process (after some trial and error)

  • iPad Pro using the app Procreate
  • Create  a file using a certain size/ratio
  • establish a group of layers in this file
  1. Comic panel template (used as a rough guide for where the panels are, made in Illustrator and imported as a jpg)
  2. Sketch layer 1 (rough pencils, basic composition and forms etc)
  3. Sketch layer 2 (refine the first draft, correct perspective, add extra details etc)
  4. Inking (I sometimes added more detail or slightly adjusted things here, but mostly I am focused on getting a nice inked line)
  5. Shading (Being able to do shading on a different layer helps it look more natural and I can change my mind if I overdid it)
  6. Colour (colouring on a separate layer is always a good idea, I just wish there was a flattening tool in Procreate)
  7. Rough lettering (I soften used pink for the rough lettering to contrast with my blue pencils)
  8. Lettering guide (another one that was created in illustrator, consistent lines with altering leading guides)
  9. Finished lettering
  10. Finished word balloons
  11. Pre-drawn comic panels

 

What I like about my new process

  • endless paper and ink (As long as my iPad is charged, I never run out)
  • corrections don't mess up the artwork (corrections on paper can mess up the artwork if you overdo it)
  • no more constant ruling of pages
  • no more ruling tiny lettering lines
  • easy to colour, I don't have to scan clean and format, I can colour straight into the artwork on a new layer
  • sharing is much easier (again I don't have to scan, clean and save to a web format)
  • travelling is much easier, no ink bottle in plastic baggies, or forgetting to bring your pen etc
  • being able to copy pencils (a character's unique face or an entire background) and duplicate it

What I don’t enjoy (and they are a minor few)

  • slippery screen (I relate it to a printmaking process, as many of them use glass or a plastic surface to draw onto)
  • harder/not as rewarding to sketch (a big part of my practice is sketching)

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