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Proof!!

11 Feb

Confusingly – printers send you this thing to look at which has all of the pages all over the place …
Excitingly, the print it on glossy stuff which looks looks nice and shiny! The real thing won’t be printed on shiny paper … so this is a nice novelty before the final piece comes in a couple weeks.

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Sleuth – The Waldheimerin

8 Feb

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This comic was completed in March 2013 by Josh at Chugnut (comics weekend in Victoria). It was written with major assistance from Katsutoshi Osakabe and Nadine Kessler who helped with translations, I sneakily placed in some people I know, borrowed their stories somewhat and whatnot – thankyous therefore go to Jerome Santospirito, Andrew Harwood, Glen Ewers, Sarah Katz, Sophie Clear and anyone who looks after the Cradle Mountain National Park. This comic is part of the Sleuth series of comics, an investigation into the spirituality of modern Australia. I also stole something from TGH Strehlow.

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How to make a cover of a book

28 Jan

Here’s how you make a cover for a book …

Step 1 – spend weeks drawing lots of different ideas
Step 2 – have many arguments with graphic designer wife
Step 3 – don’t give in
Step 4 – realise that wife probably has better sense for this stuff than you do … and compromise

Step 5 – Draw the title, draw the outlines of two dogs about to have a scruff using the only lightbox you have available (the sun)
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Step 6 – Colour in the texture of that big shaggy dog on the back cover!
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Step 7 – Finish the writing on the back (some endorsements from Jennifer Mills, Rod Moss and Tom Singer!! )
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Step 8 And add the spine.
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Here’s the spine up close!
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Step 9 – scan and relinquish to graphic designer.

Charlotte Salomon (1917-43) Documenta

25 Jan

At Documenta in 2012, the most interesting piece I came across was this historical oddity by Charlotte Salomon. It is a Gesamtkunstwerk of sorts, an ambitious fusion of visual art, poetry and perhaps other hidden artforms by a young Jewish German women who eventually found herself in Auschwitz. The entire work was made in 1941-42 and is a series of about 760 gouache paintings that retell the story of numerous suicides in her family, mostly women on a background of suggested abuse. It was mostly in German which I found difficult to fully understand (my German not being up to scratch despite being married for a number of years now to a beautiful German lass) but the intense visuals were quite astounding. I realised very quickly that this kind of artwork, which was laid out in a series of cases (as you’ll see in the images below), was a form of comics. It also happened to coincide with the period where I was organising the first of the Sleuth series of exhibits, which mostly involved me using entire sheets of paper as panels for comics that were to spread across walls. I found it very interesting indeed. I must get my mitts on a copy of the book of these images.

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Sleuth – The Academic

1 Dec

I have taken down the Sleuth exhibition today – it has hung for a month and the Closing night concert – Sound Klub 7 was a bit of a smash hit – grateful to all who helped and to Reuben Ingall, Paul Heslin, Matt Warren and Nick McCorriston for performing!

This is The Academic from the Sleuth series.
He’s kind of a cipher for me … reading books trying to comprehend Australian things in an overly poetic and slightly unintelligible manner.

An update on the Long Weekend preorder drive

10 Nov


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Process diary #4 – November installation

6 Nov

Installing the Sleuth exhibition has been interesting … and took a lot longer than I thought … but I should’ve known since in some cases I was putting up each individual panel from a comic on the wall separately.

Here’s a picture of the Box of Virtue

The process of installing (which I suspected from the beginning) would help me edit out those comics that didn’t work. I had 17 comics in total as part of Sleuth … and a few got the cut. One consideration that I hadn’t fully considered which became blindingly obvious when I was in the space was that a few of the comics which I had as part of the broader Sleuth concept were written not for the wall, but for the page. I had written one comic about a giantess called the Waldheimerin (she had been sleeping in Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, near the Waldheim). It became obvious that pages with a few panels on them just didn’t work in this setting. The ones that were easiest to read across a wall were quite simply – the ones that I had designed to be read that way … perhaps that seems obvious now … but I had simply assumed that it would be workable to place comics that were written for books to be read across a wall if arranged or cut up and rearranged perhaps. So they got the cut. I still had the Long Weekend Intro which I felt had a personal element that I wanted as part of the show but this was also written for the page – my only solution to being able to keep it was to put it on the outside of the Paddy Lyn Memorial space as a lead-in to the exhibition so it’s clunkiness didn’t detract from the rest of the exhibition. The Waldheimerin is still in the zine, which is kind of nice to have some of the comics already part of the ongoing Sleuth project rather than having them all on the walls just for the sake of having them there.

Here’s a photo of one of the versions of God – Stephen Kernahan

One interesting thing I forgot to mention from the process was the fact that since having a comics exhibition is a relatively untried area – I don’t know how much the average viewer is willing to invest in reading a comic. As a consequence I made a decision right from the beginning that this fast drawing comics was the way to go, since I felt that pace had to be relatively quick to keep the viewers interested. It isn’t like a book which they have sat down with and have intuitively committed to reading the pages more patiently – this particular exhibition would have people potentially walking in who have various expectations only to be met with art that requires some attention span, possibly a format that they were not anticipating

… therefore I needed some comics to have plenty of hooks, some humour to keep them interested in staying for longer and reading the rest and deciphering the overall feel of it. I don’t know if I was successful, I’m not sure at all … the larger images of the giants were part of that, the single images on the roof of the footy players may actually give the viewers cause to think that it is a normal exhibition that you just look at single images and then walk out if you don’t get it – they may indeed be confusing to the whole intention of keeping people in. But of course – you can’t always retain every art goer in a room, but the aim was to retain as many as I could. The ARI allows for this experiment to fall a little flat so I went in with full gusto into at least giving it a crack … Most people who went in on the first day said that it was quite engaging, and easy to engage with – which is promising!!

The Sleuth Exhibition

5 Nov

November 2012 – I unveiled the beginnings of what I hope to be a long-term evolving project … which no doubt will change and grow and occasionally drop off the face of the planet for a while. It’s basically my BOOK 2. I probably have enough comics to fill a book … but if I were to make a book out of them – they’d all be different sized pages and wonky and the binder would want to kill me.

As part of this ongoing project I have also made the first SLEUTH ZINE !
Which can be purchased here for $AUD 5- +postage (within Australia that’s only 60 cents, outside Australia please add $AUD 1.50).

At the artist talk – I yakked on about comics-form, content … Sleuth came into being, answered some questions … asked some.
Here’s some photos from the the artist talk at the Exhibition opening from November 3rd, 2012.


Sleuth Exhibition

4 Nov

Images from the Sleuth Exhibition which opened yesterday

– will be open until November the 30th at Inflight Art Gallery in Hobart,
1-5pm Wed – Saturday in the Paddy Lyn space which is in the back of the gallery.

Sleuth – The department of conversation

25 Oct

I will be exhibiting Sleuth from next Saturday for the month of November – at Inflight Art Gallery (soon to change its name to CONSTANCE).
This is one comic from the Sleuth series which I hope will be an ongoing comics project of mine.

This comic with Paul and Mary was designed to run horizontally across a wall, so it’s not ideally read on the computer screen … though perhaps on a website where you could scroll left to right it might read well. The Sleuth project will not involve Paul and Mary on a regular basis, though they may make a cameo in the future.

This series of comics aims to tell a larger story that sits in between all of the different stories that I have told and will tell. Perhaps you can piece it together over time, perhaps not. It must be said though – Paul and Mary are my personal favourites of all the character’s I’ve met so far … they were one of the first I met as well. I hope you like them too.