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Australian Comic Arts Festival 2016 & 2018

Ep. 30 ~ Heart of Millyera Webcomic Interview w/Jana Hoffmann & Jess Cate

If you are about supporting lovely ladies, Aussie comics, AND kickstarter campaigns (which I KNOW you are!) then do we have a pod for you!! Had a fun chat to Aussie web-comic illustrator, Jana Hoffmann, & writer, Jess Cate about creating and playing in their very own comic book universe ‘Heart of Millyera’!! We spoke about their involvement in the Adelaide Ladies Comic Book Club, an upcoming Steampunk convention, as well as their fully funded kickstarter for mini comic ‘The Many Adventures of Ida Blaker’…

READ β€˜HEART OF MILLYERA’ ONLINE NOW: http://www.heartofmillyera.com/

SUPPORT THE KICKSTARTER!! ~ https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1083161341/the-many-adventures-of-ida-blaker-mini-comic?ref=5kglbh

 

Jana & Jess at Free Comic Book Day 2017

*** Heart of Millyera is the first webcomic by Jess Cate and Jana Hoffmann. The story began in 2014, when Jana and Jess were discussing their mutual love for mystical sea-beasties. Millyera was born out of a fascination with the mysterious universe that dwells in the deepest oceans. The world of The Colonies sprung up out of our desire to create a comic with a setting that is both steam-punk, and yet proudly Australian. Milly and her friends are a team of adventurous, misfit geniuses, who we hope will win your hearts.

Heart of Millyera is an epic undertaking, which will carry you out of the depths of the ocean, across deserts, through the dusty streets of bustling towns, across the seas on trade ships, and out into the recesses of space. I am not sure that we can squeeze any more adventure in, but we will sure as hell try! Check out page 1 below, and make sure to head over to the website for more Heart of Millyera***

*many apologies for the technical difficulties (which you will hear a ding ding noise where it has been cut together and the robot voices taken out!) still learning about the audio over here!! Many thanks to the ladies for sticking with me while I figured it all out!! ~ABx

Ep. 20 ~ Gary Chaloner Interview ~ ACAF 2018

Happy Easter AND Happy Birthday to Aussie comic book legend, Gary Chaloner!!

Paul and I sat down with Gary at ACAF to have a chat about his life in art/comics, going way back to his early art school years, newspaper strip ‘Jeff Little the Smiling Policeman’, his run with imprint Cyclone Comics, learning on the go with the development of the direct comic book market in Australia, Jackaroo, working for publishers in the US, work with Ashley Wood (Judge Dredd, Medieval Spawn, Zombies vs Robots), Darkhorse Downunder – Aussie anthology, work/life/family balance, web comics, and his work with Will Eisner.

There is some wonderful wisdom in this one for anyone working in the comic book industry, especially in Australia, including creating networks to get work, rolling on from project to project, practice makes perfect, talent will only get you so far, and as you already know, you need determination, drive, and a partner who is willing to help make those tough life decisions.

Thanks again, Gary!
Hope you are having a great birthday, look forward to talking to you again soon!

~Featured Image L-R: Glenn Ford (Frew Publications), Gary Chaloner, & Dr Paul Mason
~This podcast is the last of the ACAF series! Head over to the Facebook group to join in what topics we should cover next: https://www.facebook.com/groups/501943196826833/

Ep. 18 ~ Clarence Ryan Interview ~ ACAF 2018

Chat with Aussie actor, Clarence Ryan (Cleverman’s ‘Jarli’). More info to be added soon.

Ep. 15 ~ Pitching Comics for Film Panel w/Movie Producer, Robbie Miles ~ ACAF 2018

Australian Comic Arts Festival ~ Q&A Panel discussing the film and comic book industries, genre, tropes, how to get projects considered for film/submission, materials, who to talk to, budgets, a few of the stories he has/is making for film, project/story management/development, tag lines & pitching, finding the right people for the right projects & relationship building, book adaptation examples, character development, stereotypical examples of what to stay away from, literary agents, screenwriting, and much, much more. Quality, informative, and inspiring information for anyone looking to get started!!

With artist – Nicola Scott, and writer – Andrew Constant, also providing insight!

If you have a follow up question, please contact Robbie via LinkedIn: https://au.linkedin.com/in/robbie-miles-45ab7249

 

Ep. 13 ~ Kid Phantom Panel ~ ACAF 2018

Australian Comic Arts Festival (ACAF) Kid Phantom Q&A panel that turned into a casual chat/podcast on Sunday 11 Feb 2018…

Who was there:  Dr. Paul Mason (Artist), Andrew Constant (Writer – not murdered!), Glenn Ford (Frew Publishing), Robbie Miles (Producer/Fan), Antonio DiDio (Fan/Emotional Support Officer), Trevor Clark (Fan), Luke Geaghan (Fan) & Amanda Bacchi (Moderator)… and several other unheard audience members!!!

What we discussed:
– The ‘Comics for Kids’ panel earlier in the day
– The success that has been the first 3 Kid Phantom issues
– Background into the writing and art of the book
– How the stories have been set up and how/why
– Influences
– Costume drawing
– A little history of kids comics (internationally speaking), engaging with a young audience
– Popularity and differences in the different models of distribution: subscription, newsagent & comic book shop
– What the fans are looking forward to!!

http://kidphantom.com.au/

Ep. 12 ~ Zombie Survival Chats ~ ACAF 2018

As we sat in the drawing room at the Australian Comic Arts Festival, the topic soon turned to zombies and survival (AKA why the kids in The Walking Dead are doing it all wrong). Politics were discussed, as were tanks, our own strategies, and a few of the different comic book/tv takes on the issue. Christian Read will probably be ok in his mountain lair, Paul and I are joining the boys from his Thai kickboxing gym who catch fish in the Brisbane River from bows and arrows they make themselves, and joining us at the end there was Trevor Clark… not sure where you are from sir, but god speed!
*The name of the BBC zombie show we couldn’t remember was ‘In The Flesh’ πŸ˜‰ Continue reading “Ep. 12 ~ Zombie Survival Chats ~ ACAF 2018”

http://australiancomicsjournal.com/wp/saturday-evening-post-17-02-18/

Ep. 9 ~ Debrief w/Nicola Scott & Gary Chaloner ~ ACAF 2018

Australian Comic Arts Festival debrief with Nicola Scott & Gary Chaloner, recorded while waiting for the National Gallery to open on Monday morning!

Discussion about the best features of the festival, the relaxed and engaging nature of the content/panels, and the future of the Australian comic book industry. Building community, bringing together the leaders of our industry, celebrating skills and collaboration.

 

 

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