New webcomic: Pettyfolly!

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My whimsical little comics-short-story project, Pettyfolly, is now online as a webcomic! The first story, Lullaby, about a cranky giant and an opportunistic forest imp, is a few pages in already – and the comic will update with a new page every Monday and Wednesday. I hope you enjoy it!

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Goofy Caricature Cards

This will be the first of a relentless slew of long-overdue updates! A couple of caricature commissions for birthday cards, for some particularly excellent personages about town. The first was for a Fashion Disaster / Op Shop themed birthday. The second, well, who can say, sometimes you take a brief in a new direction and that direction is RECEIVED WITH MUCH JOY AND HILARITY BY THE CLIENT!

Character development

Doodles of a character I’m working on. She loves her bike, and is having trouble getting used to boarding school!

 

Problems with a Girl and a Unicorn

This story is not for kids… but if you’re not a kid, you can read it here

Earlier this year I had the chance to adapt a short story by one of my favourite Australian authors, Nick Earls, into a comic format.

It was a lot of hard work, but very rewarding, and the graphic story was published in Griffith Review 32

(print editions only! Don’t buy the digital edition if you’re looking for my comic!)

Good old George! She was as brave as a lion!

Timmy and George meet Morgan

Five get into a fix (by Enid Blyton)

Having never so much as dipped my toes into the Famous Five series before, yesterday I started reading a scruffy second-hand copy of Enid Blyton’s Five get into a fix (1942). The edition I’m reading has a black-and-white illustration every chapter, but they’re somewhat dull and character-less, so I went ahead and bashed one out myself – learning a lot about photoshop colouring techniques along the way.

The Five are taking a winter holiday in the Welsh mountains and in this scene, George has just rescued Timmy from an attack by three dogs belonging to the caretaker’s son. George, by the way, is a girl – a tomboy – and Timmy is a dog (but still one of the Five) 🙂

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“… the giantlike figure of Morgan came round the corner of the barn, his three dogs, extremely subdued now, at his heels.

‘Hey?’ he said, inquiringly, looking at the four children and his mother.

‘The dogs attacked this one,’ explained his mother. ‘You shouted just in time, Morgan. But he’s not much hurt. You should have seen this boy here – the one the dog belongs to – he stood in front of his dog, and fought off Tang, Bob and Dai!’

Julian couldn’t help smiling to hear George continually called a boy – but, standing there in snow-trousers and coat, a woollen cap on her short hair, she looked very like a sturdy boy.”

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George is definitely my favourite character!