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 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 roughed out and the artwork under construction. Publication was planned for September 2011 but now 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. Drawing, typography and handwriting will also be incorporated as image-making techniques. The intention is to work toward producing in an artist’s book type format.

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

I am finding it a much more time consuming process to make a comic than to read and review one but I am enjoying the creative experience and I anticipate spending more and more time creating and less and less time critiquing comics art and have altered my Twitter handle from ‘critiquing and creating’ to ‘creating and critiquing’.

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

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

Red cat-possible design for one of the feline characters (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 Michael Hill)

Red cat-possible design for one of the feline characters (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 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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