BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.16

Art, Blotting Paper, Comics August 21, 2012

Work continues on the production of the second chapter/issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. In this report we look back at two of the characters from the first chapter and ahead to some of the images in the next, made by means of printmaking and drawing. First the feline characters Cohl and Busch, the funny animal characters and the cats of Doctor Comics.

The cats in the Blotting Paper comic. (Felt pen drawing-© 2012 Michael Hill)

Cohl and Busch are named after famous cartoonists Émile Cohl and Wilhelm Busch. They live in the apartment with Doctor Comics as his companions. They l-o-v-e fish! They also know about comics, as much and possibly more about them than the doctor. In lecturing mode Doctor Comics has been known to channel Cohl who is incredibly well read but with a distinct bias toward bandes dessinées.

The subconscious landscape. (Monotype print-© 2012 Michael Hill)

I am continuing to experiment with monotype prints of a sequential nature, a hangover from my animation days in which I made heavy use of the technique to generate the large volume of artwork needed in that medium.

Dreaming time I. (Monotype print-© 2012 Michael Hill)

Dreaming time II. (Monotype print-© 2012 Michael Hill)

And I have been drawing more bones.

Bones of the hand, heel and hip. (Pen and ink drawing-© 2012 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 There is also my Cats In Comics series in which I profile cats from other people’s comics: Doraemon,   Krazy Kat,   The Rabbi’s Cat


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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