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back with a bang

i’m back! in truth i was back two weeks ago, but wordpress ate my last post.

I’m going to be at Goulburn Comic Con next Saturday – hope to see you there!

In the meantime, I participated in the 100 People in One Week sketch challenge last week. I managed to smash them out in three days…and now I need some recovery time!

 

see you next time

Thank you ComicGong!

We’re back from ComicGong and it was great!

Sweets Galore for ComicGong! Photo by Callan O'Donohoe - https://500px.com/stealthelf
Sweets Galore for ComicGong! Here’s a collection of some of the sweets I took down. Photo by Callan O’Donohoe

ComicGong was my first big show in a while and I can’t speak highly enough of how well it was organised – it was like a bigger version of the also impressively run Goulburn Comic Con late last year (which I hope I hope I hope will be on again this year!)

I don’t have any photos or media from the event just yet, but there are already some very cool photos on the ComicGong facebook page. It was such a busy morning I forgot to take a photo of my table before the crowd poured in!

Now to get back to the comics making…

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!

Thank you Brisbane!

This post has been a while coming…but now it’s here! Had a great time at Brisbane Minicomicon. In fact, even with the convention on it was a – dare I say it? – relaxing weekend. Southbank is beautiful and a great date spot. (And a great place to hang out and check out museums!)

Behind my table at Minicomicon 2015. Photo by Callan O'Donohoe
It  was a little hard and too dark to take photos of my table at Minicomicon…and busy! This is a photo from behind my table, before the convention started. Photo by Callan O’Donohoe

The thing I’m still the most thrilled about was meeting people who were excited about comics, and happy to chat about them. And there were so many of you! Thank you all for coming by my table and picking things up to look at them, buying something or just stopping by to chat. For those of you who missed anything, I’ll be updating my online store (…soon…) with some of the remaining stock of…everything.

At the moment my convention calendar is looking pretty bare for the rest of the year. I want to take some time to focus on making comics, particularly my own comics. I’ve had a great run of luck working on many fun projects with extremely talented people – but I’m looking to do some of my own work for a little bit. I miss being able to print books as soon as they’re ready! I’m finding that I really enjoy marketing at the moment, so if you do have an event you think I should be at, please let me know!

And now, back to work…

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