BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.42

Not quite there yet! I might need another month to finish this issue. So I’ll say again, this time with the added word “hopefully”, that this looks like being the penultimate report documenting production of the fourth issue of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 4: Beer, Chocolate and Comics before undertaking the likely final chapter, tentatively titled 2 or 3 Tickets To Tokyo Bay?

Chapter title page, handwriting on painted paper collage-© 2015 Michael Hill

Chapter title page, handwriting on painted paper collage-© 2015 Michael Hill

The cats go to Germany with Doctor Comics’s stash of comics related books, mementos and research materials. A dog is met who assists them in arranging matters. Beer is drunk, comics consumed and a plan devised.

Chapter page, collage of painted paper, woodcut print and ink drawings-© 2015 Michael Hill

Chapter page, collage of painted paper, woodcut print and ink drawings-© 2015 Michael Hill

One of the cats, Cohl, sorts through Doc’s research materials and reflects on some of his deeds including one that involved Belgian comics. Cohl also attempts to emulate Doc’s art practice, making sketches and playing with art materials, more drawing than printmaking. The other cat enjoys what Germany has to offer in the way of beer, fish and fun. Both cats and their canine companion enjoy the chocolate.

Chapter page detail, inked calligraphy brush on paper-© 2015 Michael Hill

Chapter page detail, inked calligraphy brush on paper-© 2015 Michael Hill

Chapter page detail, collage of photograph and found graphic packaging-© 2015 Michael Hill

Chapter page detail, collage of photograph and found graphic packaging-© 2015 Michael Hill

More visual developments and an update on progress will be posted on this blog in a month’s time as I bring this chapter to completion and start moving towards Japan as setting of the next chapter. In the meantime, for a continuing visual history record and time-line overview of this project that covers all four issues, you can read the BLOTTING PAPER production reports on the following posts:

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   Issue #3:  No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4:  No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.38

This is the second in a series of regular reports documenting the production of the fourth issue and chapter of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics. These reports are updated approximately on a monthly basis. The new chapter Beer, Chocolate and Comics deals with the cats recovering from the demise of their patron and their travels in Germany and the world of European comics.

Double page handprinted spread from Chapter 3–© 2014 Michael Hill.

Double page handprinted spread from Chapter 3–© 2014 Michael Hill.

Continuing the turnaround of events and forward momentum that the above image from Chapter 3 illustrates the cats begin to get on top of things, take control of their situation and consequently develop and express their characters on their travels abroad.

Beer label collage character from Blotting Paper comic-© 2014 Michael Hill

Beer label collage character from Blotting Paper comic-© 2014 Michael Hill

I have been playing around with a beer label collaging idea, mostly from Belgian and German bottles, and have come up with this character so far but I expect there will be others. With the European theme and setting I am also considering including some bilingual content, preferably English and German and possibly even doing a combined issue #4-5.

Fish woodcut from way back-© 2002 Michael Hill

Fish woodcut from way back-© 1998 Michael Hill

Fish woodcut with pyschedelic sauce from way back-© 2003 Michael Hill

Fish woodcut with pyschedelic sauce from way back-© 2000 Michael Hill

The subject of fish and the technique of woodcut printmaking also return. And there is cooking too, of both fish and comics!

The Busch approach to managing a comics collection-now available as a postcard-© 2014 Michael Hill

The Busch approach to managing a comics collection-now available as a postcard-© 2014 Michael Hill

More visual developments and an update on progress will be posted on this blog around the end of the year. For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project that covers all four issues you can read the BLOTTING PAPER production reports on the following posts:

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   Issue #3:  No.30   No.31   No.32   No.33   No.34   No.35   No.36   Issue #4:  No.37   No.38   No.39   No.40   No.41   No.42   No.43   No.44

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.28

This post covers the setting up of the exhibition Blotting Paper: Works On Paper 18-29 September at GAUGE Gallery, Sydney that included the 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.

View of the gallery from across the road. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

View of the gallery from across the road. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The set up begins-art waiting to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The set up begins with art waiting to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

More frames awaiting hanging. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

More frames to be hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Roughly positioned on the gallery floor adjacent to the intended wall position. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Roughly positioned on the gallery floor adjacent to the intended wall position. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The smaller work-freshly framed cartoons in blister wrapped stacks. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The smaller work-freshly framed cartoons in blister wrapped stacks. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoon frame corners. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoon frame corners. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons unpacked, decornered and hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Cartoons unpacked, decornered and hung. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The show takes shape. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The show takes shape. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Looking through the GAUGE Gallery window at the Blotting Paper exhibition. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Looking through the GAUGE Gallery window at the Blotting Paper exhibition after opening. (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

The next post will cover the finished look of the layout and hang of the exhibition and include photos of some of the visitors to the show. 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

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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.26

With 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 just a matter of weeks away (September is looking increasingly likely and Saturday September 21 is being scheduled subject to completion of the binding and delivery of the books). What has been fixed though is that the book will form part of an exhibition of works on paper at a new gallery in Glebe called GAUGE. Here is an image of the title page. The image has been constructed from elements of photography, printmaking, typography and collage and shows Doctor Comics returning from a shopping expedition for fish and books.  UPDATE: Exhibition dates have now been firmed to 18-29 September 2013 but still no firm launch date for the comic.

Title page of Issue #2 of Blotting Paper (Design-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Title page of Issue #2 of Blotting Paper (Design-© 2013 Michael Hill).

Press Release for Blotting paper exhibition.

Press Release for the Blotting Paper exhibition.

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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.24

Continuing the series of regular reports documenting the production process of the first and second issues of my artist book/comic Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics, Chapter 1: The Ingurgitator and Chapter 2: A Blot On His Escutcheon, this post shows more examples of the image-making aspects of the project including assemblage, drawings, design, photography and printmaking, plus a bit on project management.

Some roject management-the blog log.

Some project management-the blog log.

This Doctor Comics Blog and the series of posts on the Blotting Paper comic have provided a means of monitoring and scheduling the progress of production of the comic. The posts also required some project management in the form of a colour coded blog log.

Bloody fish (woodblock print-© 2000 Michael Hill)

Bloody fish (woodblock print-© 2000 Michael Hill)

Both fish and cats feature in the comic, the fish more realistically rendered than the cats. Above is an image from an earlier fish animation, with added blood. Below is a sketch for one of the feline characters.

Red cat (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 Michael Hill)

Red cat (pencil and ink drawing-© 2010 Michael Hill)

There is a lot less photography in Chapter 2. Nevertheless it has again been used to anchor some of the earlier scenes in a physical reality (below).

Down the garden path (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Down the garden path (Photo-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Designs for Doctor Comics (pencil and ink drawings-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Designs for Doctor Comics (pencil and ink drawings-© 2013 Michael Hill)

Some sketches (above) for consideration of Doctor Comics in older and somewhat obese form. It turns out a little more kindly in the comic.

Blotting paper comic concept (ink drawing assemblage-© 2012 Michael Hill)

Blotting paper comic concept (ink drawing assemblage-© 2012 Michael Hill)

An assemblage suggesting a visual statement: characters, location, content (above). 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

BLOTTING PAPER The Comic: Production Report No.13

Composed from elements of drawing, handwriting, collage, photography, typography and printmaking Issue #1 of my artist book/comic  Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics involved a range of graphic tools. These were displayed at the launch with a description of my work methodology.

Searching for inspiration with sketching and sake. (Photo by Michael Hill)

The first stage of the process is finding inspiration. This may involve reading and research, travel, visits to galleries to look at art and objects and make sketches. One sketch book in the photo below shows a collaged image of a fictitious Japanese monster Shitake Man. Some sake also proved useful at this preliminary stage.

Sketch book collage and sake cup. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Concepts and images come to mind in the second stage, design. Sketching determines the shapes that will be obtained through image-making techniques.

Printmaking tools: chisel, carved blocks, rubber type and sharpening stone. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Bamboo baren, seals, string, sumi ink, brushes and printed postcard. (Photo by Michael Hill)

Where printmaking is involved the third stage brings out brushes, ink and paper for the printing part of the project. A baren which is piece of dried bamboo that has been stretched over a board is used to ensure that the paper makes good contact with the inked block. The pressure applied can be varied to produce the degree of intensity of the ink. The autumn postcard print in the photo above has been constructed from 5 layers of print.

Bench hook, brushes, bamboo jar. (Photo by Michael Hill)

On completion of the work the sake may re-appear to accompany a session of reflection on the creative outcome.

For a visual diary record and time-line overview of this project, see all of the BLOTTING PAPER production reports relating to 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