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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?


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.

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:

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 28

February 28, 2010

Round 8: Day twenty7

February 27, 2010

Well, that was a lot of fun. This bird is landed – not sure if it’s in one piece, but it’s on the ground at least.

Round 08: Day 26

February 26, 2010

And that’s the way that my visit to rehab ends… not with a bang but a whimper. It’s been great fun!

Round 8 : Day 24

February 24, 2010

Round 8: Day 23

February 23, 2010

I think the colour on this page is Esther’s – she’s one and a half. It was already on the page when I started the comic.

I posted this last night but I wasn’t happy with it, so this morning I snuck into Photoshop and rearranged the panels. I think it’s better now.

Round 08: Day 22

February 22, 2010

Of course I learned to love the Mountain Goats but I still maintain that this particular song could be used as a defence for homicide in a court of law: ‘But your honour, he was playing ‘We Have Seen the Enemy’ really loudly and I was in an enclosed space!’ Go listen to it if you don’t believe me. Yeah, it starts off fine – JUST YOU WAIT!

Incidentally, the only other song that has the same effect on me is The Yip Song by Robyn Hitchcock (whose other songs I also really love).

Anyway, back to Strath Creek. I can’t remember the date that we went on this drive but it was pretty special and remarkably well documented.

And of course, the lovely Marky went on to write a beautiful song about that day.

Round 8: Day 19 (1 day late)

February 20, 2010

(i recommend clickenation for embiggenising for this one)

Ah yes. We’ve had no power in our house since last night. No electrickery means no modem. We’ve got a workaround now, so here I am, a day late but still here. Colouring credit for this one goes to my 3yo daughter Oonagh. Our first online artistic collaboration!