Saturday, August 26, 2017

Griffith Uni banner. 

Over the moon to have Kid Phantom (an Australian comic) front and centre of the Animation department for Griffith Film School.

Since I've trained ten hours over last night and today, and I have to fight tomorrow, I'm tired, so this is all I have to document right this moment. Cheers :)

Friday, August 4, 2017

ABC Radio National "Big Ideas" Superheroes in the Real World

Recently spoke on a panel as part of the Queensland Gallery of Modern Art "Marvel Cinematic Universe" exhibition:

Professor Jason Bainbridge - Head of the School of Communication, University of South Australia 
Ryan Griffen - Creator of the sci-fi television series Cleverman
Dr Naja Later - Sessional Lecturer in Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, and Sessional Academic, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne
Dr Paul Mason - Lecturer in Art Direction, Griffith Film School, and comic book illustrator on Kid Phantom (Frew Publications)
Chair: Scott Stephens – Presenter The Minefield and the ABC Religion and Ethics Editor, ABC Online

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Falk/McCoy's "The Childhood of The Phantom"

For those 'Kid Phantom Phans' curious, there are 2 x Lee Falk era comic strip stories that chronicle 'The Childhood of the Phantom', for which Kid Phantom is "respectfully" based (along with the Avon novel "The Story of The Phantom", which Falk declares the definitive origin of the 21st Phantom), and of course, our own updating and expanding of the stories (written by Andrew Constant). Much of this you began to see in 2, and will see more of in issue 3, which is one story told between the journey from Bangalla to the US)
For the completists, Frew Publications have for sale the annuals that contain both Sunday strips. The first (1944 - 1945)can be found in #1063, and the second (which follows the events of the novel a little closer) in issue #1280 (from the 1959 story). There have been a few reprints over the years, some feature Young Kit in full costume, not actually depicted in the stories at all, past the 6 year old running in the fields.
Both stories have various interesting differences in events, characterisations, even Kit's haircut :P No Spoiler, suss out and see for yourself, and read Kid Phantom #1 and 2 to see where we've paid our respects, and updated for an all-ages audience.
I was lucky enough to pick up the Hermes Press US hardcover colour version of the 1944 story, will hopefully find a 1959 colour version one day.
Check out for all the available Frew Phantom latest stuff and back issues!
Purchase the 1944 version from Frew:
the 1959 version:

All the Frew publications of the 1944 version:

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Front Page of Northside Chronicle (July 2017)

Monday, July 31, 2017

Kid Phantom: Signing at Taekwon-do Lutwyche mega gym, and Liverpool Library visit

Was a pleasure to see all the kids and parents getting onboard with The Phantom, and reading the comics. Thank you again to GM Moore and Taekwon-do Lutwyche for the great Saturday morning.

Also earlier in the month:
Liverpool Library coverage from Chronicle Chamber website:

Cheers again for the coverage, gents :D

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Griffith Film School coverage of 'Kid Phantom", plus "Nerds4Life" blog

These are the same, but you get the idea. Very kind words from Griffith University, and many thanks to the Griffith Film School, Queensland College of Art, Louise Crossen, and the GU media team, plus Sophie and the Blue Planet team for all of the recent coverage related to Kid Phantom. It's very kind.

Here's the article, and no, I clearly know Jack Kirby didn't draw The Phantom comics (he did do concept art for a never-aired Phantom cartoon though.) :P


Also from the Oz Comic-Con weekend:

Cheers Nerds4Life Blog. Much appreciated :) I'm very sleep deprived, so you're lucky I got a sentence out at all.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

The Phantom & Kid Phantom Comes to Liverpool Library this July!

Chronicle Chamber have done it again with another great piece of coverage for the upcoming even that I'm proud to be a part of. I previously touched on the panels I'll be doing, but the more Kid Phantom specific ones can be found here:

Looking forward to my boss, and editor Glenn Ford's curated talk, on the night of the Sydney launch of Kid Phantom. I've seen all the pieces at my recent trip to Frew HQ, and they're fantastic! Not to be missed.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Birds, Podcasts and Articles in the Lead up to Melbourne Oz Comic-Con

Rather than 6 separate, obnoxious posts, here's one big one. I attempt to counter-act the douchebaggery with a picture of my office supervisors, Rosie, and Cheesel...

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Ok, didn't work. Never mind. Just an onslaught of various press-coverage to help my boss sell books, and allow me to keep paying the rent. Ans when I'm old(er) and grey, I can look back and go "What's a podcast?"


Click on a link if you're curious to listen or read, for all of your Kid Phantom-related behind-the-scenes, stuff etc. in the lead up to issue 2 dropping this weekend.


[Podcast] Game On Australia Episode 38 :

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"In the lead up to Melbourne Oz Comic-Con this weekend, I chat to Pete and Dan of Game On Australia (episode 38) about Frew Publications KID PHANTOM, by Andrew Constant and I. (My jibberish starts about 26 mins. in, after all the great gaming news). 
Special thanks to Pete, Dan, OCC and Blue Planet 
The podcast is also available on iTunes, and also on QANTAS and Jetstar domestic and international flights. So, if you're having trouble sleeping on your journey, I suggest listening to me for a moment. Problem solved ;D "

Article: Chronicle Chamber re: Kid Phantom creators at Melbourne OZ Comic-Con:

Thank you gents!


[Podcast] Chronicle Chamber X-Band: The Phantom Podcast (Episode 68): Recap of the Lee Falk Memorial Bengali Expoloers Club Dinner:

"Ep 68 of the X-Band Phantom podcast is up, with the Gents recording my waffle...err...Speech at the Lee Falk Memorial Dinner (LFMBEC) (about the 13:05 min mark). 
I must echo Terry's words of thanks again to Richard and Dr Di Dio's, and everyone involved in organising the annual charity event. 
But as a Frew team member, and a "phan" of the Phantom, I absolutely loved and empathised with Frew Publisher Dudley Hogarth's passionate 5min comments on the night that kick off from the 40:10 min mark. 
Cheers everyone, and Dan, Jermayn and Stephen's efforts in covering Phantom news around the world."

Article: The Iris/AU Review with David Hunter :

"Where I try, and somewhat fall, to *NOT* sound like a d***  
Anyways, Many thanks to David Hunter at The Iris @The AU Review for his hard work in conducting and transcribing this interview in the lead up to this weekend's Melbourne Oz Comic-Con, and launch of Frew Publications KID PHANTOM #2, with writer Andrew Constant and I."


Article: Brisbane Times:

Thank you Ruth for the article :)

Thanks again!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday's one-two punch: ABC Radio Brisbane, and Courier Mail.

Courier Mail, Today: Friday 23rd June.


Spoke for 10 minutes on ABC Brisbane's "Breakfast with Craig Zonca" : Click and listen:

Very thankful for this morning, also very tired. Breakfast, I salute you guys.

Special thanks to Louise the communications officer at Griffith University, and Sophie from Blue Planet PR.