The Tree Paper Comics studio is open. Over the past couple of months we have been printing zines, comics and posters, holding workshops and residencies and having social drawing and life drawing evenings. Everything is slowly taking shape with new routines being formed and drawing and printing zines and comics for a living is slowly becoming a reality.
Everythings shaping up. My MZ 770A risograph arrived from perth. Sadly it was a little worse for wear on arrival, but with a little butchery of another machine it was up and running in no time. The only problem was all the sounds of a riso in action had me thinking it was ready to blow. With the experience of a few thousand copies I'm getting my confidence up and with the recent completion of 220 comics for the Mini Comic of the Month Club I'm really happy with how the riso's working.
So far the colours I have are Bright Red, Blue, Purple, Green, Orange and Black. I hope to get more colours soon with Yellow, Fluro Pink, White, Gold and Light Grey all on the wishlist. After chatting with the wonderful Ashley Ronning of Helio Press, Marc Pearson and Michael Hawkins of Glom Press and Alice Camm I've worked out some good places to source paper (Ball and Doggetts) and Ink (Wholesalewidgets in the states and the local supplier Imagetec).
I have a couple exciting upcoming projects with Squishface Comics Studio as everyone is getting work printed for Tonerpalooza 2 Zine fair on the 24th of September. If anyone is interested in getting some work printed or curious about the process please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
It has taken a while, but I've finally purchased a Risograph - RZ 370aw. After bidding on machines in Melbourne, New Zealand and Adelaide I finally got one through Gumtree from a primary school in Sydney. Next was the hassle of shipping as these machines come in at over 100kgs. With an ad online I eventually received a reasonable quote and a week later the Riso was sitting in my studio making grooves in the carpet.
I was apprehensive to switch the Riso on and it was a couple of days before I unpacked and plugged it in. I half read the instructions before giving it a go. Choosing a random page f inked work I put it on the scanning glass and pressed the button to create a master. Suddenly the machine came to life making all these whirly gig sounds and I was sure an explosion was imminent. No explosion, but there was a master jam. Damn. There was an old master on the drum, which had been there for months from the previous owner. I peeled it off and went for take two. Again all the exotic sounds of a riso gave me a small spike of anxiety. After the master was made by the second print all was good. I could finally smile and relax knowing this wasn't going to become a bloody heavy doorstop like that hard rubbish photocopier I got with my brother.
At present I only have Black and Burgundy, which is fine to begin with, but I can see that having enough drums to replicate CMYK will be great. I'm rushing to finish a 12pg mini so I can see the Riso in all it's glory. My biggest concern is registration when I start printing with both the black and burgundy drums. I hope to use the Squishface studios Riso as well for a splash of red.
If anyone is interested in working with Risograph or just wants to know about the machines in general feel free to get in touch. I'm happy to share what little I know.
Time to get back to drawing.
2016 was a busy year. In publishing the 3 Tree Paper anthologies I learnt a lot working with some talented Australian and New Zealand cartoonists and also with Jefferies Printers. One of the most important things was the need to keep my finger on the pulse. It wasn't always easy balancing full time work and publishing, but I survived. In 2017 it's a fresh start and I begin a new adventure in full-time publishing, printing and my own personal creative work. In the next few months I'm looking to set up my studio and gather all the equipment I need. Exciting times.
The festival of the photocopier (FOTP) is almost here. Last year I found I spent just as much time wandering around as I did at my table so I'll be sharing with Pikitia Press. I look forward to spending too much money, awkward rambling to everyone I meet and selling a couple of comics. It should be fun and I hope to see you there.
Tree Paper 3 has just arrived back from Jeffries Printers and is looking good.
It has been great to work with some amazing Australasian comic artists over the first three issues of Tree Paper. The third issue contains comics from Ben Hutchings, Suus Agnes, James James, Matt Emery, Maude Farrugia, S. Oiseau, Owen Heitmann, Sam Emery and a 10 page feature story by Barry Linton.
Tree Paper 3 is 32 pages of colour and black and white comics printed on Envirocare paper.
Issue three will be for sale online and from Sticky Institute, Minotaur and All Star Comics from the start of next week. Also, there are only a couple copies of issue 2 left. Get yours while stocks last.
Homecooked is finished for another year and what a joy it was. From the workshops and panels on the Saturday to the market day on the Sunday I met some great people, learnt a lot from those more experienced than myself (pretty much everyone) and approached a few people about contributing to the Tree Paper anthology.
The festival was held in the beautiful Northcote hall and once filled with comics, creators and the public it had a warm atmosphere. On the mic was the wonderful Cazz Jennings who kept all entertained with her energy, a couple crazy drawing games with some talented cartoonists and an interview with Wolfgang Bylsma and Kaaron Warren.
It was great to meet up with Georgina Chadderton, George Hall and Clea Chiller who all contributed to the second Tree Paper anthology. In terms of publishing James Andre of Milk Shadow comics was full of great advice. I'm fascinated by others approach to editing anthologies and it was great to discuss the Yuck anthologies he edited and published. It was also great to talk with Bernard Caleo who publisher the wonderful Tango anthologies. Ever smiling he told me how much fun it was to collaborate with all of the fabulous comic artists in Tango.
The day before I had attended the panel with Wolfgang Bylsma who talked about marketing for small press and self publishers. This talk confirmed a lot of what I was thinking and next to me sat the legend David Blumenstein who's equally sage advice I couldn't ignore.
I picked up some great comics for myself including Georgina Chadderton's Alright Ghost Fans, which is about her time at the Comic Artists Workshop held on Edward Island. It's really inspiring work. I'm looking forward to applying for the CAW this year.
Many thanks to all the people that helped organize and run this festival and to the people that purchased a copy of the latest Tree Paper. This was my second year and I look forward to attending again next year.
It's almost time for Homecooked 2016!
I'm looking forward to tabling along with Pikitia Press and a whole heap of other talented comic artists. The second issue of the Tree Paper anthology will be released, which includes great new artwork by Georgina Chadderton, Rebecca Sheedy, Sam Emery, James James, Kayla Oliver, George Hall and Clea Chiller.
I'll also be releasing a limited run of a children's comic called Nathanial Shaw and the Little Bookshop. It's loosely based on my time working in the family bookstore. Set in Napier the illustrations feature many of the wonderful art deco buildings built after the 1931 earthquake.
If you're so inclined a great way to support this amazing festival and local comic artists is to check out Homecooked's Pozible campaign. There are some great rewards and I've already spent more than I should.
I look forward to seeing everyone at the artist talks on the Saturday and the Market day on the Sunday.
I had a great time at All Star Comics with Ben Hutchings, Matt Emery and the wonderful Milk Shadow crew. Thanks to the team at All Star comics for their space, time and hospitality.
I'm slowly learning how it feels to sell in different environments. One measure is that of my anxiety levels. The Festival of the Photocopier was great if a little overwhelming. I loved meeting so many talented and inspiring cartoonists there that I had only previously talked to online. I also loved the many amazing zines I picked up and the beautiful, little cactus I got from Zoe Boyd.
In this regard All Star was perfect. It was a bit more intimate and easier to talk to customers, possible future cartoonists to publish and even the odd fan.
The next event will be Homecooked where I will have the second issue of Tree Paper and a fine selection of A3 posters like those below. This issue will contain work by Rebecca Sheedy, Georgina Chadderton, Kayla Oliver, myself and a couple more. It was a fantastic event last year and I hope to see you there.
All is slowly taking shape. After a long day delivering mail I came home to find the first issue of Tree Paper had arrived. I'm really happy with how its turned out and send my thanks to the wonderful artists that contributed comics and the good folks at Jeffries Printers for their great work. You can get this issue at the Festival of the Photocopier this Sunday at the Melbourne town hall and from the treepapercomics.com shop.
The preparations for this weekend at FOTP are underway with things a little less frantic at the day job (the mail must get through!). I hope to have a ruggedly handsome compilation of my own work together and maybe even some snazzy badges! I look forward to meeting a lot of old and familiar faces and scouting for some more comic artists for the anthologies. And lastly I look forward to spending way too much money and adding to my slowly growing collection of zines. See you there!
Welcome to Tree Paper Comics
Happy New Year and welcome to Tree Paper Comics an Australasian micro-publisher of comics and graphic novellas. The first issue and our inaugural publication Tree Paper will be released in Early February. I'm very excited to have worked with Matt Emery, David Mahler, Lizzie Nagy, Dominica Duckworth, James James and Meg O'Shea to produce this anthology of great stories
Another cause for excitement is the upcoming Festival of the Photocopier organized by The Sticky Institute (Feb 14). I'm looking forward to tabling there along with Pikitia Press and a whole bunch of talented Zine-makers from all over. We'll have the first issue of the Tree Paper anthology and a whole bunch of zines from various artists. It's going to be great to meet a lot of creative people with a love of zines and comics.