30 September 2010

Light at the end of the tunnel

It's Thursday morning, and I've written, layed-out, pencilled and lettered the final two page short story for the tail end of the next DIGESTED.04 issue due out in November. Feels good I tell ya!



Will ink this baby today, wrap up the final addendums for the back of the issue... and then it's only the cover to be done. I know the cover is the most important thing that people notice, and I'm careful to plan/execute it properly... but I'm always just anxious to get it done and get the book out. I know most comics authors absolutely froth at the mouth to do the cover, but to me the stories in the book are the real juice.

Catch the rest of you regulars at Saturday's monthly comics meetup. It's usually on during the first Saturday of each month, but because of this year's stupid AFL Grand Final reply... everyone's timetables are screwed up.



-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com

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26 September 2010

Like Mike...

Comics has always been my No.1 passion... but I've also been playing basketball for over 20 years now, and there's nothing like it for letting off some steam. I play twice a week.


Here's me, splitting the D and going to the rack.

-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com
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23 September 2010

Progress report...

Just finished inking a very short one-pager for the next issue of DIGESTED.



No kidding... this is something I saw on TV.

(Update: This strip got pulled in the end. Needs reworking, and deadline is looming. Another time.)

-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com

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11 September 2010

Dark Contrasts

Damn Saturday afternoon Melbourne traffic. Every person was out on the roads being the dutiful consumer in shopping districts that I had to go through in order to get to Mandy Ord and Dillon Naylor's exhibition/talk... Just my luck.


I finally got there, but was late. What a buffoon. I got there just in time to catch Dillon's final words, so I didn't get any pics of him talking, which was a shame.


Then it was Mandy's turn to present/talk about her work as Dillon listened on...


Mandy going through the chronology of her comics through the years.


(Click on the above image to view a larger version)


(Click on the above image to view a larger version)

I had a quick chat with both Mandy and Dillon after the show, and got to chew the comics fat briefly with them. Especially with Dillon, whom I've never really chatted to before, but who has a good and reserved confidence in his work.

As we chatted, we tended to agree that there hasn't been many comics/graphic novels in the last five years that have caught our eye in a major way. It's like there's all these indy publishers now and online comics, but nothing that has really made any big sound like the 80s or 90s. Maybe there's too much noise now. Everyone's doing it... maybe? Who knows. But Dillon remarked that that's probably a good sign in that it's a perfect time for comics to emerge while there's all this 'bubbling' and make an impact. Sounds like a solid idea to me. Hope it happens. Dillon mentioned the Heavy Metal comics and we both lit up... but we couldn't really think of any renaissance past that. Strange.

Anyway, it was a nice talk/presentation by Mandy... and I'm sure Dillon's was just as good too (sorry for being late). I highly recommend that you get down there and see their wonderful original works up on the walls before it all ends. You can even buy most of the artwork... A lot of it originally inked artwork too! What are you waiting for?

The exhibition is on until the 25th September. More details from the gallery's blog here.

-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com

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06 September 2010

A peek...

I'm currently inking the last page of the MINIMUM HOURS story in the next issue of DIGESTED.04. Woohoo. Finally the finish line. Just a short 1 or 2 pager after that, and the issue is done... notwithstanding the cover, that is.


Here's one of the final inked pages.


For some reason I was really feeling it with the nib on this one. It's a nice feeling when that happens.

-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com

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03 September 2010

Dark Contrasts

Last night was the official opening to Mandy Ord's & Dillon Naylor's DARK CONTRASTS exhibition at the Town Hall Gallery in Hawthorn.

Personally, I'm of the opinion that comic stories are meant to be read. But the positive thing about gallery exhibits of comic art is that it attracts crowds that may not necessarily be into comic books at all. The upshot, one hopes, is that by getting people to see the medium in a format that they ARE familiar/comfortable with (ie. On a wall), then it may prompt them to also read the stories in book format. It's not a far-fetched idea, right?


I was one of the first there when I took the photo (above)...


But soon the place was jumping.


Lot's of chat and viewing of artwork.


A few familiar faces.


Some rare published comics by Mandy and Dillon were on view.


I didn't want to interrupt John puttin on his 'moves'... "So, ladies, uh..."


Dillon Naylor's work:




Beautifully designed and painted acrylics.


My favorite of Dillon's at this exhibit. Really confident work.




Mandy Ord's work:



Pages from some of Mandy's newer work...


And a close-up.





The artwork showcased on the walls was great. Congratulations to them both, and I hope the show leads to great things. They deserve it. The two have been toiling away at their comic book authoring/illustrating for years now, and while their respective styles are very different from each other, their passion for black ink on white paper is obvious and inspiring.

The exhibition closes on the 25th September. Mandy and Dillon will also be giving a talk about their work and careers on Saturday-11th between 2-3pm. Entry is FREE! So if you don't come... Like, what's wrong with you?

-Bobby.N
www.bobbyn.com

PS: Oh yeah, before I forget... the monthly comics meet up is on again tomorrow.



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