Sunday 10th November
Fitzroy Beer Garden
243-245 Gertrude St. Fitzroy.
Earlier this year I, along with Mirranda Burton, Marijka Gooding, Scarlette Baccini, Gregory Mackay and Dan Hayward ran an Indiegogo campaign to help pay for our foray to North America to bring our (and Australian) comics to the attention of North Americans, building on the good work of Caravan of Comics, 2012. We promised we would produce a comic about it, some limited edition prints, a Dvd documentary, the Graphic Novels! Melbourne! documentary on Dvd and more. So, the time has come to deliver on the promise and celebrate a promise kept! The magisterial comics MC Bernard Caleo will interview us on stage from about 4pm.
For those financial supporters who live in Melbourne, you may come and pick up your rewards directly off us on the day, get them signed and get our profound thanks. We can’t buy you all beers as there are too many of you and we’ve spent the money already. For those who were not financial supporters, fear not! All the books and Dvd’s will be available for sale and signing on the day. If your landlord, electricity provider, speeding ticket has taken your last paycheque, well, come on down and at least take in the atmosphere! It’ll be full of talk of panels and brushes, the aromas of ink and uh, depending on the weather, BO.
For those of you who supported the Caravan of Comics 2013 campaign on Indiegogo earlier this year and are wondering when the rewards or perks are coming, well, soon. We’re hoping to publish the comic and Dvds in early October, to be mailed out thereafter. We apologise for the delay, but we all have day jobs or a lot of other commitments, which means that this project is not the top of the priority list, but it’s not down the bottom either. To that end, here’s a shot of the first page of one of my comics in the book. There’ll be 18 pages of new material from me. If this image is beguiling and mysterious, I’ll leave it to you to puzzle it out. Yes indeed, it is a homage to Mr Jaime Hernandez.
Okay, it’s been a long while since my last post. I’ve been busy having travelled to the USA and Canada as part of the Caravan of Comics, presenting at the International Comic Arts Forum, doing a residency at Ragdale in Lake Forest, IL, among many other things like sightseeing, after all, the USA and Canada has a lot to look at. If I was even partially media savvy, I would have written about it extensively and posted the thoughts here, and added a ton of pics to a tumblr. Well, I did write a detailed diary and took 1000+ photos on my iphone, so I can still do it. But I probably won’t. It’s past. Some observations will however, be drawn in comics and published in the forthcoming anthology that the Caravan alumni are going to produce and publish in September. I reckon that would be better, don’t you? With luck, a DVD film of our trip will also be cut thanks to Graphic Novels! Melbourne! director Dan Hayward having accompanied the Caravan, so who needs my 10,000 word blather when you can have comics and movies? I would rather that myself.
However, whilst I was at Ragdale, I did produce a comic on commission called A Space Oddity, written by Matt Perkins. It’s an oblique story of the recently departed Neil Armstrong who died in 2012, meeting himself on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. They float about in space and talk about light, relativity, Being, God and other trivial matters like that. Houston is worried. I show you one page from it to demonstrate that occasionally, I still make comics. Not sure where it will be published, but we are also looking to exhibit this in a gallery at some point, too. Stay tooned.