BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.3

Things continue to progress with the production of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics although somewhat erratically due to digressions, delays and interruptions. However, I’m still managing to keep it moving along with the intention of having the first chapter finished by the end of the year. In my transition from comics studies to comics production the most striking discovery has been the amount of time required to create the artwork. Whereas I can sit down and write a thousand words about someone else’s comic in a few days, to create a page of art seems to take several days. From all of the comics creators that I have interviewed in Australia the common rate denominator was “a day per page”. I wish! In addition to the use of printmaking as a means of image-making I am doing quite a bit of drawing. I love this process and the mental spaces it takes me into. I find that I enjoy getting lost in those places that only seem like twenty minutes but are actually closer to two hours.

A sketch for the first chapter. (Pen and ink drawing-© 2011 Michael Hill)

The story is set in Sydney when my Doctor Comics avatar character is older than I am now but contains flashes backward to earlier times. It’s been fun trying to imagine what I shall look like then and trying to recall via photos how I appeared when I was in my twenties. In any case as it is both partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, the character doesn’t look exactly like me. It goes on.

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

2 thoughts on “BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.3

  1. Thanks Bobbie. You’re too kind. The bridge looks a bit wobbly to me but I ran out of time. The shadows on the towers were done with a Copic marker and the type I bought from the Rozelle markets. It was a shoebox full of old and worn rubber letters from some printing business. It’s done by hand, no registration, inky fingers. BTW I’m loving your blogging of paper, print and cakes adventures: http://www.ragingyoghurt.org/blog/

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