Michael Hill, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Doctor Comics)
Artist and Scholar
Former co-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 bought him some Disney Donald Duck titles by Carl Barks to read when ill as a child. Later, as an academic, his Master’s degree in animation and PhD in comics studies, 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, has published several research articles, presented papers at local and international 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 where he made animated and experimental films and videos and learned traditional printmaking techniques. His experience in Art and Design education ranges from technology and management to research. He has also worked as a consultant to educational and cultural 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 his own 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 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 been compiled into graphic novel form and published on this site. His recently completed project The Cat Cooking Comics In Kappabashi will be added to the Blotting Paper graphic novel as the final chapter.