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new comic and new event: reCOLLECTION at ZICS

reCOLLECTION: cover
The cover for reCOLLECTION, an anthology of previous works

It feels like it’s been a quiet year for me, but here I am again. After thoroughly enjoying Brisbane earlier this year, I’m heading back to finally participate in ZICS, an event I’ve had my eye on since it first started. It’s next weekend, and I’m excited! I’ll be sitting with the Queensland(ish) side of the TTTSNB crew, Wraithdragon and DZYNE studios.

I’ll be bringing reCOLLECTION, my newest comic. Well, not exactly my newest – my newest comics are still works in progress, and not something I can share yet. But reCOLLECTION includes a number of completed pieces that I am very very proud to share.

a preview of the stockbox for ZICS...a preview of the stockbox for ZICS…

ABOUT reCOLLECTION

Three of the comics in reCOLLECTION were written by the brilliant satirist Xeg, a very patient scenarist who has been emailing me his excellence since we met via BD Zine some years ago. I’m particularly grateful to Xeg as Experts are us, one of the scenarios he wrote that is included in reCOLLECTION, was him turning my grumpy frenzied ranting into something coherent, hilarious and lots of fun to illustrate.

Other stories include Talkback and Enso, both gratefully published in ACT Comic Meet anthologies. Finally there’s a brand new never-shared-before comic by me. And an illustration section.

reCOLLECTION is published with the permission of XEG, and with thanks to ACT Comic Meet and CSFG who held first print rights to some of the other pieces in the book.

How to get reCOLLECTION

Everyone who purchases the physical book at ZICS will get a coupon for a free digital download of the book as well!

The digital download is available here for pre-order until ZICS. (This is totally a ZICS first thing…I’m very excited about finally going there!) An absentee pack, including the physical copy of the book, will be available soon!

See you next week, Brisbane!

THE RETREAT – read it online

And here it is: my new comic, The Retreat. There’s still more I want to do with this story, but that’s for another day. Right now I’m still proud of this: my writing’s come a long way since the last time I completed any project as long as this while still sticking with the themes and ideas I love. This comic was completed relatively quickly and took me completely by surprise – I had been struggling with a completely different story to work on for this week.

If you’re coming to Minicomicon tomorrow you’ll be able to get your copy directly from me in either easy-reading A5 or shy pocket-sized A6 versions. Otherwise, I’ll be posting it for sale on my Storenvy next week.

thanks for reading

Valentine’s Day 2015 – news and downloads

Latest news!

Happy February! I’ve been spending most of the past month quietly chugging away at the New Comic. At this stage, I’ve finished a first draft and am going over absolutely everything to get it looking more polished. Also, not yet done with the cover.

Here’s a quick preview of how it’s looking now:

A preview shot of the latest comic progress!
A preview shot of the latest comic progress!

…which reminds me, the comic will be in colour! I’m keeping it pretty simple for now, but am excited about it. The story for this one felt very different to a lot of the work I’ve been doing over the past year, and in a way it felt more like a return to my roots. It’s kind of exciting.

But in between all that busyness, I nearly ran out of time to do something for Valentine’s Day! (Well, sort of – if you follow me on Instagram you’ll see some of the miniature fake sweets I’ve been playing with. But they’re a bit harder to download.) So here’s something for other people who haven’t prepared for it either. I think it’s appropriately last minute for us.

Free download: Heart patterned giftwrap

Valentines Day 2015 - Giftwrap!
Valentines Day 2015 – Giftwrap download freebie!

Quick and dirty gift wrap pattern! For wrapping! You could potentially use it as a card, but that might look a little too lazy.

At least it’s a pattern you can use at any time of the year!

Actually, I changed my mind. They were designed for gift wrap, but I think you could do more interesting things with them. Like origami. Or paper sculptures. Let me know if you do!

Design 1: Chocolate and pink!

VDAY2015 download freebie: Chocolate and Pink hearts giftwrap in A4
VDAY2015 download freebie: Chocolate and Pink hearts giftwrap in A4

Just the sweet colours for a sweet occasion. Get the printable A4 version here.

Design 2: Black hearts on white

VDAY2015 download freebie: White and black hearts giftwrap in A4
VDAY2015 download freebie: White and black hearts giftwrap in A4

For a cooler, more modern feel. Get the printable A4 version here.

Design 3: White hearts on black

VDAY2015 download freebie: Black and white hearts giftwrap in A4
VDAY2015 download freebie: Black and white hearts giftwrap in A4

For the even more sophisticated gift recipient. Or someone who likes black better. Get the printable A4 version here.

Preview of what’s next – Lunar New Year goodies!

Okay, so I have been pretty apathetic on the Valentine’s Day front. But I’m preparing something else for the Lunar New Year…

If you haven’t finished your hongbao (or angbao, depending on your preference!) prep yet, come back next week – I’ll have some red packet patterns for you to print, fold and give away! Or keep.

WIP: Lunar New Year 2015 illustration
WIP: Lunar New Year 2015 illustration
Digital, 2015

Busy January

Air dry clay work - sweets in progress for Valentine's day!
Air dry clay work – sweets and parts in progress for Valentine’s day!

Hello 2015! I’m not going to even try excusing myself for not having an earlier New Year post ;;; But I hope we have a great year ahead.

I can now confirm that I’ll be at Minicomicon in Brisbane on the 28 February! I’m planning to have at least one new comic with me…follow me on twitter or tumblr to watch the comic as-I-make-it!

The Crone (WIP) Digital illustration, 2015
Hopefully I’ll be bringing this along!