Six New Comics - Summer 2018
In November & December 2018, Glom Press launched Six New Comics.
The comics are:
Glom Press is a small for-hire Risograph press run my Michael Hawkins and Marc Pearson, who are branching out into a micropublishing imprint starting with these 6 new comic chapbooks.
Glom Press aim to fill a gap in the Australian publishing industry in between minicomics and Graphic Novels and to provide opportunities for emerging and established creators to experiment and hone their craft.
This project was made possible in part because of a Pozible pre-sale campaign in October 2018 which exceeded it’s fundraising target in 4 days with a total of $7065 raised.
Praise for Six New Comics 2018:
"Every one of these books from Glom Press is worth reading. It's clear that Pearson and Hawkins favor the kind of line that goes well with Risograph printing: some version of ratty, minimalist, expressive, or grotesque. The themes are personal and the commentary is pointed. These books are beautiful art objects as well as well-designed for reading. They have the look and feel of minicomics but with no set length; indeed, one of their goals as a publisher is to provide a bridge between classic zines and slicker graphic novels. Their celebration of their artists' idiosyncrasies and the way they make each book look its best are a testament to their belief in the work and the overall alt-comics scene in Australia."
- Rob Clough, YCE
SEXY FEMALE MURDERESSES
by Eloise Grills
102 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 2 colour risograph insides, 4 colour risograph cover.
Like a smoke alarm that plays I Believe In Miracles by Hot Chocolate while your house burns down.Like a greased up stripper pole for use in emergencies, only. They say (I say) that death is life cumming, and death by a sexy female murderess is the female climax: slippery, elusive and by the time it finally comes you’ll wish you were never born. Sexy Female Murderesses is a warning to those who would never heed it anyway, and a childlike joy for others, like floating your rubber duck down a river of blood. Grills slices up figures of history, autobiography and speech, in a delightful springtime bloodbath for famously evil and evilly famous women—dead or alive, young and old. Burn your house down, poison your whole family, shoot your lovers point blank: just read this book before you do.
Eloise Grills is a writer, poet and comics artist based in Footscray, heavily invested in the intersection between art, writing and having too many feelings. In 2018 she received the Felix Meyer Scholarship and won the Woollahra Digital Literary Prize for her Scum Mag column, Diary of a Post-Teenage Girl. She was a finalist for a Walkley for visual storytpelling (the only queer naked punk lady to ever be shortlisted for a Walkley) and won the Lifted Brow/ RMIT non/fiction Lab Prize for Experimental Nonfiction, also in that year. She tweets and grams as @grillzoid.
Praise for Sexy Female Murderesses:
"Tens! Tens! Tens across the board for this insanely beautiful & extremely deadly masterpiece by Eloise Grills. The last year the publishing world has seen an explosion of sanctimonious, pristinely illustrated books of inspirational women throughout history, and this funny, lyrical gem with big windswept illustrations is the perfect antidote to so much good taste! Is it poetry? Is it history? Is it memoir? Stop asking such dumbass questions and just read it already. Grills's work is formally & lyrically daring, and it has heart, soul and thighs for days. Totally, undeniably, pour a bottle of arsenic into your husbands's dinner good. I love it forever, no take backs. "
- Hera Lindsay Bird
"Grills’s book isn’t exactly a comedy. She doesn’t lose sight of the seriousness of the crimes, and doesn’t make excuses for the women who commit them. But she does attempt to reclaim their humanity. It’s a pitch black and beautifully written reflection on society’s reappraisal of “evil” women."
— Will Cox, Broadsheet Melbourne
by Leonie Brialey
160 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 1 colour risograph insides, 3 colour risograph cover.
It's about a ghost calling a psychic hotline.
Leonie Brialey is a cartoonist living in Naarm (Melbourne).
Praise for Psychic Hotline:
"Spare and laden with meaning, vibrating with negative space and palpable emptiness, Leonie exploits the poetic exchange between text and image. Like the art of comics itself, for me Psychic Hotline is about the (im)possibilities of communication, and how hard we all strive to listen and be heard, speaking across the corporeal divide – the spaces and absences that separate us. I love Leonie's ghost, an emptiness that feels everything."
- Penni Russon
"Leonie's comic is a warm and gentle hug from a friend you've just met but feel like you've known forever. The story and characters have a depth and magnitude made possible by Leonie's skills at writing dialogue that is natural and line work that flows across the pages."
- Nicky Minus
by Mandy Ord
47 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 1 colour risograph insides, 4 colour risograph cover.
The Walking Dead sounds terrible. Unbearable to watch yet impossible to resist. So we switch to a documentary about the charmed life of a colony of sea going iguanas. What could possibly go wrong?
When deadly pursuit is the new normal what chance do we have?
Mandy Ord’s passion for the medium of comics has led her to present lectures and workshops to schools, universities, festivals and community groups across Australia and internationally. She has collaborated with theatre companies, writers, musicians, historians and audio units for animations and online content. She is currently working with local youth on a Lavington Library art project and her recent work with local Wiradjuri language experts can be seen on the new NBN Box Trail around Albury.
In 2018 Mandy illustrated her first book for children, Chalk Boy, written by Margaret Wild and published by Allen & Unwin. Previous books published by Finlay Lloyd include NY, Rooftops, and Sensitive Creatures which received a White Ravens award at the Bologna Book Fair.
MYSTICAL BOY SCOUT 4
by Aaron Billings
120 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 2 colour risograph insides, 3 colour risograph cover with thermographic gloss finish.
Mystical Boy Scout is the physical manifestation of homosexual resilience, extravagance and sexual prowess, and he’s finally settling down with his boyfriend Alex in a beat-up share house. That is until the date of their scheduled house inspection, which they are far from prepared for. Can gay magic help you pass a house inspection? What kind of secrets is he sitting on? What would you do to protect your boyfriend and your boyfriend’s pet chicken? All these questions beg an answer.
Aaron Billings has been published in Meanjin, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, Canary Press, Firefly zine, Castles in the Sky anthology and many others for drawing, comic work and writing. He has exhibited quilts, embroidery and paintings with Blindside gallery, Tinning street gallery, Off the Kerb galleries, No Vacancy gallery and many more. He’s an around town kinda boy. His favourite movie is ‘Night of the Hunter’, his favourite colour is rose pink and he’s an emotional Capricorn.
Praise for Mystical Boy Scout #4:
"The queer share house fairytale we've all been waiting for.
Smoky, scratchy, bright, serious, poetic, and funny, Aaron Billings presents a mini grand unified theory of supernatural visitors, real estate inspections, overly perfect boyfriends, and the Russian space dog, Laika. It's really a story for the lovesick puppy in each of us, a book that charms you, freaks you out a bit, and gives you all the feelings."
- Ronnie Scott
"This book is funny and strange... I wish all the world was as gay as Mystical Boy Scout"
- Tommi Parrish
MY BIG LIFE
by Bailey Sharp
32 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 2 colour risograph insides, 2 colour risograph cover.
My Big Life is somebody's memoir. It includes thoughts on time, relationships, stealing, instagram, books, assholes and self-mythologizing.
Bailey Sharp is a cartoonist, animator and educator interested in all forms of visual storytelling. She grew up in Georgia but now lives and works in Australia. She is the art editor at The Lifted Brow along with her partner Ben Juers. You can follow her on instagram @nobailey
Praise for My Big Life:
"Somehow when you look at Bailey’s characters you can see the way they carry their weight, their heads turn long around corners, there’s lots of bloop movement, even though the drawing is static it’s also animated. Her drawings explore how we all have strange power and consequence even through the goo of our alienation."
- Sam Wallman
'My Big Life' was awarded The Bronze Ledger 2019 for excellence in Australian comics.
“Sharp’s My Big Life is called ’somebody’s memoir’ on the blurb and is a breathless, surreal account of a life, beginning with the glorious line ‘I fell out of love before the morning’ and culminating in it’s penultimate four-page sequence, nine panels to a page, listing life events like ‘had sex with my boss’, ‘learned to swim’, ‘married and divorced’, ‘ran for local office’,and ‘bought my own kiln’. As the comic acknowledges, these life events are so quick to log, like bullet points, but ‘i was always aware of the drag of time’, Our Narrator - a soft pencil-headed single-eyed character with ‘lots of bloop movement' according to Sam Wallman - finally finds peace at the end of the comic after realising (or, actually, deciding) what the axle of their life has turned on. After this, their headaches stop, and time (which has dragged so relentlessly for the character) ‘could not pass faster’. The Comic is profound, hilarious, and offers a reflection on the nature of self-narrative - the character is only satisfied and at peace once they can sum up their big life into one ‘big regret’ just like in the stories their asshole bookstore boss forced them to read and then quizzed them on in the opening pages of the book. Sharps art works perfectly for the riso. This book was a 2018 highlight for me."
- Liz MacFarlane
“This is an artist at the top of her game!"
- Stuart Medley
by Rachel Ang
68 pages, Perfect Bound, 12.5cm x 17cm, 2 colour risograph insides, 3 colour risograph cover.
Jenny catches up with a former flame at the local pool. The sun is bright and casts dark shadows in the water. There is violence even in this mundane place - a whirlpool through which Jenny swims, even as it pulls her under.
Rachel Ang is a Melbourne-based comics artist. Her comics and illustrations have been published widely, including by The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, The Stella Prize and Cordite Poetry Review. She is a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow for 2018. She is the co-editor of Comic Sans, a new serialised anthology of Australian comics with a focus on real life and fresh voices. She holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from RMIT University. This is her first book.
Praise for Swimsuit:
“Rachel Ang’s Swimsuit is sensitive & subtle & a little bit devastating. The tender attention she gives to her details - the shadow of a lamp post, a glance, or a pregnant pause - illustrates a brief but rich encounter that should be read multiple times”
- Lee Lai
“There’s a space between the last thing we said, and the next thing we’re going to say… This comic, like the best short fiction, draws our attention to that place.”
- Pat Grant
'Swimsuit' was awarded The Silver Ledger 2019 for excellence in Australian comics.
"I think Rachel Ang’s Dream Diary is wonderful, but then i got to Swimsuit and found it even more accomplished. The art in Swimsuit may not be physically realistic, but we can see from Happy Valley and Dream Diary that this is not because Rachel is unable to draw in the style. She’s choosing not to. What i’d ask everyone to consider instead is the *emotional* realism she is achieving. Look what she’s doing with her linework. From just the tilt of a head, or a gaze held across panels, she tells us so much about the main characters crush on her friend, of which he is blithely oblivious. Ang doesn’t need dialogue to do any of this, though she then wields dialogue like a scalpel to deepen the wounds. That’s impressive cartooning. I think the storytelling is also thematically very complex and subtle as it paints this initial idea about the lack of empathy between two people and then turns it back on the main character by her inaction in the face of the bullying she witnesses at the pool. Unlike Dream Diary, in Swimsuit, Ang is submitting herself to the requirements of narrative for structure and resolution and point of view - it’s a lot more demanding, and she succeeds in creating this wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing of a story, that has something real to say about human interactions, and which stuck in my mind for weeks after reading."
- Lucas Testro
"Rachel has been honing her craft for years, and this book is the fruit of her development. Beautiful, heartfelt, well-paced, this book isn’t afraid to take it’s time to get where it’s going, and i savoured every moment. A strong, bold work from a talent moving from the developing stage to maturing."
- Brendan Halyday