Showing posts with label australian cartoonists. Show all posts
Showing posts with label australian cartoonists. Show all posts

Saturday, August 9, 2014

New Pikitia Press Website

After a few years on blogger we're moving to a new site:

Please update your bookmarks and RSS feeds.

Posts have been sporadic here lately as I've been tinkering with the new site and the distractions of publishing but I hope to have a regular flow of comic news, interviews, reviews and blather as of next week. The Summer Pikitia Press publishing schedule will go up this week as well as our SPX debut comics which are currently popping out of the printer into my hot hands as I type this.

They'll still be the occasional update here as foolishly previously scheduled posts appear throughout the rest of this year, although eventually the bulk of what I've posted on this blog will be available on the new site. 

Thanks to all the readers and supporters, I really appreciate the support and interest in this obsession that is comics.

Matt Emery - August 2014

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sunday Gem: Advice Comics




Need advice? Consult some of Melbourne's top advice columnists via the wonderful medium of comics.

Sally is due to start high school next year, her mum’s boyfriend often refers to her as an ‘old soul’ as she feels deeply and completely for all things. If asked, she identifies as a ‘professional empathe’ which her grandma feels is very mature. Her two all time favourite things are dogs and the colour blue.

Dr. Entrails, Ph.D. specializes in pediatrics, neurosurgery and trepanation. He is also the host of the children’s saturday morning television program, Dr. Entrails and Friends.
Mulbert was abandoned mere seconds after his birth. His parents had been expecting a girl, not a moose, and this would not be the last time he would disappoint a group of strangers. To quote his doctor, Mulbert’s life has been “medically regrettable”. He spent his first few years of orphanhood squatting sleeplessly inside a Time Crisis II arcade machine, his tiny hooves perpetually up in bewildered surrender. For a while he tried masquerading as a hypertrichotic Vietnam veteran named ‘Gubers’, but his pension never came through. His roommate recently got him a job at Cosmo’s Deli, which was cool of him, but still Mulbert wakes up most days acheing, sore from modest dreams, wondering how to get from point A to point B if you never learned to spell.
Mr. Ray is one of the most influential and important names in contemporary Australian poetry. His long-awaited new book Aghh, I Don’t Know If I Can Do This Again Vol. 2 is out this Christmas through Mouthwhisp & Whimperman. Ray Lives in Melbourne, Australia with his dog.
Because of what he is, Boyfriend brings a perspective external to general human experience. But don’t think he can’t empathize with you or he doesn’t care. The events of your life mean more to him than anything.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

E noho rā 2013

Big thanks to all the New Zealand & Australian cartoonists and comic makers who contributed to the 2013 in Reviews. I'm signing off for a few days and will back with some galleries and interview posts on Jan 1st 2014.

I'll be trying to get my head around a few more places next year, please consider liking/following Pikitia Press in these places:

twitter @pikitiapress

2013 in Review survey index:

Gregory Mackay
Brendan Boughen
Cory Mathis
Matthew Hoddy
Andrew Fullton
David Blumenstein
Justin Randall
David C Mahler

Ben Michael Byrne  
Brendan Halyday   
Toby Morris
Bruce Mutard  
Stuart McMillen  
Joshua Santospirito
Frank Candiloro
Richard Fairgray  
Colin Wilson  
Jason Franks  
Matt Kyme  
Anthony Woodward  
Caitlin Major  
Sarah Laing  
Sam Orchard  
Gavin Aung Than
Scarlette Baccini  
David Follett
Simon Hanselmann  
Michel Mulipola
Li Chen  
Ryan K Lindsay    
Christopher Downes  
Dean Rankine
Alisha Jade    
Theo Macdonald
Paul Mason  
James Davidson  
Tim Molloy  
Jason Chatfield

Friday, December 13, 2013

2013 in Review: Bruce Mutard

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2013?
Going on the Caravan of Comics to TCAF, CAKE and Fantagraphics. Making comics at Ragdale in Lake Forest at the same desk Audrey Niffenegger wrote The Time Traveller’s Wife. Same comic appearing as a catalogue essay at Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts exhibition Space Oddity. Adapting Microaviary by Amanda Johnson for Cordite: Pumpkin. Le Silence being published by Ca et la in August. Meeting a few comics heroes: Art Spiegelman, Chester Brown, Chris Ware and so many other great comics artists on the road both overseas and here. 

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2013?
I’ve hardly had time. Some of the things I picked up on the road: Bernie Mireault’ To Get Her (swapped with him in Montreal). Elaine Will’ Look Straight Ahead (staggering talent); Judith Vanistendael’ When David Lost His Voice; mini comics by Luke Howard, Alec Longstreth, The Whole Hole by Anya Davidson… I brought back a bloody bookcase full of stuff and still haven’t got around to reading even 1/3rd of it. Oh, yes, may as well mention it: Building Stories by Chris Ware is remarkable in concept and execution. 

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2013?  
Travelling to the USA and Canada for and about comics. But on the road I go to every big art gallery I can get to. Loved the Art Institute of Chicago - stunning modern art collection. Traipsing around Oak Park where all the Frank Lloyd Wright and then reading ‘Building Stories’ by Chris Ware, which was largely set there afterwards; bit of a trip to recognise it. Then being chased into Chicago on the El by a tornado (well, it was system than bred them). LA living up to all expectations: trashy, glitzy, tawdry, flat, bleached, but so very like TV and the movies. But all of the US is like that. Watching TV and movies about the USA is like learning about someone by going through their rubbish.

What are you looking forward to in 2014?
Ideally it should be mostly head down and bum up on making comics. I need to finish my Masters project by July and get a solid chunk of The Fight done. It probably won’t be out until 2016. I think I’ll be less peripatetic, but I always say that. Publishing Art Is A Lie by Carol Wood and Susan Butcher - you ain’t seen nothin’ like this. 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

The Shadow - Frew Comics

Covers above from the initial series of the Shadow, initially drawn by Jeff Wilkinson  with Peter Chapman concluding the run of 12 issues. Frew relaunched The Shadow in 1952 with Peter Chapman drawing 168 issues. Selection of covers from the second series featured below.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Parade Magazine

Selection of covers from Australian magazine Parade published during the 1950's. Cover artists are largely uncredited although I believe the first 5 years were illustrated by Frank Stackpool with John L Curtis his successor. Australian cartoonists/illustrators Stan Pitt, and  Virgil Reilly also contributed covers during the magazines lifetime. View previous parade magazine cover galleries here, here, here, and here.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Stanley & Reginald Pitt: Only Skin Deep

Panel detail from Boris Karloff's Tales of Mystery #33, one of the few examples of American comics work by Stanley and Reginald Pitt.