creators past & future

Eli Abidin

I love the art of storytelling. Comic books have always stimulated my imagination through the use of pictures and words, and when I turned 30 I decided I was going to make one myself. All I needed was an artist, because even my stick figures lacked uniformity. I met an artist, Benjamin Davies , while I was working at the Aldi Distribution Centre. Benjamin was a tattoo artist at the time and during the 28 hours I spent under the tattoo needle we hatched a plan for our story: Son of Man.

Facebook: @sonofmancomicbook

Stuart Black

I am procrastination personified. I drew my first comic during class back in 1996, and kept those characters and storylines going right up until 2012 in A4 format for a dwindling number of friends to read. Fear of failure, rejection, and the usual kit and kaboodle prevented me from pushing my work into the actual printing phase for years. I finally got my butt into gear, conquered those nagging demons, and released my first published book, The 4Horsefemmes, in 2013. 12 issues later, a spin-off, and 3 side-projects currently in the pipeline, I'm probably the busiest lazy person you've never met.

Website: ownanindi/stuartblack
Instagram: @4horsefemmes
Facebook: @The4H

Tim Burden

My name is Tim and I'm a visual artist and writer located in Sydney. I've been drawing since I can remember, mainly a lot of monsters and macabre violent scenes to the concern of my parents. I've always had it in my head that I was going to make a comic, there was no real moment that inspired this, it was just a given. For me comics are like proto-movies, they're able to tell a visual story but have the added bonus of allowing a singular vision to be told. Also they don't cost hundreds of millions of dollars. During my art studies I started designing characters and creating a bleak hostile world that they inhabited. The project became a labor of love as I started injecting my own personal experiences and childhood fears into the story. At the same time it's also a love letter to some of my favorite movies like Alien, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Evil Dead. My comic, Morbid Sheep, is an anthology series featuring re-occurring characters, some continuing plot lines, as well as some random silly stories.

Facebook: @morbidsheep

Alex E Clark

I write/draw comics about ladies, cats and body horror. I think the best compliments are the ones when someone reads a few pages, drops the comic and walks away wiping their hands on their jacket. Or when someone emails to describe a dream about their tongue turning to vines and suffocating. Like, I keep it pretty cute, but I love Junji Ito and Becky Cloonan and I hope some of that comes through. I love the good fairytales where grisly misfortune is met with grisly retaliation. I coordinate an annual comic/zine launch called Hallozeen and it's exchiting to see what people make each year.

Instagram: @lexlotl
Twitter: @lexielizzie

Darren Close

I got into drawing comics way back in the early 90s, under the mentorship of Damien Shanahan who was publishing Anthology and Pizza Man at the time. Heavily influenced by the formation of Image Comics, it was all about superheroes and aliens with my debut comic Eclipse - a hand-made 16-page photocopied mini-comic with a print run of 100 copies. There's still a couple of them floating around out there! 25 years and a dozen or so Killeroo comics later, and I still love the feeling of opening a fresh box of newly printed comic books, and packing them up for stores and mail orders. I love the collaborative process of comics, and most recently I've been putting together the Killeroo: Gangwars mini-series, a long gestating project that involves over 20 writers and artists from all across Australia.

Patreon: Darren Close
Instagram: @killeroo_
Facebook: @killeroo

Dr. Mike 2000

I've been reading comics for over 40 years, and started making my own just after 5 years ago. I'd had some cult success with narrative-driven superhero game mods in the past, and wanted to turn to my favourite medium. I love comics because you can tell epic stories cheaply, without too many stakeholders diluting the personal vision of the creative team. I started big with Universe Gun, a psychedelic superhero/sci-fi series projected to run 12 issues. It's gone from webcomic to printed single issues, and is now being released as trade paperbacks. It's big, positive and colorful, like the Fifth Element, Yellow Submarine and X-Men put through a blender. Smart, strange, sexy, silly psychedelic superhero scifi. I've created four 24 Hour Comics as well, each a self contained scifi/romance story. I've also had short strips published in Indie Comics Quarterly, Retro Scifi Tales, and NSEW.

Instagram: @dr_mike_2000
Facebook: @DrMike2000
Twitter: @Dr_Mike_2000

Jess Gleeson

I fell in love with art at the age of nine, when I began art lessons outside of school, and never looked back. I became interested in comics in two ways, as a kid I would watch Teen Titans and the Justice League animated series every week night, and as I got older, I looked for the comics with these characters. I also started reading the Babymouse graphic novel series as a kid, and still love them to this day. Around the age of thirteen, I started creating my own comic strips, Kiki Komics, that I still make and post on my website now. Currently, I love combining my love of poetry and comics by adapting my own poems into comics. 

Instagram: @gleje_
Facebook: @GlejeComics
Twitter: @Gleje_

Hydro Girl, Sarah Renehan & John Renehan

Sarah, co-writer and colourist for The Adventures of Hydro Girl, was born with Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain) and had her first brain surgery at just 4 weeks old. In 2011 she founded The Brain Drain Project, a website that provides support and raises funds for those suffering with hydrocephalus. Through talking to many people on the website it was made clear that a lot of people with the condition, young and older, had been victim to bullying because of suffering from hydrocephalus. This inspired Sarah, along with her brother John, to create Hydro Girl. As a symbol of hope and inspiration to those with the condition. Illustrator and author John Renehan began his artistic journey at the tender age of just 12. His imagination and love of fantasy worlds led him to pursue the arts. He has been published worldwide for his cartography works.

Website: hydrogirlofficial
Instagram: @hydrogirl13
Facebook: @theadventuresofhydrogirl
Twitter: @Hydro_Girl

Shaun Keenan

Hey guys my name is Shaun Keenan and I'm the creator of the number #1 selling independent comic book series, Xtreme Champion Tournamnet (XCT), having already sold over 3000 copies worldwide. I love the comic book medium and have just released the XCT: Most Wanted anthology. I have also done a little publishing printing the horror graphic novel Deadman's Land by actor Barry Duffield and I'm currently working on three new graphic novels. One within the XCT universe, another horror standalone graphic novel called Hellion Rising and a brand new Sci-Fi series called Terralympus.

Facebook: @XtremeChampionshipTournament
Twitter: @XCTCOMIC

Pierre Lloga

I am the writer/illustrator of Excitement City, a three part series of graphic novels about a dysfunctional trio of friends on a mission to capture a psychotic ex wrestler. I've done a bunch of short comics over the years but this is my first long-haul comics making experience; and with two hundred or so pages inked thus far I'm still having lots of fun with it. The first instalment was launched at Indie Comic Con 2017. I live in Melbourne's North with my girlfriend, two dogs and a cat. I've spent several years working as an illustrator as well as exhibiting and doing street art. When I'm not drawing I enjoy watching action movies, especially ones made in Hong Kong between the 1970's and mid 90's.

Instagram: @pierredrawsstuff

Stella Marlis

I am currently studying design and engineering in Melbourne, Australia. I draw the comic invisiBIlity, which you can find on my twitter page. It is both serious and humourous at times, and focusses on my experiences as a bisexual woman. I also do a variety of other art and illustration!

Instagram: @wintersunart

Khale McHurst

I've been making autobiographical comics for 8 years. I have several hundred pages of free comics on my comics blog, - that's where you can find my long-form comic projects I do not have an eating disorder and Polyamory isn't for everyone. This year I started printing minicomics featuring my array of short comic stories - these range in topics from mental illness, growing up queer in a religious household, to cute gag comics about my girlfriend. Nothing makes me happier than making comics about my life and sharing them with people. Although I initially started writing comics as a form of art therapy when I was recovering from an eating disorder, now I make them constantly - about everything - and I get more and more excited with each new story I script.

Instagram: @khalemchurst
Twitter: @khalemchurst

Metcop Wonderland, Katie Marx & Mel Rowsell

Katie Marx and Mel Rowsell have both always really fancied the idea of making a comic. Katie had frothy dreams of becoming a comic book creator, but the drawing skills of a lobster. Mel had the drawing talent, but had been living a life woefully short of public transport related conspiracy theories. It wasn’t until they joined forces that they were able to create their debut work. Aided by an anonymous source at PTV who insists on referring to himself as The Albatross, Katie and Mel have laboured over several years to develop Metcop Wonderland, Melbourne’s only comic about ticket inspectors. Both Katie and Mel swear black and blue that the comic is a work of non-fiction, and that Melbourne is in grave danger from a being known only as The Demontrain.

Instagram: @metcopwonderland
Facebook: @metcopwonderland

Claire Murray

I am the classic "since I could first hold a pencil, I have been drawing" kid. Though drawing had always been a hobby of mine, I only began 'properly' drawing comics after I finished my degree in Animation and Interactive Media. I work predominantly digitally, but occasionally dip my toes into the traditional, ever trying to see if I'm missing out on something. I was one of the recipients of a Squishface Micro-Grant, which helped to fund the publishing of my first mini-comic and a table at the Homecooked Festival in 2015. Since then I have started a little comic series called 'Living With It', which follows the day to day life of a young woman managing her diabetes and her duties as a superhero. With each issue, so far, I have also tried a different technique in creating the comic.

Instagram: @cmurraygraphics
Twitter: @cmurraygraphics

Matt Nicholls, Boy In A Box Productions

Boy In A Box Productions is a Melbourne based publisher of independent works since 2011. We have published such titles as Collateral, Don't Shut The Door, Aracnakid, Mary's Story, and many more. In 2016 we created Indie Comics Previews, a free online hub for readers, stores, and creators alike, with well over 200 independent comic titles listed, and growing continually. Each listing contains the covers, a blurb about the book, and contact details of the creators.

Instagram: @boyinaboxproductions
Facebook: @BIAB
Twitter: @BIABProductions

Nathan Onias

Ever since I can remember, I've been writing stories and drawing pictures. I fell in love with comics as a child when I discovered my uncle's dusty collection, long forgotten in the garage. When I was in middle school I created a super hero, Captain Canine, who I made short comics about. Years later I wanted to create a full issue comic to learn about the traditional disciplines of penciling, inking and lettering. Commander Canine was the result, a reimagination of my old character. I describe it as a "super hero, cop buddy comedy" about a dog-man and his reluctant police partner, Rosa. I work as an illustrator & graphic designer and also teach comic art at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre. I'm the founder and festival director of Indie Comic Con and enjoy meeting others interested in comics so please say hello sometime!

Patreon: Crispy Cola Studio
Instagram: @crispycola
Facebook: @crispyco

Scott Reid

I am a graphic designer, illustrator and cartoonist from Footscray. I began self publishing short form comics in 2013, most notably my I'm Pretty Sure I'm Dying series of "sorto-bio" surrealist mini-comics. Using auto-bio as a jumping off point, the series treats melodramatic metaphor and story tropes as literal manifestations, break ups open up hell dimensions, words become bullets and characters get saved by plot armour. I firmly believe everyone should have a go at making comics, and the low barrier of entry is one of the mediums biggest strength. With only a pencil and paper you can put any type of story into the world, which is incredibly exciting. When not making comics, I pay the bills designing models for the Tabletop Gaming industry and wrangling my asshole cat.

Instagram: @cutintotheearth

S.C.A.R., Steve Carter & Antoinette Rydyr

We are S.C.A.R. We like wild journeys of the imagination and impactful imagery, along with stories, which no matter how absurd, still contain an internal logic and a context. Over time, our comics and art have appeared in many national and international publications. Much of our work is independently published so that we retain editorial control and creative imagery. Recently, our art and fiction has appeared in The Thing Art Book, the Dark Arts Tarot Project, More Bizarro Than Bizarro anthology published by Bizarro Pulp Press (USA). Our controversial trilogy, Spore Whores is currently being reprinted by Bloody Gore Comix in Canada.

Facebook: @S.C.A.R.

Mike Speakman

Hi, I'm Mike. Born and raised in Melbourne, Australia. I enjoy art and have done ever since childhood, so I decided to pursue writing. I have had previous comic work published internationally (Carmen, via Source Point Press) and I am a former music journalist for Australian music magazine, Hysteria. Space Copz, my latest release, is an all-ages science-fiction comic series. I'm having a lot of fun with it!

Instagram: @spacecopz
Facebook: @spacecopz
Twitter: @spacecopz

Angie Spice

I love story telling and have been creating stories in my head for as long as I can remember. This compels me to draw, where I can bring my characters to life and explore the settings. Originally Courier was a bet. I would create a comic book and self publish it from concept to print within a month's deadline. I learned all the process as I went. It's the most exciting plunge I've ever taken. After all, I was tired of waiting to be handed an opportunity and I decided it was time to make way for myself. Especially, because I wanted my stories to be heard. I want to tell the stories I searched for growing up, and I realised It's up to me to deliver. In 2016 I won the Australian 24-hour comic book challenge with Galah Girl and have also produced an autobiographical zine Angie in Have You seen La La Land The response for the Courier series has been overwhelmingly fantastic, infectious and truly fulfilling.

Patreon: Angie Spice
Instagram: @angiespiceart
Facebook: @angiespiceart

Thomas Tung

Originally I considered myself a writer, until one day I realized that no one was going to draw my stories. I became serious about improving my art to be able to be both writer and artist while still at university. After a false start on my first comic, my second was Shrine of the Ninja Vampire which I handed out to people for free. In 2013 a computer error occured while I was backing up. This resulted in losing all my comic files (writing and artwork) and I was forced to start from scratch. In my depression, I started posting mini cartoons on Facebook, by taking pictures of them with my camera phone. I thought I would do it for a few days to help myself cope, but today my autobiographical Mini Tom web comic is over 1000 daily cartoons and counting. I continue to release comics every year, and also enjoy helping other creators.

Instagram: @tom_tung
Facebook: @xscriptfiction

Dan Watts

My name is Dan Watts and I’m a freelance artist based on the Gold Coast. I love storytelling in all its forms, and the process of creating sequential comic book art. I’ve written and illustrated Bipp and Trax Intergalatic Real Estate and am currently working on the next edition, as well as new titles. As a kid I was constantly creating characters that emerged from my active imagination, building worlds around them, and continue to do this today. I enjoy collaboration and find working with writers and creators to bring their stories to life very rewarding. I’ve contributed to independent creators’ comics and anthologies over the last few years. When I’m not drawing I enjoy listening to music, playing drums, and reading comics.

Instagram: @danwattsillustration
Facebook: @danwattsillustration

confirmed for 2018!

Simon Wright

I enjoy creating stories and comics. My passion is telling stories and delivering a professional final product. I've released a graphic novel through Caliber Comics as an artist with writer Matt Nicholls called Divine Comedy.

Facebook: @simonwrightillustration