BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.1

This is the first in what I intend will be a regular series of reports documenting the production progress of my first solo comic/artist’s book Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. Partly autobiographical and partly fictive it draws on selected animation and comics related incidents and reflections from my academic career including attempts to carry the comics flag within art and design education in both teaching and research. It also contains anecdotes relating to my Doctor Comics’s alias’s adventures and to my own longstanding interest in the study of comics. Following several false starts over the past year the first chapter has been written, the design finalised and the artwork under constructed. Publication was planned for September 2011 but is looking likely to be a little later. Printmaking is involved with woodblock, linocut, Japanese sosaku hanga technique and use of rubber stamps, wooden chops and seals and the intention is to work in the general direction of producing in an artist’s book format.

Typographic design of title of comic-© 2011 Michael Hill. (Photo by Michael Hill)

I am finding it a more time consuming process to create a comic than it is to read and review one. It is, however, a creative experience that I am enjoying and one that offers the opportunity for a degree of subjectivity that the disciplines of research and analysis do not. Consequently I anticipate spending more and more time creating and less and less time critiquing comics art and have altered my Twitter tag from ‘critiquing and creating’ to ‘creating and critiquing’ accordingly.

Some of the stamps, chops and seals. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Some of the stamps, chops and seals. (Photo by Michael Hill)

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports:

Issue #1:  No.1   No.2   No.3   No.4   No.5   No.6   No.7   No.8   No.9   No.10   No.11   No.12   No.13   

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About Doctor Comics

Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Comic Art, the Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project, he has delivered public lectures on Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Design and Visual Communication. Having donated his collection of research materials on Australian alternative comics to the National Library of Australia he is now active in the artistic domain and is creating his own comic Blotting Paper.

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