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.
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.