A new webcomic, a Patreon account and an award are the highlights for this month!

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Some new developments to report this month!

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2015 CONVENTION SCHEDULE UPDATE
Not only am I heading up north for SUGAR CITY CON (alongside Becky Cloonan, no less!) in Mackay at the end of August, I’m also heading to Cairns next weekend for TROPICON too!

These smaller, regional events are really what excites me more than the big, established conventions – because it’s an opportunity to reach folks that don’t normally get to experience pop culture events like this. There’s also much less competition, and a stronger focus on just comic books, rather than tv and movie celebrities.

To celebrate these two events, I’m putting together a couple of limited edition prints, featuring Killeroo making the trip up north. The artwork was only just completed today, and is in the hands of the talented colorist of the WINTER CITY comic books, David Aravena.

For now though, here’s the original inks for these two prints.

prints

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Melbourne Comics Quarterly #2MELBOURNE COMICS QUARTERLY (MCQ)
Since the last update there’s already been a second issue of MCQ – starting a new Killeroo story drawn by Adam Rose, as well as a spectacular cover by Sebastian Ciaffaglione (right). TOWNSHIP MINE looks at the conflict between outback original towns and the mining companies that want to take them over.

And the next issue is just around the corner two, featuring part two of the same story, so keep an eye out for that one in the next month!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out MCQ yet, you can pick up the first two issues here:
http://killeroo.bigcartel.com/

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STRUGGLE – A 24hr COMIC
The annual 24hr Comic Challenege happened recently, and I dove in to draw the first sequential story I’ve done in years. It features Killeroo, becoming the manifestation of my inner demons and looks at depression and the nasty things we say to ourselves to keep us down and afraid. It gets pretty dark, but was also quite a liberating experience – putting it all out there on front street.

It was pretty well received too, so I’m pretty chuffed! 🙂

You can read the story here for free: http://tinyurl.com/px3nb8r
Or you can buy a copy of the limited edition comic here: http://darrenclose.bigcartel.com/product/struggle

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GANGWARS UPDATE
This project has been put on the backburner for a while, but now that I’m back in sequential mode, those remaining stories will be drawn over the next few months so that finally, the 250+ pages of Gangwars Goodness can finally see the light of day! More info in the next update.

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That’s about it for now. For all the latest news, the best place is the Killeroo facebook page, or if you’re on twitter, check us out at twitter.com/killeroo

Hooroo for now!

 

Darren Close

Some new developments to report this month!

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MELBOURNE COMICS QUARTERLY (MCQ)

Melbourne Comics Quarterly #1Killeroo is part of a new quarterly book that showcases locally produced comics. It’s the brainchild of VELOCITY publisher Neville Howard, and will contain serialised versions of comics like FROM ABOVE, THAT BULLETPROOF KID and FALLING STAR, as well as new content including POKI THE RABBIT AND KILLEROO.

The first issue has just launched over the Australia Day weekend, and includes an exclusive Rufus story written by Paul Bedford (THE LIST), and art by Sid Lien with colours by Matty Taylor. It’s a story I’ve wanted to publish for a few years, but never really had the right spot for it.

The second issue will begin a new Killeroo story, written by myself and featuring art by THE CRAYFISH’ Adam Rose. This story will run for 3 issues of MCQ in serialised form, and looks at the corruption of government and mining conglomerates and their impact on remote aboriginal communities. I’m excited to be collaborating with Sebastian Ciaffaglione on the cover right now!

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GANGWARS UPDATE
One of the things holding back this anthology has been one of the key early stories not being drawn yet, a 16-pager that really establishes Rufus’ crew and setting the scene for the rest of the book. I’m pleased to now be collaborating with Sarah Murray on this one now, who is putting the planned GENESIS project to one side for the moment to help get GANGWARS done. Bless her little cotton socks!

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2015 CONVENTION SCHEDULE *UPDATE*
I’m pleased to announce I’ll be attending SUGAR CITY CON on the 29th & 30th August 2015 at the Mackay Showgrounds. I’ve never been there before, but after all the great feedback I’ve heard from last year’s event, it should be a blast!

No other conventions are booked in at this stage.

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That’s about it for now. For all the latest news, the best place is the Killeroo facebook page, or if you’re on twitter, check us out at twitter.com/killeroo

Hooroo for now!

 

Darren Close

Unfortunately there’s not a lot to report since the July update.

This is primarily due to open heart surgery, where I had a valve replacement to fix a birth defect of my aorta. It did result in a pretty wicked scar though, one that would rival even Rufus’! But it’s definitely put me on my arse for a while.

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Art by Arthur StricklandI’ve still managed to get a bit of GANGWARS done here and there, but not a great deal. But I was able to get a bit of a boost from fellow comic publisher Pat Purcell (of Winter City Productions), who reviewed most of the completed stories from an editorial perspective. With a few exceptions, he thought they’re coming together nicely – a little positive feedback (when operating largely in a vacuum) goes a LONG way, believe me!

I’ve mainly been trying to decide the best flow for these stories, and as such which will appear in volume one and which will appear in volume two. I’m still planning to crowdfund the printing of these books, but not until it’s literally print-ready – so it will probably run in February or thereabouts.

The format for the books is that every story is preceded by a chapter heading page, and some new art has been created just for these pages – take a look at this great work from Arthur Strickland (right).

It also looks like we’ve got a great venue confirmed for the launch a few months later, should be great!

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Emmanuel Hernaez is still working away steadily on THE STONES OF KARANTJIIRINJA at a rate of about a page a week, and I’ve rarely had to make any change requests at all. This guy really knows what he’s doing, and every page looks better than the last. Chronologically, it does take place after the GANGWARS saga, so I’m more than happy to wait a bit longer for such great pages.

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I have scripting to do as well, mainly to finish the GENESIS story that goes back to the origin of the character, which as touched on briefly in SCARS. I’ve got the amazing Sarah Murray chomping at the bit to draw it, and it sets up sveral future Killeroo stories and long-running plot points as well. There’s no solicitation date at this time – as with STONES it’s a case of “as long as it takes” the artist to weave their magic!

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There’s also a fully plotted story I’m working on with The Crayfish‘ Adam Rose, which involves a big mining company taking over a small country town. Adam’s thumbnails look great, so we’ll be moving forward on this one very soon.

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The YOUNG RUFUS ADVENTURES all-ages book has stalled a bit, juggling so many projects at once means at least one is going to suffer a bit. It’s mainly down to finding artists with a suitable cartoony style. But there is a Chris McQuinlan story in the works, so that will undoubtedly kickstart the book when it comes in!

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As usual, there’s folks waiting on me to complete some sequential pages for a couple of Killeroo projects – one being the long-running VELOCITY saga, as well as a few pages for Ryan Wilton’s MADBILLYROO project. They’ve been something of a chain around my neck progress-wise, so the aim is to finally finish both of them early in the new year. I still don’t know what it is about sequentials that stops me in my tracks, but it’s clearly something I need to deal with if I’m going to improve as a comic artist!

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2015 CONVENTION SCHEDULE
At this stage I’m mainly looking at a couple of the smaller events, such as SUGAR CITY CON and possibly the new TROPICON. I’d like to do Sydney SUPANOVA again, but it depends on how the finances go. The upfront costs of the larger conventions really make it difficult to break even, let alone turn a profit – so while the experience is always a blast, it’s tough economically. We’ll see how it goes, hopefully the new books will justify some more appearances.

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That’s about it for now. For all the latest news, the best place is the Killeroo facebook page, or if you’re on twitter, check us out at twitter.com/killeroo

Hooroo for now!

 

Darren Close

It’s been awhile since the last update, so let’s bring you up to speed on a few projects…

preview_scars_coverKILLEROO: SCARS

The long-awaited origin story of Killeroo was launched in March as part of the BIG ARSE 4 comic launch, and has since sold out of the initial 100 copy print run. A further 300 were printed and is available from selected comic stores (and we’re working on developing a wider network of stores as you read this). You can also purchase it from the STORE link at the top-right of this page.

It’s also the first Killeroo comic to be available via Comixology.

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