14 April 2015

Homecooked Comics Festival 2015



Yep, it's on again real soon. The building will be stuffed full of comics, creators, books and drawing. I'll be there doing a 45min inking demonstration also :)

13 April 2015

The Ledger Awards 2015

The 2015 Ledger Awards were on again last Friday, and it was the best one ever...


Bernard Caleo was M.C'ing in his white suit (as per tradition).








Alisha Jade.














Josh Santospirito (on audio instruments) and Chris Downes (on ink instruments).








Very cool show.


Almost all of my favorite cartoonists got a pat on the back that night, including the much deserved Frank Candiloro...


...Squishface...






Thomas Campi is one of my favorite Australian cartoonist/illustrators. The guy is a master with digital painting, and I can't wait to see this book that won a Ledger Award.


Tim Molly's 'Mr Unpronounceable' won another award this year. The guy is a machine!


Dean Rankine (crowd favorite) !.... so glad for him. He's another tireless workhorse, and a genuinely nice guy. He seems to just pump out comics every week.


Chris Gooch won for his 'Very Quiet, Very Still' book... Chris is a young cartoonist who's decades ahead of his age in terms of skill.


Great to see some books win that I'd never heard of. (*notes book down in his phone*)


Jase Harper won the GOLD award for his 'Awkwood' book...


Good onya Jase...! (and congrats to Milk Shadow Books for having SO many creators under their umbrella take awards out).




Dean Rankine.


Squishface.


Well done guys :)




Three winners!












Gary Chaloner (chief organiser).


Alana had the best shot.

Congratulations to all the winners. Well deserved. I had a ball hanging out, chatting, snapping photos and generally having a really nice time with familiar faces that I don't see often enough. Gatherings like this, if nothing else, serve to get you back to the drawing board with a smile on your face and feeling of comradeship.

And to all the childish haters who were tweeting snide & bitter comments as the show was going on, haven't you got better things to do than tear people down? No one's forcing you to fly the Ledger flag. Grow a pre-frontal cortex.

Anyway... I loved it. See you next year!

A thousand words

Last Thursday night I went along to hear eight creative locals present talks about what they're creating (or have created). It was held in the very cool Brunswick Arts Space.


Bernard Caleo (aka: Doorman)




"How does this thing work?"










Many great local creators were there...


As well as beer.








Tim McEwen dropped in too... with Bernard Caleo (aka: hair sniffer)


Bernard Caleo (aka: M.C)






Christopher Downes (showing his process).










Sarah Howell


Bruce Mutard (love this guys work).


Eri Kashima




... intermission...










David Blumenstein


Joe Waite.


Miranda Burton, and Joshua Santospirito also presented very interesting (and funny) talks on their current projects.

It was a really cool & arty evening. Relaxed and insightful regarding the ideas/projects that various creative people are working on. Definitely going to the next one.