BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.27

Publication of the second issue of my artist 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

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About Doctor Comics

Creator and former Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Michael Hill has a Master's degree in animation and a PhD in comics, prompting his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”. A member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Comic Art, 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 Anime and Manga and held academic directorships in Interdisciplinary Studies, 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 and creating his own comic Blotting Paper.

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