10 February 2016

OXYGEN: preview...

Darren Close and I are lucky enough to live 5 minutes from each other, and so tend to catch up weekly for a coffee & chat. In the last few months, Darren apparently found an answer to our procrastinating about when the 'next page' was going to get done. His solution: an agreement to produce a comics page a week. I said, "Sure"... and so it begins.

What have I gotten myself into.

16 January 2016

Turtles for tumors.

Last night I rocked up with Darren Close in support of Michael Bradshaw who's been effected by brain cancer and the subsequent surgery that followed. The turnout was awesome. Many, many great artists donated original artwork for the show.

I grew up reading Calvin & Hobbes... so i was really tempted to grab this superb figurine.

A plethora of great Australian talent donated all this!

A really great show.

The gallery was absolutely packed, and it was really great to see such a warm turnout supporting such a great cause.

We all rocked up for this guy (Michael Bradshaw)... :)

Click on this panorama to see it larger.

Kicking back during sunset with friends, food & drinks.

05 January 2016


Congratulations to my fellow comics friend, Darren Close, for taking out the 2015 ComicOz award for Best Australian Original Comic Book.

It's an extremely honest and personal story of the internal battle an artist (and quite frankly, a human being) goes through.. The story portrays the moment one finally has the courage to do something worthwhile, and then the mind game that often ensues in letting go of insecurity and fear. Contact Darren Close to grab a copy of this great short story.  

(A great introduction by writer, Paul Bedford, and nicely printed too... through, Brendan Halyday)

01 January 2016

Comics Meetup - Dec-2015

In case any of you aren't aware, the Monthly Melbourne Comics Meetup (held on the 1st Saturday of each month) has moved from the Prince Alfred to the Bull & Bear Tavern on Little Flinders Lane.

Anyway, the final meetup was a pretty full get-together, with the usual faces, and some new ones in the mix too.

06 May 2015

Free Comic Book Day 2015

Unless you're not into comic books, most of you would have been aware that this last weekend was Free Comic Book Day across the world. It was no different here in our great city of Melbourne, other than the fact that All Star Comics hosted the best day ever. I was honored to be selected by All Star, along with a bunch of other great Comic Artists who signed and sketched for the kids and fans who showed up on the day.

When I got there at 10.15am, a line was already snaking around the corner to get into All Star Comics!

An amazing sight to see how popular All Star (and comics in general) was on the day :)

Official All Star photographer extraordinaire... Muhammad Iqbal.

"Cook the man some eggs!"

I arrived to Artists Alley (a block from All Star Comics), to a packed alleyway. Nice!

Darren Close & Brendan Hallyday.

The awesome graphic novels for sale on the Milk Shadow Books table.



Kids & families all over the place.

Darren Close.

James Andre & Frank Candilloro.

Below are the various sketches I did for the kids and fans throughout the day. I had a great time chatting to you all, and had some surprisingly in depth conversations regarding the hows & whys of creating artwork in our lives.



The Joker.

Lucas Testro asked me to draw whatever I wanted (I love hearing this request), or one of the gas-masked characters from my OXYGEN story. Both requests are one in the same really.



Indiana Jones.

Trevor Wood.

Colin Wilson.

Brendan Hallyday.

As the day ended, I caught up with my sister & John for a coffee at Brunetti's in the city square. A perfect group of finches (i think) swooped onto the leftovers of previous biscuit eaters.

Wedding photography was being snapped as we walked by Blade Runner alley.

For a moment I was 'that' guy on his phone.

Colin Wilson gave me with a copy of pt#2 of WONDERBALL. With a personalised sketch on the inside cover to boot! It's all in French, but who cares. It's wonderball (and Colin Wilson).

The day was so good. From sketching for kids and fans, to walking through a relaxing city with my camera later, and chilling out with my sister & John. Looking forward to Free Comic Book Day again next year!