Last night we went to the opening of the exhibition “18C” at Blak Dot Gallery. It’s art responding to the Racial Discrimination Act amendments proposed by Attorney-General George Brandis.

David’s little brother’s recent report is in it, and Sarah, David and Martin Nixon (who also has a piece in the show) did some themed drawing on the gallery window (with the help of some of the kids!).

It was a nice night; lots of hurt and anger being channeled into artmaking and maybe even policy outcomes. Democracy and that. Yay!

You can submit to the public consultation on the Act until April 30.

benhutchings
benhutchings:

A celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators at Northcote Town Hall.Darebin City Council, in partnership with Squishface Comics Studio, celebrate drawn stories, from art comics to superheroes to manga and everything in between.Join us for drawing activities, comics workshops, a comics market, graphic novel lending library, an evolving exhibition wall, and specialist art material retailers.Stage events will be hosted by Bernard Caleo and include: 
quiz game Batman vs. Batman with authors Prof. Angela Ndalianis and Robyn Annear, 
feats of competitive drawing in Draw! Draw Faster! 
the Alien Onion (Allen and Unwin) Quiz, and 
heartfelt debate in Tintin or Asterix?
See you there!

benhutchings:

A celebration of comics and graphic novels and their creators at Northcote Town Hall.

Darebin City Council, in partnership with Squishface Comics Studio, celebrate drawn stories, from art comics to superheroes to manga and everything in between.

Join us for drawing activities, comics workshops, a comics market, graphic novel lending library, an evolving exhibition wall, and specialist art material retailers.

Stage events will be hosted by Bernard Caleo and include: 

  • quiz game Batman vs. Batman with authors Prof. Angela Ndalianis and Robyn Annear, 
  • feats of competitive drawing in Draw! Draw Faster! 
  • the Alien Onion (Allen and Unwin) Quiz, and 
  • heartfelt debate in Tintin or Asterix?

See you there!

SQUISHFACE REFUSES U.N. INSPECTION

For immediate release

BRUNSWICK, Australia ——Human rights investigators from the United Nations have been been forced to cancel a trip to Squishface Comics Studio to investigate the fate of the cartoonists there.

The order to stand down is understood to have originated from Ben Hutchings, who pays many of the near-bankrupt studio’s bills.

Conditions inside Squishface, in which several hundred people are living, have been criticised repeatedly.

“Hutcho, who invited us, has now asked us not to come,” the group’s leader, Mads Andernas, said.

“He cites practical reasons for it not being suitable or practical for us to come.”

A spokesperson for Amnesty International, Graeme McGregor, says the conditions inside Squishface are harsh, and are being kept secret.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, has been taking part in secret meetings with Squishface management behind the Riso machine.

benhutchings
benhutchings:


Well, I first had this idea when blah blah blah, because then for me it was blah blah blah, but I began to wonder if blaaaaah!  And so I began with my blah full of blah and I got out my red pen and as I did, I remembered the words of my Uncle Blah, who taught me everything i know, but I think it blah, and so on, and so that’s the story of the snot I blew out my nose this morning.  
Now as for the comic… *chortle!*

- excerpt from my talk at the 2014 Academic Sequential Narratives Conference, “The Cultural Effect of Reading A Comic Whilst Riding A Bike Down A Cobbled Lane Like in Frarnce”

benhutchings:

Well, I first had this idea when blah blah blah, because then for me it was blah blah blah, but I began to wonder if blaaaaah!  And so I began with my blah full of blah and I got out my red pen and as I did, I remembered the words of my Uncle Blah, who taught me everything i know, but I think it blah, and so on, and so that’s the story of the snot I blew out my nose this morning.  

Now as for the comic… *chortle!*

- excerpt from my talk at the 2014 Academic Sequential Narratives Conference, “The Cultural Effect of Reading A Comic Whilst Riding A Bike Down A Cobbled Lane Like in Frarnce”

benhutchings
benhutchings:

Here’s a commission I done for an anniversary present.  If you wanna splosh out and buy a drawing for a loved one, email me at ben@hutcho.net 
I can draw you or your loved one as a:
Horsewoman who sheaths her sword in her mouth
Classic character reimagined all badass and sexy
Bamtan or Wodner Women
Just u being urself
a car with the face of Ghandi but his nose has your face on it

benhutchings:

Here’s a commission I done for an anniversary present.  If you wanna splosh out and buy a drawing for a loved one, email me at ben@hutcho.net 


I can draw you or your loved one as a:

  • Horsewoman who sheaths her sword in her mouth
  • Classic character reimagined all badass and sexy
  • Bamtan or Wodner Women
  • Just u being urself
  • a car with the face of Ghandi but his nose has your face on it
benhutchings
benhutchings:

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm (GMT+10:00), visit my livestream page at http://www.livestream.com/benhutchings to watch me ink in some frames of Iron Bard Ballisto!  Filled to the edges with obsessive crosshatching, this is my most meticulously rendered comic to date, so it should take a good hour or more to complete a frame. The video chat window doesn’t require any registration to use, so jump on and criticise my art and stupid face when I lean forward too far. 
The tag #ironbard will reveal previous frames of this work in progress. I hope you can visit for a little while, egg me on, ask questions and maybe even get some hints on how to ink like a main leader of some manner of corporation. 

benhutchings:

On Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 pm (GMT+10:00), visit my livestream page at http://www.livestream.com/benhutchings to watch me ink in some frames of Iron Bard Ballisto!  Filled to the edges with obsessive crosshatching, this is my most meticulously rendered comic to date, so it should take a good hour or more to complete a frame. The video chat window doesn’t require any registration to use, so jump on and criticise my art and stupid face when I lean forward too far. 

The tag #ironbard will reveal previous frames of this work in progress. I hope you can visit for a little while, egg me on, ask questions and maybe even get some hints on how to ink like a main leader of some manner of corporation.