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new comic and new event: reCOLLECTION at ZICS

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…


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!

EVENT wrap up: Otakufest

A convention sketch of Sailor Jupiter, shortly before I erased all the pencil lines and found it a new home. Marker, 2014.
A convention sketch of Sailor Jupiter, shortly before I erased all the pencil lines and found it a new home.
Marker, 2014.

I went to Otakufest on the weekend, and it’s kind of fitting that my last market for the year was my busiest!

I met a lot of cosplayers and very friendly people who made the day more fun. My favourite new-people-to-meet that I met while trading include:

  • J, who came by and made a beeline for, of all things, Sweet NV issues 1 and 2. He wins favourite new person of the day just for that, but then he went on to tell me that he digs shojo manga and practiced some Japanese with me. (If you’re reading this, I hope you enjoyed the books!)
  • The excited young lady who made a beeline straight for the sweets deco stock I had out. I promptly showed her all of the extra stock I had (hidden away because there wasn’t enough space on the table!), and offered her the marker sketch I’d been working on that morning because her enthusiasm made my day.
  • The Eliza and Donny cosplayers from the Wild Thornberrys. I didn’t see the Nigel cosplayer (*sad* 🙁 ), but those two were so fantastically in character I can’t get over it.
  • The many friendly, talented and cool young women who came by to chat comics, sweets deco and art. You ladies made my day 🙂

I’m also not counting the most excellent friends whom I already knew who stopped by to say hello.

Overall the event seemed to go well. It was fun trading at a pop culture type convention in such a large open space. I did end up getting rained out and leaving early with most of the other comics sellers but the time I had at the show  was good. Outdoor markets are great, but can be dangerous for paper-goods sellers if the bureau of meteorology predicts a “high chance of rain”. More signage would have been good (as is my usual complaint with events), but the market was so spread out over Garema Place this wasn’t much of an issue. The good part about being spread out was there weren’t the usual pop culture market tiny walkways for human traffic jams and spontaneous, but poorly placed, cosplay photo shoots – the one photo shoot that led to a human traffic jam near my booth still left enough space for people to walk around.

The show was, for me, very different in ways I’m not used to. It’s also given me plenty to think about for next year and what I want to prioritise. Hm…watch this space!

March Events wrap-up

It’s almost the end of the first quarter of the year and it’s been a pretty busy one for me! If January and February were the plan-comics and make-comics months, March was the month of get-out-there-and-show-comics…and strangely enough, it all did sort of come together in a make-comic order.

Here’s a quick wrap-up of my March 2014 –

Event 1. The Zine Lounge, the Museum

The MoAD Zine Lounge. Photo by and © Callan O'Donohoe 2014. Unfortunately edited by SpAE
The MoAD Zine Lounge. Photo by and © Callan O’Donohoe 2014, “helped” by SpAE

The Museum of Democracy recently converted a room to a Zine Lounge, and wanted to show it off with some artists in residence, as part of the ENLIGHTEN festival in Canberra. I was lucky enough to be one of those artists, and Nic Lawson and I spent a few hours making comics and talking to people about comics and zines. I got most of the ground work for my submission to the new ACT Comic Meet anthology, Exposure done over the course of the night too 🙂 Double victory!

2. The CZE Vending Machine Launch

I had a zine in the Canberra Zine Emporium Vending Machine, which launched in mid-March. I finally saw Boldly Sweetie off into the world – and I even gave a little speech to see her go. Had to give. That part was a bit of a surprise, but I think I’m getting better at public speaking!

Here’s more information on the Vending Machine, with a neat little video that includes Boldly Sweetie.

3. Canberra Zine Fair 2014

And finally to market, to market…

My table at the Canberra Zine Fair 2014
My table at the Canberra Zine Fair 2014

I realised how much of a busy year it had been when I counted FOUR never-taken-to-market-before new books on my half of the table, including YES | NO and Boldly Sweetie.

My event review is, in brief, up here. I spent most of my day behind a table and didn’t really get up to look around, which is a shame – there were a lot of beautiful and very professional looking books for display this year! It was a good day and free entry is always a massive bonus – particularly when combined with a decent turnout.

All of my new books will be up on the shop soon – in fact, you can already get a digital copy of Sweet NV 2 here!


And now that the madness of March is over, it’s back to making comics for me.

Events for March

SWEET -  character design 2014
SWEET – character design 2014


Busy March ahead! Here’s what’s on the schedule, events-wise:

I’ll be launching Boldly, Sweetie at this event…fare thee well, baby wombat in the vending machine space rocket, and safe journeys to your new owners! <3

I’ll be hanging out in the Museum of Democracy’s brand new Zine Lounge from 6-9 pm on Friday March 8, as part of the Enlighten festival. There’ll be a quite a few other events at the museum, so come say hello if you’re around. I’ll be making comics on the night and probably getting stuck into some storyboards and designs for my major project – so come along if you want a sneak peek 🙂

To market, to market! I’ll be selling comics including Sweet NV 1 and 2 (!), Boldly Sweetie and some more of the classic The Thing That Should Not Be.

I’ll also be launching a brand new minicomic at the event. I haven’t decided if that particular minicomic will be a convention-only item yet, so snap one up while you can.

SYDNEY SUPANOVA SPECIAL – pre-Con Commissions!

I’m going to SUPANOVA Sydney! I’ll be trading on the Sunday 🙂

The fun and prep for Sydnova begins now, and you can get in on it! The fun side, rather than the prep side.

It’s my first time going to Supanova to try and really promote myself instead of clinging onto wonderful friends like a security blanket. (I will still be clinging on to other wonderful friends like a security blanket, but sadly we don’t have anything published together, and that makes all the difference here.) So to deal with my nerves and make lots of new friends through art, I’m offering a special pre-Con commission deal!

You can now order commissions from me, to be picked up at Sydnova on the Sunday only OR in Canberra at some time agreeable to both of us. These images will all be one-of-a-kind, at your request specials just for you and without eraser markings.

What you’ll get

  • Deal number 1: Toned black and white comic pinups (3 SLOTS ONLY)

Want a black and white commission of your very own on the cheap?

the RobogirlMASQ - illustration by SpAE

Preview panel from The Day I Destroyed The World
Preview panel from The Day I Destroyed The World

Your own full page black and white comic pinup, for $30!

I WILL add tones and patterns, so please specify if you want black and white solid work only or prepare for tones.

These pictures will be abstract/no background only. Pretty much anything you see above is fair game for your own request.

Alternatively, if you want something just a little bit more special…

  • Deal number 2: Digital paintings (2 SLOTS ONLY)

SpAE's SydNova SPECIAL - pre-Con Commissions!
SpAE’s SydNova SPECIAL – pre-Con Commissions!

Colour and Lighting: mood study

Special mates rates deal – for $50, you will get your very own digital painting of whatever you desire should we both choose to accept!

You’ll get either a character image with an abstract colour-themed background much like the character portrait above, OR you can request a simple scenery painting, like the beds.

I likely won’t do full body paintings, but anything like what’s above is fair game. Mami’s head shot (the blonde girl with the hat) is probably the best indicator of what you’ll be getting should you request a portrait.


There are some things that you may want to consider before you give me your monies and I give you some art –

  • The commissions are for personal use only. You’re welcome to include them in your own books, frame them on your wall, give it as a gift or sell it to a friend. You are not to reproduce the original piece as stand-alone merchandise (so no selling bookmarks that are just the piece)
  • won’t draw hate propaganda. I’m also not great with drawing animals, so think carefully before you ask for that.
  • I have the right to refuse any commission.

will draw nudity, sexual acts and some gore. I’ll draw portraits. I’ll draw fanart. I’ll draw anything similar to what you see above.

All images will be printed out on nice 180gsm A4 photo paper and given to you at Sydnova. If you don’t live in Sydney but you absolutely want one of these deals, have a chat to me and we might be able to work something out.

I absolutely will send you works in progress shots of the illustration, and you will have the first sneaky glance at your finished commission. I will likely publish our glorious art-child in full, but not til after Supanova.

Please pay in full by Paypal or direct deposit within 2 business days of agreement. Between everything that’s going on, I won’t be able to begin work on your illustration before I receive the payment. I’ll only be taking commissions until 16 June by which date I’ll be busy having the pre-Con stressies instead.

Now that you know what you can get, please contact me to order your special pre-Con commission before June 16!


Alternatively, I’ve just opened my new store!

I sadly do not have a way to offer a special no-shipping deal for all Sydnova-visitors, but if you would like to purchase something and pick it up at the convention, please contact me and we’ll arrange it privately! Please set the subject to SydNova Shopping to get a 20% discount off the store price off any item. This deal is not available in the store itself, and you will need to place your order to me through email You will need to come visit my table at Sydnova in order to collect your item, payment on pickup only.