Michael Hill, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Doctor Comics)
Artist and Scholar
Former creator and founding Director of the Master of Animation course at the University of Technology, Sydney, Dr. Michael Hill (a.k.a. Doctor Comics) has loved comics since his mother gave him some Disney titles by Carl Barks to read as a child. His Master’s degree in animation and PhD in comics, prompted 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 at the Art Gallery of NSW, Electrofringe, DiGiT Expo, Japan Foundation and Powerhouse Museum, published several academic articles, presented papers at numerous conferences and been interviewed many times 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 animated and experimental films and learned printmaking. His experience in Art and Design education ranges from technology and management to research. He has also worked as a consultant to 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 now retired from academia to concentrate on personal 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 alternative comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. This was followed by a further four issues from 2013 to 2016. All five issues have since been compiled into graphic novel form and published on this site. Originally intended as a sequel to Blotting Paper his current project The Cat Cooking Comics In Kappabashi will now be added to that graphic novel as the final chapter.