BOOKBINDING THE GRAFIK GUITAR

My hand-made artist book, The Grafik Guitar, has recently undergone a wonderful transformation by virtue of being creatively bound and covered by Imogen Yang. The result: it’s art!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, front cover-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers.  (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, endpapers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book consists of 38 prints on the theme of the deconstruction of elements of the guitar. The images were carved in lino and wood following the Japanese creative print (sosaku hanga) approach using Japanese knives, gouges and chisels and printed on Chinese 2 ply paper with Dr. Ph. Martin’s water colour ink and some sumi.

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, pages. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Imogen emboss-printed the guitar strings block onto a strip of kangaroo skin for the front cover and had me add my signature chop. Her use of 6 thick binding strings to the front and back cover boards echoes the guitar’s 6 strings and I can’t explain the stitching pattern she has employed to bind the pages together. As an iteration of the cover design she has used my separate guitar strings prints for the endpapers. Wow!

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching, bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The Grafik Guitar artist book, cover and stitching-bookbinding design by Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill).

The book is currently on display at the Art Gallery of NSW in the 16th annual exhibition of the Australian Bookbinders. The exhibition runs from 7th November to 14th December in the Research library and archive.

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.29

This post covers some glimpses of the works on display and visitors to the exhibition Blotting Paper: Works On Paper 18-29 September at GAUGE Gallery, Sydney that included the publication of the second issue of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon.

Xander Black and friend -(Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Xander Black and Alison Van Hees -(Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Note Board. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Display Board. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Mayu and Chie. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Mayu and Chie. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Some of the prints. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Some of the prints. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Sana. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Sana. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons and copies of Blotting Paper #1 and #2. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Research based cartoons and copies of Blotting Paper #1 and #2. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Composer Nicole Kim. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Composer Nicole Kim. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Postcards in sosaku hanga style. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

Printed postcards in sosaku hanga style. (Photo © 2013 Michael Hill)

With Masashi Owada. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

With Masashi Owada. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

Blotting Paper #1.  (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Blotting Paper #1 with woodblock. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Louise Graber and Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Louise Graber and Imogen Yang. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Blotting Paper #2 with woodblock.  (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Blotting Paper #2 with woodblock. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Alexis and Craig Simmons aka Space March. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Alex Harris and Craig (Space March) Simmons. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons and toys.  (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons and toys. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Katie Pye as Adelaide Whye. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Katie Pye as Adelaide Whye and those boots…! (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

POP-UP TOY & COMIC  sale sign outside gallery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

POP-UP TOY & COMIC
sale sign outside gallery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Chasing Vaughan Bodē comics-Michael Hill with Nic Beatson and Bodē tattoo. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

Chasing Vaughan Bodē comics-Michael Hill with Nic Beatson and Bodē tattoo. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

The Bodē tattoo. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

The Bodē tattoo. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

With Sam Saidden. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

With Sam Saidden. (Photo-© 2013 Louise Graber)

Liz Pozega and friend. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Liz Pozega and friend. (Photo-© 2013 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

Issue #2:  No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29

Issue #3:  No.30   No.31

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.28

This post covers the setting up of the exhibition Blotting Paper: Works On Paper 18-29 September at GAUGE Gallery, Sydney that included the publication of the second issue of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon.

View of the gallery from across the road. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

View of the gallery from across the road. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The set up begins-art waiting to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The set up begins with art waiting to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

More frames awaiting hanging. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

More frames to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Roughly positioned on the gallery floor adjacent to the intended wall position. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Roughly positioned on the gallery floor adjacent to the intended wall position. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The smaller work-freshly framed cartoons in blister wrapped stacks. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The smaller work-freshly framed cartoons in blister wrapped stacks. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoon frame corners. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoon frame corners. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons unpacked, decornered and hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons unpacked, decornered and hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The show takes shape. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The show takes shape. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Looking through the GAUGE Gallery window at the Blotting Paper exhibition. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Looking through the GAUGE Gallery window at the Blotting Paper exhibition after opening. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The next post will cover the finished look of the layout and hang of the exhibition and include photos of some of the visitors to the show. 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

Issue #2:  No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29   

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.27

Publication of the second issue of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon has occurred. As with the first issue the publication was planned to be accompanied by an exhibition of associated art work. This time around the exhibition, at  GAUGE Gallery, subsumed the publication as the former was larger in scope and located in a gallery, as opposed to a bookshop, and the latter didn’t actually arrive until the fourth day of the event. Preparations for the launch of the artist book/comic had to be postponed due to the uncertain completion date and arrival of stock in the gallery. The exhibition scheduling had been established, set, contracted and agreed upon with the reasonable expectation of completion of the comic prior to opening of the show. That didn’t happen. When the book eventually arrived at the gallery it went immediately on sale but has yet to be “launched”.

Pages being readied for stitching. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Pages being readied for stitching. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The wonderfully romantic old school bindery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The wonderfully romantic old school bindery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

50 copies weighted and settling. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

50 copies weighted and settling. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Clever alignment of the front and back endpapers so that two different fish become one. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Clever alignment of the front and back endpapers so that two different fish become one. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The printed labels drying and awaiting attachment to the covers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The printed labels drying and awaiting attachment to the covers. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The completed artist book/comic on display in the gallery. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The completed artist book/comic on display in the gallery. (Photo-© 2013 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

Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.26

With publication of the second issue of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon just a matter of weeks away (September is looking increasingly likely and Saturday September 21 is being scheduled subject to completion of the binding and delivery of the books). What has been fixed though is that the book will form part of an exhibition of works on paper at a new gallery in Glebe called GAUGE. Here is an image of the title page. The image has been constructed from elements of photography, printmaking, typography and collage and shows Doctor Comics returning from a shopping expedition for fish and books.  UPDATE: Exhibition dates have now been firmed to 18-29 September 2013 but still no firm launch date for the comic.

Title page of Issue #2 of Blotting Paper (Design-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Title page of Issue #2 of Blotting Paper (Design-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Press Release for Blotting paper exhibition.

Press Release for the Blotting Paper exhibition.

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

Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.25

With publication of the second issue imminent this post continues the series of regular reports documenting the production process and creative development of the first and second issues of my artist’s book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon. It shows photographs of details of the studio workspace, my own arrangement this time and a change from the one used in the production of the first issue.

The brush collection (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The brush collection (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

A collection of brushes for inking, painting and gluing the artwork.

Paper supplies (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Paper supplies (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Scaffold shelves holding paper and cardboard supplies for use in the drawing, printing and binding of the book.

Working with rubber type (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Working with rubber type (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Table top work area with type and number stamps and colour coded outline of script.

Keeping track of time (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Keeping track of time (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Production schedule wall chart calendars to help keep track of time and target desired deadlines.

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

Issue #2:   No.14   No.15   No.16   No.17   No.18   No.19   No.20   No.21   No.22   No.23   No.24   No.25   No.26   No.27   No.28   No.29

Archive of Australian Alternative Comics: COMIC-FEST

Prior to the emergence of one of the larger comics and entertainment media conventions in Australia Supanova Pop Culture Expo the same management team, led by Daniel Zachariou, staged an event called Comic-Fest. This had a largely comics oriented focus compared with the subsequent broader span of Supanova in which comics represents just one of several entertainment media that included films, Television series, toys, trading cards, computer games and the internet. There were two stagings in 2001, at Fox Studios in February then followed in September by Comi-Fest 2 at the Sydney Centrepont Convention Centre.

Trevor Bovis in space, the Greener Pastures program cover.

Trevor Bovis in space, the Greener Pastures program cover, design by Tim McEwen.

Saturday seminar details with my involvement  in the superheroes panel.

Saturday seminar details with my involvement in the superheroes panel.

The Comic-Fest panel line-up, L to R, Dillon Naylor, Daniel Gloag, Amber Carvan and Ben Hutchings.

The Comic-Fest panel line-up, L to R, Dillon Naylor, Daniel Gloag, Amber Carvan and Ben Hutchings.

For the September event with approval from the event director Daniel Zachariou I put together a panel discussion on Australian alternative comics by local creators Dillon Naylor, Daniel Gloag, Amber Carvan and Ben Hutchings who each talked about their own comics and answered questions I fired at them from the floor. A general discussion of the Australian comics scene followed.

Another shot of the panel, L to R, Gloag, Carvan and Hutchings.

Another shot of the panel, L to R, Gloag, Carvan and Hutchings.

Aside from the panel discussion the big attraction for the local small press was the opportunity afforded them to set up shop and trade their work on the commercial floor along with the imported comics. There was also the opportunity to meet fellow local creators and exchange comics, contact details and curry recipes.

On the trading floor, Louise Graber and Alex Major.

On the trading floor, Louise Graber and Alex Major.

Also trading, Komala Singh.

Also trading, Komala Singh.

Also trading, Daniel McKeown with Alex Major.

Also trading, Daniel McKeown with Alex Major.

Along with the commercial trading there was the social attraction of meeting and chatting with fellow comics creators.

Lewis Morley and Louise Graber.

Lewis Morley and Louise Graber.

Two funny blokes and cartoonists, Ross Tesoriero and Ben Hutchings.

Two funny blokes and even funnier cartoonists, Ross Tesoriero and Ben Hutchings.

Ross Tesoriero and Louise Graber.

Ross Tesoriero and Louise Graber.

This is the fourteenth in a series of posts called Archives of Australian Comics History that document moments in the recent history of Australian comics, particularly alternative comics and the Australian Small Press. I started researching this subject in the late 1990s and it eventually led to my PhD thesis: Ph.D. Macquarie University, Division of Society, Culture, Media and Philosophy,  A Study Of Contemporary Australian Alternative Comics 1992-2000 With Particular Reference To The Work Of Naylor, Smith, Danko And Ord, 2003. On completion of the research I donated the materials and comics I had collected to the National Library of Australia: Michael Hill Collection of Australian Comics.

Posts in Archives of Australian Comics History:   Comic-Fest   Comics in Record Shops   Comics Workshops   Down Under Ground   Getting SMASH(ed)!   Imaginary Worlds Symposium  International Exhibition of Drawings   OZCON   Mind Rot   Savage Pencils   Sick Puppy Comix   TiNA Arena   MCA Zine Fair   2002 Sequential Art Studies Conference   2nd Sequential Art Studies Conference