Archive for March, 2010

Round 8 Exit Interview: Amber Carvan

March 7, 2010

1. What were you hoping to get out of rehab? Did you get it?

I love going into rehab. The rules and the peer pressure both help me to get back into the groove when I’m feeling, well, in need of some special treatment. This relapse round certainly didn’t disappoint. I finished the month feeling invigorated and bursting with ideas. In fact, I want to do it all over again. Oh dear, do you think I might be addicted to rehab? I wonder if there’s some sort of treatment program for that?

2. What was the most unexpected thing about this round?

I was unexpectedly relaxed about this round of rehab. I didn’t stress out too much about my comics (in comparison to my previous stint), didn’t get hung up on comments and I was relatively chilled about the whole process just working without much intervention on my part. What a wonderful relief!

3. What – about your own comics – made you happiest during this round?

I’m feeling very comfortable with my comics right now – and in a good way. While there are often things that I wish I could change, I’m generally very pleased with how they’re turning out. My consistency is improving. And occasionally I feel like I really nail an image which is a great feeling. My favourite image from this round is panel two of my final rehab comic – in bed with my phone.

4. What – about your fellow rehabbers’ comics – made you happiest during this round?

I adored all my fellow round 08 rehabbers before we even started and their lovely work made me admire them even more.

Helen’s drawing is so tight at the moment it makes me want to eat whatever it is that she’s having for breakfast. Being a lovely spinster myself, I thought her lovely spinster series was a delight!

I was really impressed with the attitude that Adam came in with – ie, to not get stressed out and to go back to basics. I think he did a marvelous job and I really liked the way his story took off (and landed).

Nicola’s drawings are awe-inspiring. My favourite thing about her pics are the incidentals – children climbing monkey-like over fences, street cars, cafes, tattoos. She is tops talent.

5. Are you rehabilitated now?

Irrevocably.

6. Where can people see your comics in the future?

I’m thinking of going old school and putting out a regular mini-comic again. But hang on, I think I may have said that last time. I detect a pattern!

Seriously though. I have a heap of projects on the boil at the moment and am interested in experimenting with some new ways of telling stories through comics. You can stay tuned to @berrybasket on Twitter for breaking news.

* Lying face down on the trampoline – drawing my shadow.

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Round 8 Exit Interview: Miss Helen

March 3, 2010

I blame Peter Garrett.

1. What were you hoping to get out of rehab? Did you get it?
Something to fill in time during feb! Yes, I got it. Also forced practice/creativity.
I’d totally fallen into a creative gulch, and now feel like I’m climbing the rope out. I’ll probably use these comics in a zine, and, like Adam, had been feeling the not good enough bullshite that plagues us creative types.

2. What was the most unexpected thing about this round?
That I wasn’t organised enough to get my comic done before I went to bunny sit. I feel bad about that. ¬†Also, how much better my drawing is compared to that in the last round. I am shocked! Practicing really really really helps!

3. What – about your own comics – made you happiest during this round
Turning the idea of the lovely spinster into a comic. My lovely spinster entourage giving me ideas about what to draw. Growing confident enough to draw right away in pen(no sketchin) and also I did little character studies of things I was unsure about, like of the dog in the last comic. I was also happy with the balance between sweetness, darkness and cheekiness in this series.

4. what – about your fellow rehabbers’ comics – made you happiest during this round?
Amber’s earthiness, spot colouring +fragility, Adam’s Nacho ravioli(and daughter’s’s colouring in), Nicola’s Monkey Boy’s sleeve.

5. Are you rehabilitated now?
Hells yes!!! I hope I can keep it up. Maybe at the self imposed rate of 1x comic per week?

6. Where can people see your comics in the future?
In zines, I suppose. Hopefully by the time the next zine fair rolls around, I’ll be feeling all sane and able and will go an sell. Otherwise there’s my bloggygog http://www.spycore.net , or my flickr http://flickr.com/photos/spycore . I’m studying design at the moment, and trying my best not to overtax the self in order to avoid bad.

7. Any suggestions for future rounds?
More comic boy groupies would have been nice. I’d like some sort of routine maintenance round, or something, that asks graduates to come back for a check up or something?

This picture is vain, but it shows the artist in her natural environment. Thanks everyone +sorry for commenting while still logged into the comic rehab account(hopefully I edited them to say it was me) and for uploading images in a state of panic multiple times and getting confused, generally, and to Amber for needing to sms me at the end of many days to make sure I was ok(love love love!!!!). xoxoxooxoxxoxxoxo

Round 8 exit interview: Adam Ford

March 3, 2010

1. What were you hoping to get out of rehab? Did you get it?

I guess I was looking to rekindle my confidence in my ability to create new things. I very easily get sucked into the literary equivalent of pushing your food around the plate to make it look more empty: editing and editing poems and never declaring them “finished”, getting zines ready to print but never printing them, stalling everything at the proofreading stage… something like rehab, which forces you to commit to creating new stuff on a regular basis, is the kind of thing that I generally respond well to.

In the end, I had a new 28-panel comic strip that I didn’t have before, and I’m pretty happy with that.

2. What was the most unexpected thing about this round?

I wasn’t expecting Nacho Ravioli, but I’m glad she turned up.

3. What – about your own comics – made you happiest during this round?

The way that I got a feel for drawing the two main characters. They sort of gained more definition re: their visuals every time I drew them. They’re quite well defined in my mind – and on the page – now, as opposed to the sketchy way they appeared when I first thought of them.

The other thing that made me happy was how friendly and encouraging and NICE everyone was in the comments. It really felt like our own little happy comic-loving community.

4. what – about your fellow rehabbers’ comics – made you happiest during this round?

I particularly liked the way people were taking photos of their comics instead of scanning them. There was something scruffy and handmade about that approach that I really liked.

As for fave strips from each of my fellows:

5. Are you rehabilitated now?

Oh I hope so. I have form, though. I may have to come back for another post-relapse round.

6. Where can people see your comics in the future?

Best place to find out what I’m doing creatively (or not doing, as the case may be) is my website: http://theotheradamford.wordpress.com.

7. Any suggestions for future rounds?

More photos! More spot colour! What about rounds that are defined by their technique? A crayon round, a texta round, a pencil round, a cut-n-paste round, a vector art round…

Round 08: Complete

March 3, 2010

Congrats to the participating artists for Round 08! There were some small hiccups but we all made it through – hooray! Thanks also to everyone who popped by to have a look and supported us with your comments.

Comic Artist Rehab is recruiting for a Round 09 in March – please send an email or leave a comment if you’re interested in participating.

PS. Round 08 Rehab exit interviews will be up shortly. Stay tuned!

Round 8 : Day 25 Take Two

March 1, 2010


I apologise for the lateness and for ending up in the rest home before the end of rehab and not planning ahead. Thankyou everyone for the rehab relapse support, and I’m going to go and upload the scans of the comics now! xoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxxoxoxoxoxoxox all my eternal lovin, miss helen