BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.6

Art, Blotting Paper, Comics November 2, 2011

There are both books and fish in this comic. The principal character Doctor Comics reads a lot of books and frequently eats fish. The first chapter contains a lot of books including graphic novels and at least one fish. Glee, or Glebe, is a very bookish suburb and is located just across the road from Sydney University and near two others, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Technology. It is tertiary education territory and so the area has several bookshops, cafes and restaurants. It is also within walking distance of the Sydney Fish Market. The Bookseller of Glee (below) is a portrait of the proprietor of one such bookshop, Gleebooks (that Doctor Comics occasionally writes reviews of graphic novels for) and friend. Although he stocks graphic novels he refuses to sell coffee and cakes.

The Boookseller of Glee. (Pen and ink, drawing and collage-© 2009 Michael Hill)

This is the original colour art work. A Black & White print of it will appear in the comic (as shown below).

The Boookseller of Glee. (B&W print of pen and ink, drawing and collage-© 2009 Michael Hill)

The prinicipal character in the comic is an aficionado of fish and cakes as well as comics. We get to the cakes and coffee shops later but as regards his interest in fish his cats don’t mind this aspect of his behaviour at all. In the first chapter there are no cakes or coffee and only one fish, possibly one of the two fish shown below, but it’s a large one. And a bottle of wine. And the introduction of the two cats, too.

Two of the fish featured in the story. (Digital scan of woodblock prints-© 1998 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.

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