Saturday, August 24, 2013

Just because we could.

Oh yeah, forgot about this. At Gold Coast Supanova in April 2013, fellow Comic Book guest and Black House Comics stablemate Jason Franks and I, were distracted by the fact that a Cardboard IronMan and two horses were singing 'Rammstein'...Chaos ensued.

About 1 min. in is precisely why I shouldn't be allowed out of the house without supervision.

Thanks to Soldier Legacy Facebook 'Liker' Brandon Quigley for the posting this. I laughed my head off. I needed it.

Paul @ ZICS Aug 31st, Brisbane Writers Festival Sept 8th.

Hey All,

Sorry I don't have much time to chat, hope you all are well :D Brisbanites, I do hope if you're out and about next weekend, you'll be stopping by 'The Edge' SLQ at Southbank for the Zine and Indy Comics Symposium, kicking off Friday night and running Saturday and Sunday from 12-6. I've been kindly invited along as a guest, so I'll be either at a table doing sketches, with heaps of prints and some leftover Soldier Legacy and SDCC Folio books from 2012 and 2013 at the table, or I'll be chatting at a couple of panels- one on Saturday and two Sunday. Check out the Schedule above :D

Saturday 4 - 5:30 "Us vs Them"

12:30 - 2:30pm : 30 min. Workshop block in the 12:30-2:30 "Skillz 2 pay the Billz" (1pm, but stick around for the others)

2:45 - 4:00pm "Voices- Message based comics and Zines".

I might just hammer out free character head sketches, yeah? Leave you folks with more money for comics, zines and print ;) Want something bigger with more detail? THEN we can talk.


The following weekend (Sunday 8th September back at The Edge, State Library of Queensland) I'll be chatting on the 'Well Drawn- Creator-Owned Comics' panel at 1pm, with Eddie Campbell, Zac Cameron- Smith and Dylan Horrocks, as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. Very honoured and humbled to be involved, considering the massive line up. More details and how to book via the link above :D

More stuff soon as I come up for air.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sample of Taekwon-do World Championship pics- UK July/Aug 2013

The Team at the venue: Day 1 comp. I'm on the right somewhere.
Training nonsense
Senior Men's team. Shake 'n' Bake.
Team "Shrink" Debbie.
"Da Boyz".
Roommate and Veteran Competitor: Mr Burn, 6th Degree.

My Central Coast family. The juniors, Matt and Heather, began Taekwon-do at my school about 8ish years ago, and continued on at my best mate's school (Gary) when I left to study at QCA in '06. Very proud of them.
My "Big Brother" Gary.
The Australian team, Master Moore, support crew and coaches, early Day 2.
My stuff.
2nd Fight.

A tough fight; was humbled to hear from Master and several competitors it was the bestfight of the division, and an unlucky draw to get the eventual gold medalist so early, and off his Bye. 2 Judges awarded it to RED, 1 to BLUE and a Draw. Haven't lost a fight in years. It was tough,  the rules were different, but not as good on the day. It's been a big year. Regrouping begins.
The nice Hyper weight guy from Ireland who requested this photo "...of the bloke who knocked me out". 5 seconds into our team sparring match, he was asleep on the mat. Sorry mate. Was still a little agitated after the last loss.  Discovered later this gent got the Bronze medal in Hyper weights, so I felt a little better about the day overall. All the best, mate.
Coach, Veteran competitor and mate Scott Bower with "some" of his medals. Every Aussie came away with at least 1; and I believe we took 68 (?) overall. 
America's big Hyper-weight, Chad. Nice dude.
"Big Sister" Penny scores a small pile of veteran medals. World Champion :D
World Champion Power Breaker Gary King.
Vets Scott Bower, and close friend Andy Smith with Grandmaster Hwang, being presented with Overall winner's trophies for their age groups (Veterans).
Mr Bower, Mr King, with other close mate, Mr Nigel Paul. 
My Aunty Lin and Uncle Terry from Birmingham drop in to say hello.
Matty and his Medal.
Scotland competitors (with Australian team nurse Karen) The gent on the right was who I fought in the first round. Nice guy, albeit not too happy here :P
A smattering of photos from the Unified ITF Taekwon-do Open World Championships, held in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, UK in July/Aug. I recently attended it straight after San Diego Comic-con. A tonne more photos, but this is probably more than enough reminiscing on a great trip for now. 4 world championships, 5 teams...mixed emotions in general, but opportunities to continue in the future, and perhaps a coaching role on the Australia team too. Life is turbulent enough at the moment to think ahead. Will bury myself in the next challenges and see if the sun comes up tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Catch up: Latest News- BWF, ZICS, OCC, Human Fly and Great Capes!

Many thanks to OZ Comic-Con for the video interview- conducted recently at the Melbourne event, July 2013.

From the Brisbane Writers Festival Website:

SUNDAY 8th September 1-2pm
"WELL DRAWN: Creator-Owned Comics"

VENUE: The Edge, SLQ

The joys of your own creation are sometimes accompanied by the struggle for a steady pay packet. Four indie trailblazers, Paul Mason, Zac Smith-Cameron,Eddie Campbell and Dylan Horrocks discuss writing your own comics.


Many thanks to the organisers of ZICS: The Zine and Comic Symposium for the invite to the event, happening at the end of August/beginning of Spetember 2013 at 'The Edge' at Southbank, part of the State Library of Queensland.

I look forward to the panel discussions and workshop events I've been asked to take part in, with some great people.

Also, check out their Crowd Funding campaign, ending soon, and support independent Australian events:

'The New Adventures of The Human Fly #1', from the makers of the upcoming film, and featuring the character based on the real-life stuntman (not seen in comics since the 1970's Marvel Comic series), is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble and the Book Depository.

I was fortunate enough to have a short story in here, scripted by film scriptwriter Tony Babinski.

"Brand new adventures of the Human Fly, based on the real-life stuntman, superhero and rock star extraordinaire, featuring artists Bob Layton ("The Invincible Iron Man"), Steve Leialoha ("Fables"), Don Perlin ("Werewolf by Night," co-creator of "Moon Knight") and Al Milgrom ("ROM: Spaceknight") from the Fly's original 1970s comic book series. Contributors also include iconic '70s/'80s artist Gerry Talaoc ("Unknown Soldier," "The Incredible Hulk"), Steven Butler ("Web of Spider-Man," "Sonic the Hedgehog"), hot alternative comic book creator Jim Rugg ("Afrodisiac"), legendary letterer Janice Chiang, Rafael Navarro ("Sonambulo," "Guns A Blazin'"), Javier Herandez ("El Muerto, Aztec Zombie"), screenwriter of the upcoming "Human Fly" movie Tony Babinski, Jason Baroody, Paul Mason and Kathryn Renta. Edited by and featuring the contributions of cartoonist Michael Aushenker (the "El Gato, Crime Mangler" series, "Cartoon Flophouse")..."

'Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?' by author Andrez Bergen, (and featuring a pin-up by Paul Mason), is now available to order via Amazon and Book Depository.

Cheers all.