Queensland Fire & Emergency Services – HAZMAT Visit

Brisbane Northern SES group visit to the QLD State HAZMAT unit to learn about their functions. Station Officers took us through the site, educating our members on their role in supporting firefighters with specialty equipment when chemical, radiation, or biological issues arise. Their unit tests and reconditions all of the hazmat suits, breathing apparatus, and scientific firefighting equipment for the whole state.

Operationally speaking, the QLD HAZMAT unit deployed to Townsville to help with the cleanup in the floods at the end of last year, was a part of the teams activated during the G20, and can also be found at any incidence of house fire or gas leak in Brisbane.

Their team of expert scientists, who are also firefighters, liaise with state, federal, and international agencies to ensure that Queensland is up to date with all of their policies and procedures, keeping us as safe as possible! We all learned a lot and we’re grateful to extend or knowledge of the QFES family!

Suit testing.
Roll out! Off to a job (possible trapped in vehicle) on Gateway Motorway!

Ep. 29 ~ Cobra Kai Review

After having a general ‘non-spoilery’ chat about it on ep. 28 of the Most Popular Podcast, we decided to further discuss the storyline, characters, actors, and nostalgia of the ‘Karate Kid’ continuation series that is ‘Cobra Kai’ on Youtube Red!

Link to FREE first episode: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe9DTWmhhxeKyYHL4mldGcA

Cobra Kai Series Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CobraKaiNeverDies/

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VIDEO: Most POPular – Concept Unboxed

A fun discussion about pop culture with a unique Australian perspective. Intro/Test Video. Unboxing new gear. Discussing concept. Pimping Brisbane Comic Book Meetup – Fri 19 Jan, 5pm @ Brisbane Square Library. Annoying the Rosie birb. End credit stolen from previous vid by Kris R Anderson!

I’m not going to lie, rejection sucks. And to be beaten out on a job that I knew I would be perfect for makes it even worse. But then to find out that I was beaten out by someone that was already known to the hiring team weeks before the audition process even began… well, I did wonder why there was no evidence of an audition tape of hers online. Turns out she has already been tapped. 

It is really sad that we now live in a world that is judged by how many ‘likes’ or ‘followers’ someone has, especially when those can be bought, with the real evidence of ‘popularity’ evident in engagement (which is rarely understood, let alone acknowledged). It is sad that it still comes down to ‘who you know’ and not your skills, experiences, knowledge, contacts, or qualifications. 

Aussie Comic Book Secrets Revealed at ACAF

There seems to have been some trepidation from some comic fans in taking a chance on a ‘first-time’ event, fears which have proven to be completely unfounded. While the numbers were slightly lower than expected, what the attendees lacked in volume, they make up for in enthusiasm and passion. They had a willingness to utilise the festival’s unique opportunities to absorb as much of the knowledge that decades of good, bad and ugly experience had bestowed upon the plethora of artists and writers in residence. While I did not make it to a lot of panels (as I was hosting in other areas), the snippets of the few I was able to sit in on were well researched and informative, with feedback from participants being highly positive.  Continue reading “Aussie Comic Book Secrets Revealed at ACAF”

Mark Sexton: Panel 1 of 2 – Origins

From Mad Max to Star Wars, the extensive storyboarding career of Mark Sexton is a delicious wonder, considering his formative years without tv or cinema, growing up on  the isolated Norfolk Island. While most kids grew up going to comic shops and enjoying the popularity of superheroes, Mark’s introduction came through Asterix comics shipped in by his Dad, obscure kids book ‘Ant and Bee’ by Angela Banner, and Pink Floyd’s ‘Muddle’ from his mum. It was these items that helped form the character ‘Bug’, and cemented his career in the comic arts – if you were ever looking for his horcruxes…. I caught his ‘Art of Mark Sexton’ panel at the Australian Comic Arts Festival in Canberra and tried to transcribe some of his extraordinary career.. Continue reading “Mark Sexton: Panel 1 of 2 – Origins”

Program – Canberra, 20th-21st Feb 2016

Learning, Earning and Life as a Comic Artist

Day One features a mix of master classes, workshops, and panel sessions focusing on the professional development of Australian Comic Creators, from both a skilling-up perspective as well as developing and deepening the understanding of avenues for publishing, printing, marketing, selling and distributing their work. For aspiring artists, writers and fans there are also sessions on story telling, developing comic creation skills and breaking into the industry. There will be networking opportunities, portfolio evaluations, and exploring best practice in collaborative studio arrangements.  Finishing off the day will be drinks and celebrations including the launch of at least two books by talented Australian Artists: Continue reading “Program – Canberra, 20th-21st Feb 2016”

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