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Michael Hill, PhD (a.k.a. Doctor Comics). (Photo by Sarah Borsellino)

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.

For his academic profile see the CRITIQUING page and for his creative profile see the CREATING page.

8 thoughts on “About

    • Hullo Bruce,
      and my apologies for the late reply to your comment. I haven’t been so active around here for awhile. I remember meeting Dean, possibly at that Sydney exhibition you mentioned, but never got round to interviewing him for my research. He is listed in my thesis, however, as one of the 150 or so identified Australian alternative comics creators, circa 2002, and I vaguely recall arranging to send some of his artwork back to his family, via Anna Brown, after his passing. Good to see you keeping his flag flying.
      Michael

  1. In search of Spiro’s Xenos

    I’m writing a biography of Carole Rheinstrom (1904-1983). Rheinstrom represented DC Comics from about 1950 to 1983 in selling the company’s products around the world.

    I believe that Xenos has some information about Rheinstrom and I would like to communicate with him.
    Would you kindly help me to do that?

    I would, of course, welcome any information that others have too regarding Rheinstrom.

    Howard Blue, memrevs at sign Gmail dot com
    Forest Hills, NY

    • Hullo Howard,
      and my apologies for the late reply to your comment. I haven’t been so active around here for quite awhile.I have also lost contact with Spiros Xenos. I used to meet him once in a while when he visited Sydney, from Melbourne, but we have not met up for years. I shall hunt around and see if I can locate him. I have no information on Carole Rheinstrom, sorry.

      Kind regards,
      Michael

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