BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.9

Climbing onto the launching pad with three weeks and counting to lift-off, I’m happy to say I have a launch date and venue for the publication of my artist’s book/comic/ehon Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Issue #1 The Ingurgitator. The date is 11 February 2012 at Hondarake bookstore, Level 1, 465 Kent Street SYDNEY. Around 3pm. Posters and flyers are on the way.

(Pen and ink/felt-tipped pen drawing and collage-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Above and below are two versions of a collage of four pen and ink/felt-tipped pen drawings: Sydney Harbour Bridge, rear view of walking figure, figure carrying a bag, and hand putting key in a lock-that will be included in the first issue of the book. These occur on different pages in the comic but have also been brought together in this collage when I was attempting to form a visual sign or motif as a shorthand image for promotion of the comic. A possible poster perhaps…? Sydney is the setting. There is a shopping expedition. Walking on the street takes place. And there is the act of unlocking with a key or electronic card of a container and a door. There is also linear drawing and sketching in pen and ink and felt tipped pen and there is the use of collage. Follow the vertical line of the leg of the figure carrying the bag and the position of the door handle to see the compositional differences between the two collages.

(Pen and ink/felt-tipped pen drawing and collage, variation-© 2011 Michael Hill)

Art Book Launch:  BLOTTING PAPER  by  Doctor Comics   +   exhibition of creative prints (using sosaku hanga method) by Michael Hill  a.k.a. Doctor Comics,    3-5pm Saturday 11 February at HONDARAKE  Level 1, 465 Kent Street SYDNEY http://fullofbooks.com.au  RSVP:  02 9261 5225   hondarake@gmail.com

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.

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