Michael Hill, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Doctor Comics)
Artist and Scholar
Creator and founding Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Michael Hill (a.k.a. Doctor Comics) has loved comics since his mother gave him Disney titles to read as a child. He 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 advisory boards of the International Journal of Comic Art, The Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship, and the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project he has lectured on Anime and Manga at the Art Gallery of NSW, Electrofringe, DiGiT Expo, Japan Foundation and Powerhouse Museum, published many academic articles, presented papers at numerous conferences and been interviewed often by the media. At UTS he held course directorial positions in Animation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Postgraduate Design and Visual Communication. Previously, he was Lecturer in Film and Video at Sydney College of the Arts and made experimental films. His experience in Art and Design education ranged from technology and management to research. He has worked as a consultant to several educational institutions including the NSW HSC curriculum study of Anime in Japanese Language and Culture. Having donated his collection of research materials, the Michael Hill Collection of Australian Comics, to the National Library of Australia he has retired from academia to concentrate on creative art projects. He has exhibited at Silicon Pulp Animation Gallery, DAB LAB Research Gallery, Bunker Cartoon Gallery, GAUGE Gallery and the Bald Archy Prize touring exhibitions, and is listed in the Japan Art Directory in Australia. In 2012 he self-published the first issue of his artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics followed by a further four issues, the final in 2016. A digital first edition compiling all five issues into graphic novel form is currently being developed.