BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.3

Art, Blotting Paper, Comics August 9, 2011

Production of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics continues to progress although somewhat erratically due to digressions, delays and interruptions from my ongoing work commitments. My intention of having the first chapter finished by the end of the year remains though. 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 a comic in a few hours, creating a page of art can take from several hours to a few 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 printmaking as a means of image-making I am doing a lot of drawing. I love this process and the mental spaces it takes me into. I enjoy getting lost in there.

A sketch for the first chapter. Needs a little more detail, perhaps? (Pen and ink drawing-© 2011 Michael Hill)

The story is set in Sydney when my Doctor Comics alias character is older but contains flashbacks 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 it is partly autobiographical and partly fictitious, as well as being somewhat cartoony, so the character doesn’t need to look exactly like me. Below is a combined image of the Doctor Comics character and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The bridge and Doctor Comics, pen and ink drawing collage #1(© 2011 Michael Hill)

The bridge and Doctor Comics, rough trial image of pen and ink drawing collage #1(© 2011 Michael Hill)

The bridge and Doctor Comics, pen and ink drawing collage #2(© 2011 Michael Hill)

The bridge and Doctor Comics, another rough pen and ink drawing collage #2(© 2011 Michael Hill)

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   


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 2

  1. Doctor Comics says on August 10, 2011

    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:


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