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January 10, 2014 01:15 AM PST
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TheComicSpot – Final 2013 podcast

Well happy New Year and I hope you’ve been free of technical difficulties over the holiday period. Because now that I am I can present the final podcast of 2013!

In this episode Gary and I talk about a few comics we’ve read and about some interesting things coming up in 2014.

Life Zone by Simon Hanselmann from Space Face Books. The continuing adventures of Megg, Mogg, Owl, Werewolf Jones and the gang are featured in this strong work from the breakout Australian cartoonist of 2013.

NY (New York) by Mandy Ord from Finlay Lloyd as well as stable mate Natalia Zajaz’s Nothing Ventured. NY is another strong autobio story from Ord where the one eyed girl with the big heart confronts the anxieties of presenting her work and hitting the streets of the big apple. Zajaz’s slices of Life aren’t as assured in the art department but nonetheless have a strong voice and keen observations.

We also have a quick run around a couple of minicomics of the month club comics, Happy Together Forever by Katie Parrish and Wake Up by Sarah Catherine Firth.

We chat about a few odds and ends that come into our minds and thanks all the publishers of Australian comics for putting their nose to the grindstone over the last 12 months and providing us readers with a great year to look back on.

Don’t forget to add any Australian comics released in 2013 to the Ledger Awards longlist.





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December 23, 2013 06:09 AM PST
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For the penultimate podcast of 2013 Gary and I sat down to chat about an Australian comics award revival, some new comics, a bit of news and stuff whilst powered by Willie Smith’s Organic Cider purchased from The Apple Shed in the Huon Valley.

We began with the news that Ledger Awards are back and you can submit a comic to the long list for consideration.

Then we were on to the reviews.

First up was a new comic by local artist Tricky Walsh - Hoppers 1; The Manias Is the second comic in the Down There comic line from Sankessto Publications.

Then we went on a trip to Deep Park by David C Mahler published by Pikitia Press with just a quick diversion to Coracle 2 from Mahler before we had to move along.

We eventually ended up in the vast pages of the Wagnerian opera The Flying Dutchman as adapted by Kiwi Mat Tait with support from the Goethe Institut.

We brought it home with some news and stuff including the list of Australian women cartoonists, A Life in Comics by Phillip Bentley and a Velocity sampler.

There were plenty of clinks on the way and before we knew it we’d been ‘penultimated’.

See you for the last podcast of 2013 soon.

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November 30, 2013 12:58 AM PST
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This month Gary and I sat down with some nice warming Three Capes Whiskey and talked tales of reading digital comics.

We kick off with the boisterous stylings of the HBVB Anthology #0 – by many and various. Though i had some issues with the distribution of the zero issues the mix of creators is impressive and the work promised intriguing.

Itty Bitty Bunnies in Rainbow Pixie Candy Land #1, #2 - Dean Rankine. An uproariously funny jaunt by one of Australia’s Finest cartoonists whose gross out adult humour really hits it’s stride in this work.

Then onto Freestyle #1 – Mark Pursell, a local Hobartian comicker releasing his comic through the comixology submit process for self publishers. Freestyle collects some earlier print work that shows an artist improving with the journey.

Toormina Video – Pat Grant. Pat delivers a touching tribute to his father and to childhood memories in the form of a keenly observed remembrance of the quiet moments of childhood that linger and gain meaning over the years. He also performed the piece for the Graphic festivals collaboration with the Radio With Pictures project.

We also talk about a few Kickstarter projects looking for funding with one that has far exceeded it’s goal.



October 27, 2013 10:46 PM PDT
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TheComicSpot – More October 2013 reviews podcast.

Gary and I sat down for a second time still drinking Angry Man Pale Ale to discuss and review more recently released and available Australian comics. A diverse range of comics are covered and I get into a mini rant about the cost of comics revealing my tightarse credentials to the world!

In this episode we speak about…

NEOMAD  #1+2 by Sutu and the LOVE PUNKS - Gestalt Comics.

Moa #2-3 by Shane Davidson – Pikitia Press.

From Above #1 – Self Published by Craig Bruyn

Elf-Fin: Hyfus and Tilaweed #1 by Julie Ditrich and Josef Szekeres - Black Mermaid Publications.

Mentioned in passing: the Brush With Darkness and Da an’ Dill collections by Dillan Naylor from Milk Shadow Books, a second volume of Ubby’s Underdogs by Brenton McKenna from Magabala books and the Emerging Writers Festival Hobart Roadshow events happening in Hobart at the Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA).


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October 17, 2013 06:17 PM PDT
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We're back with more reviews whilst drinking beer! For this podcast the unofficial sponsor was Angry Man Pale Ale from Murray's in SA. A good drop that provided clinks of approval for the comics reviewed.

In this podcast Gary and John have a gander, gossip, gush and guffaw over...

Grubby Little Smudges of Filth by Daniel Reed - SLG. A world of detailed art and character that pits the soul of the artist against the corruption and greed of those who want to consume his talents.

Yeah Nah Issue 1 by Dick Carroll - self published. 24 pages of diary comics and humorous snapshots of the single life in Sydney drawn with confidence and flowing line.

Once by Tim Danko - DeadXeroxPress. Originally in French and in B+W but now in English and in glorious colour Once is a lucsious and poetic sensorial art comic with interweaving narratives. Journey with the characters in and out the minds of others.

Love Stories by Mat Tait - Pikitia Press. A one man antholgy featuring kiwi tales of creation, creepiness and humour. Mat Tait's inky black line bounce off the page with confidence. 

Minicomic of the Month comics by Neil Sanders and Mel Stringer - Smaller Comics. The first two minicomics of the month feature a creepy jaunt on skin sharing creatures and a travel & sketch diary of times in Japan.

You can also check out The Vagabond at IndieGoGO to see if you want to support the project.

Lots of good comic talk for this first October edition of the podcast. There will be a second October 2013 podcast in a week or two.

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September 19, 2013 08:43 PM PDT
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Gary and i sat down with a couple of local beers and talked comics.

 In this episode we talk about: 

Issues 1-3 of Paul Mason's 'The Soldier Legacy' - a two fisted tale of an Australian WW2 soldier in Papua New Guinea and his grandson in Brisbane who both don masks to deliver justice as they see fit.

Issue 2 of 'Clubhouse Comics' from Monster Comics. - a children's comic anthology featuring a dozen or so Australian creators flexing their wares to give kids a great read.

Frank Candiloro's 'Beyond the Moon' - an ode to silent films and early cinema sees Frank flexing his colour palette.

Kiwi Toby Morris' book from Beatnik press 'Don't Puke On You Dad' - shows the day to day grind and greatness of being a first time father from one of New Zealand smoothest comics talents.


We also touch on a couple of crowdfunding comics efforts - Balaclava Junction and Yeah Nah. We get a Gary Chaloner update on all the works flying from the drawing board - including Unmasked 3 - and we give props to Simon Hanselmann and to Sarah Howell for their recent comicy good news.

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September 11, 2013 10:41 PM PDT
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This edition of TheComicSpot sees John and Gary chatting about what's been going on and looking at some great new comics.

Blood and Thunder 2 : an anthology of art comix that delivers some truly memorable works.

Mr Unpronounceable Adventures from Tim Molloy that will twist your brain in all sorts of directions, all good.

Strange Behaviour from Marijka Gooding will have you following the adventures of a miniature Marijka as she navigates the oddities of reality.

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June 30, 2013 05:43 PM PDT
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Gary chats to Aussie superhero creator and publisher Tad Pietrzykowski. How do you go about making superhero comics in Australia and whereto from here? We also look at some Aussie comic projects looking for funding in the crowdfunding arena. What projects are close to funded and on the horizon for purchase?

May 12, 2013 06:16 PM PDT
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Gary and I decided it was time to dig into a whole range of comics we’ve been meaning to discuss on air. So over the course of the hour we covered quite a few comics. You can find all the details and links to the comics at

The comics were Victoria Drug Scene by Various, Dailies 3 by Various, St Owl's Bay and Arrete, cest ic l'empire de la Mort by Simon Hanselmann, Coracle by Dave C Mahler, Mr Ray's Grave Thoughts by Marc Pearson, Zooniverse minis by Fil Barlow, Confessions of a Rookie Film Maker 1-3 by Q-Ray, The Trials of Francis Bear by Gregory MacKay, It Shines and Shakes and Laughs by Tim Molloy, Ejecta by Ben Sea.

Gary also talked about the site he oversees and what he hopes to achieve with it.

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April 13, 2013 07:31 PM PDT
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John and Gary speak to Joshua Santospirito about 'The Long Weekend in Alice Springs'. This audacious comic is adapted from an essay delving into the complexities of culture, cultural clashes and the intersection of self and psychology in outback Australia. What inspired Josh to tackle these issues and where do we go from here? Listen in. A great discussion on a very interesting comic. Then Gary and John plug a few crowdfunding comics ventures that need your help to succeed. Enjoy. - to buy the book and other comics - to follow Josh's other works

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