Journal

Free Comic Book Day

If you’re in or around Melbourne this Saturday then come along to…..

I’ll be there from 11am – 12pm doing free sketches. Free art and free comics, who can resist that?

Exhibition Stuff + Other Stuff

The Justice Will Be So Fantastic is the second chapter in an ongoing collaboration between myself and UK band Crippled Black Phoenix (whose music will be echoing from the speakers inside the gallery throughout the opening night). Teaming up with the band on this and other projects has been the most rewarding and inspiring creative experience of my life, and this is all just the beginning. This exhibition will include ink illustrations, 1/6 scale custom toys, and a mix of paintings and stencils on skateboard decks, wooden panels, and canvases.

There will also be a performance by the Melbourne ensemble String Source on the Sunday night. I’ve always enjoyed the combination of visual art and music (the first printing of my graphic novel Lonely Monsters even came with a soundtrack) so…

Happenings

I’m currently knee-deep in preparations for my upcoming exhibition, The Justice Will Be So Fantastic, which will be taking place early September in Melbourne. I’ll have all the info and some images from the exhibition available to post up in a couple of weeks. This show will include a range of ink illustrations, acrylic paintings, stenciled skateboards, custom toys and more.

While this is the main focus of my day/night at the moment I’m also still hard at work on the new Leroy graphic novel and currently writing the scripts for a Leroy anthology comic. However, in order to get at least a few hours sleep a night, The Secret History Of Skullboy webcomic will be taking a small break and returning in August.

Speaking of comics, if you own an iPad or iPhone then I’ll…

Artboy VS Fanboy Round 2!

After the success of the first Artboy VS Fanboy Group Exhibition, which had the theme of Video Games and was covered on ABC’s Good Game, round 2 is about to kick off.

And this one covers my favourite theme in the world!

If you’re in Melbourne come along and check it out, there’s a great line up of artists involved.

Matt

Daredevil WIP + Group Exhibition Stuff

Last week was a total write-off for me as I was hit hard by the flu. I couldn’t draw a single line due to constant headaches, coughing, aches, and all that other fun stuff. Today’s the first day in a week where I woke up feeling good, so I decided to take advantage of that and dive into a new painting. This is for the second in the series of group exhibitions called Artboy VS Fanboy which is taking place at Artboy Gallery in a couple of months. The first theme in the series was Video Games and was a lot of fun. This time around it’s Comics, which has me even more excited. Here’s an in progress snapshot of my painting, a 60cm x 90cm acrylic of Daredevil. The photo’s a big blurry as I’ve piled on the paint and it’s still drying so I couldnR…

Comics + RB + Booze = Awesomeness

A huge thank you to the various Redbubble people who made it along to the FEC comics launch this afternoon/evening. It was a blast chatting with each and every one of you!

The turnout was great. As a lifelong comic freak it’s always exciting to see people getting interested and excited about the medium.

The copies of Lonely Monsters that were available all sold out, but for those in Melbourne who missed out we’ll have some info soon on when/where it will be available at retail outlets. Or you can visit FEC for online ordering info.

The evening also resulted in some fun creative collaboration discussion with one of my favourite artists (who is also on RB). But I’ll leave chatting about that for another time :-)

Cheers

Matt

Upcoming Exhibition Stuff

This Saturday night at 303 High Street, Northcote (Victoria) I’ll have a piece in Pimp My MUF2, (below is a little snapshot of it, the Skullkulele).

There are some great artists involved in this show, it should be a blast.

The following Saturday I’ll be at the official launch of FEC Comics along with a few other writers and artists who are producing comics for the publisher. FEC is managed by a good friend of mine, so it was an easy decision to leave Lonely Monsters in his care. There will be free booze, which means you might get to see me in full-blown-artistic-rant-mode! If so expect to hear the words ‘motherfuckers’ and ‘time ain’t made for wasting’ slurred repeatedly ;-)

Here are a few prints I’ll have with me on the day (I’ll …

The Old And The New

2010 was a pretty manic year and without question my most productive year to date. I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a couple of leftover projects from last year and in doing so realised how much my approach to what I do and how I do it has changed. So in the downtime between wrapping those other things up I thought it’d be fun to go back to a few of my personal favourite pieces from the past and completely redo them from scratch.

Matt

THE HORROR! THE HORROR!

I recently grabbed a copy of the book ‘The Horror! The Horror!’ and have been completely devouring it. For those who don’t know, back in the 50’s there was a huge movement in the US to ban comics, focusing on horror and crime comics, which resulted in the creation of the Comics Code (which has thankfully now been dropped by most publishers). During the original witch-hunt a number of publishing houses and comic book titles completely disappeared, removed from the shelves of the local pharmacy/newsagency due to the belief that they were corrupting the minds of children. Many of these stories and covers have been unavailable since that time, but here they are, rising from the ashes in this wonderful 306 page collection.

It has everything, crime, horror, undead, ev…

The Lonely Hunter Volumes 1 & 2

Took a few quick snapshots of the recently arrived Lonely Hunter book set. These shots include the limited edition sepia copy of Volume 1 (which comes with an original piece from the book). I’ve already sold half of the limited sets so if you’re interested in one drop me a line. More details can be found here

Thanks

Matt

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