I’m 18 pages into a 29-page Zombolette story. My fears are threefold:
1. 29 pages might be too long for such an idiotic story
2. The art at the beginning is so much worse than the art I’m currently working on… but I don’t want to go back and re-work it when I’ve already spent way too long making this dumb book
3. It’s so dumb, guys
But, I’m very excited to be over the hump and on the home stretch. SUPER excited to finally almost have a new book to share with the world.
Excerpt from Zombolette’s Floppy #2
This comic is called ‘Bug’. It’s my first attempt at colouring a whole story of sequential art. I learned a lot about how to colour stuff in a way that takes a really really long time to edit together.
‘Bug’ was shortlisted for the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award (for ‘graphic short story’), so that’s pretty nice.
Page one was also used as the cover art for a single by my band Dear Plastic.
The girl is based on my little sister Paisley.
You can buy a copy of ‘Bug’ from my Etsy store.
What with all the recent controversy in Australian comics, I felt the need to come clean about something. You see, I too have been using the illegal drawing technique of tracing to create “original” artwork.
People may not realise it, since the final product doesn’t tend to look exactly like a photograph, but nearly every drawing of Zombolette has actually been traced from a photo of Kylie Minogue. In the interest of full disclosure, I’ve included an example of my process below.
Man, it feels really good to finally get that off my chest.
Yesterday I was chuffed to receive a kind and thoughtful review for Zombolette from Decapitated Dan, which made me reflect a little on my influences. Mr Dan writes,
“Fans of Lenore or Johnny the Homicidal Maniac should just save some time and go buy this book now, because it is right up your alley.”
Read the full review HERE.
…And I hope they will! 😛
The first comics I really really loved, in the order I found them, were Calvin and Hobbes, Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, and Lenore. Everyone always spots Lenore and JTHM in my work, and I hope that one day someone recognises the sweetness of Calvin and Hobbes in there too. I wonder if I write this way because those things influence me, or if I like those comics because they hit on things I already wanted to write. Maybe/probably both. Actually, there’s lots of Ren and Stimpy and a whole whack of Black Books in there too – TV is what mainly influences me, and ultimately where I hope to wind up.
A long time ago I felt self-conscious about my influences being recognisable, but then I changed my mind about that. Jim Jarmusch probably relaxed the butt-holes of many young creatives when he said, “Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent”.
P.S., Getting reviews is my all-time favourite thing. If you are a person who wants to review one of my books for your website/blog, let me know and I’ll arrange a copy for you!
The second caravan has returned to earth after two and a half weeks of hectic but wonderful madness. I’m still a bit crazy with jetlag and feeling sore and confused after seeing behind the curtain of the Real World. I have photos and stories… I’ll post some of them here, why not?
I found a book of cartoons from when I was in grade 3! This was when I really officially decided I was going to be a cartoonist.
Tinny the Tin of Cat Food was one of my earliest characters…
In case y’all missed last week’s issue of Beat magazine…
Only one glaring error in the book titles! I’m quickly learning that every article ever will have an error, or make you look like a douchebag, or both.
Tonight I watched my housemates play Bioshock (the first one, now we’ve all finished Infinite) while doodling myself silly on the couch. Tonight was also the night that I remembered how port tastes like a delicious dessert.
The ‘jar of hearts’ is in honour of that awful, awful song.
Emmet O’Cuana from Beardy and the Geek interviewed me about my new comic Jesus Reloadeth’d, and our campaign for the Caravan of Comics.
Listen to the podcast here. ❤
I always feel slightly awkward talking about the Jesus comic, like I should apologise for it or try to justify it and explain it. But man, it’s just silly fun funs, people will either hate it or not and there’s no winning people over.
Some people at Supanova got offended just looking at the cover. Others told me they were Christian, but they had a sense of humour about it and we had a nice chat. I like that everyone’s generally ok with excessive Jesus violence and killing, but the tender sex scene between two men is ‘too far’.
Absolutely wrecked after a huge weekend of Supanova (and a very croaky and tired gig with my band at the Toff). I got quite a few of my comics into new hands, and had some return customers from last year, which was extra great. The new Zombolette Floppy was ready in time and it went down pretty well.
I didn’t have heaps of time to see talks or guests, but I had a browse around the stalls and met some very inspiring artists.
Preparing for the event was pretty hectic and stressful, and I was thinking I wouldn’t be up for another convention this year, but now it’s all done and dusted I want more…
^^ My lovely and talented table-mates, Ive Sorocuk and Alex E Clark.