BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.1

Art, Blotting Paper, Comics, Japanning June 12, 2011

This is the first in what I intend will be a regular series of reports documenting the production progress of my debut solo comic/artist 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 comics studies. Following several false starts the first chapter has been written, the design roughed out and the artwork under construction. Printmaking is employed including wood and linocut, Japanese sosaku hangarubber stamps and seals. Drawing, typography and handwriting will also be incorporated as image-making techniques. The intention is to make a comic in an artist’s book type of format.

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

Although I am finding it a more time consuming process to make a comic than to read and review one I am enjoying the creative experience and I anticipate spending more time making and less time critiquing so I have switched my Twitter profile 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)

Along with Doctor Comics there are a couple of cat characters in the story to keep him company and create something of a contrast with him. These are being designed.

UPDATE: For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, read 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


Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Dr. Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics studies, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Comic Art, and former member of 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 Comics, Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, Animation, 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, writing, drawing and printmaking, creating art postcards and prints and his own graphic novel Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions of Doctor Comics.

Comments 6

  1. Grow light says on September 23, 2014

    Sweet blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
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    • Doctor Comics says on September 23, 2014

      Thank you. No real strategy except for using WordPress and Publicize. Just lucky I guess. But there are a few tips available on the web.

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