Squishface started December 1, 2011. It was Ben Hutchings’ idea, and he picked the name, too. We like it now.
We opened officially to the public with a big party on Australia Day (Jan 26), 2012.
The founding members are Arran McKenna, Ben Hutchings, David Blumenstein, Marta Tesoro, Sarah Howell and Sacha Bryning.
We draw there, hang there, sell comics & prints and welcome the public in to say hi. Even the weird ones and the ones who are just casing the joint in case there’s something worth stealing there. There isn’t!
We hold regular events:
Squishface Studio Drawing Night
First Wednesday of the Month
An informal evening of drawing at Melbourne’s only open comics studio. Turn up any time after 6, but know that space is limited. Admission is free but we accept gold coin donations so that we can provide pens and paper, as well as totally unhealthy snacks.
The Ladies Drawing Auxiliary
Last Thursday of the Month
The hows and whys of creating comics and cartoons as explained by two guest lady cartoonists. Gentlemen welcome to attend. Drawing to ensue post-presentation. Snacks provided. Gold coin donation encouraged for said snacks, or bring refreshments to share.
We also teach cartooning and comics-making for kids during the school holidays. Check out the Classes page for more details.