12 December 2009

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Cardigan comics' book launches are THE book launches of the year. If you're a comic publisher, and you're thinking about launching your title... make sure it's as FAR away from the date of a TANGO launch as possible, because these shin-digs are jaw dropping. You don't stand a chance.

Two massive anthologies were launched on the night. THE TANGO COLLECTION published by Allen & Unwin, and TANGO-9 (Love & War) published by Cardigan Comics.

The night was fantastic. Good friends, and great books. The new TANGO-9 was the standout for me. Perfect dimensions & 300+ pages. It was nice and chunky. All the organisers/publishers outdid themselves. Guests couldn't praise the night and books enough... just take a look at some of the pics I took on the night.

Where ever I pointed my camera... it was packed.

Very swish.

In the main gallery area, groups were congregating.

It did heat up, but we were all having too much fun to care.

I see you Jen.

The only creator taller than Bruce & myself... the talented Mr Scmidt.

Mr Caleo giving his eloquent and charged speeches to launch the books.

Just take a look at that crowd!!
Click on the image above to see a larger panorama shot.

A parting gift from the mysterious publisher. A magazine to be launched in the near future. What will be inside... who knows? But I'm waiting with baited breath.


09 December 2009

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What a great day.

I slept until 10.30am. Everything was in relaxed slow-motion. I leisurely made my way out of the house, drove onto the freeway, and headed towards Footscray to visit my favorite art shop (on Buckley St). After picking up a few supplies, I drove toward the city with all the car windows down as the sun warmed my right forearm.

After dicking around some stores, I headed to Minotaur bookshop to see what was new on the comic book shelves. I bought two books. One let down, and one absolute GEM.

The gem was Dave McKean's re-release of PICTURES THAT TICK (book-1). Dave's at the top of my tree as a comic creator and illustrator. The book is wonderful. Even though Dave experiments with different styles... he's always trying to express ideas. That's why he's one of the standouts to me. Skillful and courageous enough to put down on paper exactly what he intends... in a marvelous style. Get it.

The 'dud' book (in my opinion) was Tom Gould's THE GIGANTIC ROBOT. To be fair to Tom though, I wouldn't have felt so duped (let alone bought the book at all), if Minotaur didn't have the rediculous policy of plastic-sealing every book on the shelves. Unless you already know what's inside, it really does become a crap-shoot that ends up killing that childhood joy of discovery. I realize that I can bring books to the counter and have the clerk open them for me to peruse, but when the store is busy, and there's a long queue... you just don't bother.

But from now on, I will. Sorry to all the people I'll be holding up in the line, but that's the last time I waste my money on comics.

On a brighter note... in the store I bumped into comics creators Bruce Mutard, Jason Franks, and Nicholas Hunter (who came down from Sydney). Like me, others tend to duck into the store just before the meetup.

And eventually we made our way down to the last meetup of 2009. It was, again, an awesome turnout.

Jason with his mate... a drink... (of Coke he tells me.)

The writers were on one side of the table, and the illustrators on the other. We threw wads of screwed up paper, and they hurled words of abuse.

Panorama shot courtesy of THE Colin Wilson. See if you can spot 'Waldo'.

Next meetup is on the first Saturday of FEB-2010.
See you all then.


24 November 2009

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Following the labotomy of Armageddon... I scraped myself up from the floor, and have spent the last month chipping away at the next issue (DIGESTED.03)...

... and have just finished the first short story.
Here's one of the inked panels.


09 November 2009

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Another meetup was flagged on the calendar, and so I eagerly weathered the stinkin' heat to be there with my fellow comicbook fetishists on a Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

The friendly regulars were there.

Then I spotted something strange looking from outside ('The Ring' style)...

He was even in the framed wall picture reflection.

It was PAul Bedford, and after sitting down, it became apparent he was peeved we weren't sitting outside in the sweltering heat.. because (get this) he brought along some sunscreen.

As gay as two straight guys can be.

A very 'chunky' turnout.

Philip Bently brought along his new issue of Word Balloons featuring Doug Holgate. A good read. Pick it up!

Daniel Reed looking sheepish as Greg Gates rifles through a new story he's working on. Very nice looking pages Daniel.

Colin Wilson got me onto this nifty idea... so here's the obligatory Monthly Meetup panorama shot from my camera. (Click on the image above).

... and here's one from Colin Wilson's iPhone.

There were a whole bunch of new faces this month. The most ever! Some even finding their way down due to this very blog.

One more comics meetup left for the year, so don't miss out y'all.

191 Grattan St, Carlton (opposite Melbourne Uni)
Sat - 5th December - 2009


02 November 2009

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As mentioned in the previous post, the 'official' launch of a number of new local books took place just a little while ago. New books from Jason Franks, Matt Emery, Brendn Hallyday, and James Andre. It was a great night.

Most of us local creators came along to show our support.

The renaissance man Avi, with THE LIST artist Henry.

TANGO publisher Bernard Caleo dropped by with great Melbourne cartoonist, Jo Waite.

Paul Bedford did a wonderful job MC'ing the launch.

LOOK!... a photo of Jason Franks NOT drinking. Oh wait, Paul's holding Jason's beer while he speaks.

The Loop Bar was decently packed...

...with comic people everywhere you looked.

Matt was impeccably dressed as he foisted his books into the crowd.


The talented Brendan Hallyday has a great affection for indie comics... and is a maestro with the brush.

Aside from launching his books on the night, James Andre dished out kung-fu lessons.

Jason drinking. Again.

Congratulations to all the authors on the birth of their new books. A great time was had by all.

See the rest of you at this weekend's November comics meetup.

Prince Alfred Hotel
Grattan St, Carlton
2pm - 6pm