ANGIE SPICE: Angie Spice released her debut series Courier, the adventures Of Geraldine Barker set in Tasmania 1940s, in 2016, with a final issue due later this year. In 2016, Angie won the Australian 24 Hour Comic Book Challenge with Galah Girl and has also produced an autobiographical zine titled Angie in Have You seen La La Land? In 2018, Angie won the live Madman ‘draw off’ competition. Her style is reflective of retro manga.
JAKE LAWRENCE: Jake is a cartoonist from Melbourne. In the past he had a comic called Teen Dog published by Boom! Studios. He's worked in animation as a story-boarder and he's currently making a couple of webcomics. he also likes birds – ask him about his favourite birds or tell him about yours!
MARLO MOGENSEN: Marlo Mogensen is a 26 year old cartoonist. He makes hot and fun cartoon drawings about being gay and neurotic.
D. MAURELLI: D. Maurelli is a Queensland-based cartoonist residing on the Gold Coast. His comic Here’s Hoping is an introspective look at the chaos of everyday life. It pulls apart the painfully awkward moments that can define or destroy us with its cast of misfit characters as they find their way in the world.
CREASEMARKS: Chris Marks is a wild, nocturnal animator and comics artist. Don't shine light directly onto them as they are terrified of it. Chris will be debuting their new, post-apocalyptic, romance comic; Everybody Skeletons at Homecooked.
URBIFROG: urbigfrog is an illustrator and multimedia artist who creates plush-work toys, clay sculptures, zines, comics and illustrations. Their artworks explore experiences of the body as queer and trans people of colour, trauma, and diaspora. Their work has appeared in Pencilled In Magazine, the Comic Sans Anthology and Voiceworks magazine.
SAMANTHA BOYD: Samantha Boyd is a cartoonist, illustrator and zine-maker based in Melbourne. She creates her work largely as a form of self-expression, and finds it cathartic and helpful to create a visual narrative from thoughts and experiences.
MIRA SCHLOSBERG: Mira Schlosberg is a writer, editor and comics artist whose work focuses on spirituality, ecotheology, pop music and gay stuff. Mira's comic book, Guidebook to Queer Jewish Spirituality is available through Glom Press.
ALISHA JADE: Alisha Jade is from Brisbane and enjoys ramen, comics and gardening. Preferred pronouns are she/her/they/them.
NATHAN ONIAS: Nathan is a comics creator and educator who makes illustrations, comics, and pancakes under the banner of Crispy Cola Studio. He likes working in traditional media, especially ink, and exploring the various disciplines that are involved in comics-making. Nathan's favourite colour is green, he enjoys Super Nintendo, swimming, and classic Margaritas.
KANE ARCHER: Drawing since early childhood and Inspired by comic strips, cartoons, and later by lowbrow art and typography, this will be Kane’s first time exhibiting 15 years worth of his work. (Not including two larger titles.) Kane will have seven books and ten original mixed media paintings at Homecooked.
TINA TRAN: A Melbourne-based freelance illustrator and graphic designer who has a tendency to absentmindedly drift off into another dimension. Her work is often playfully bizarre, drawing inspiration from mid-century illustrations and design, vintage animation and classic children's book characters.
POSSUMPRODUCTIONS: Niamh Noble is a Melbourne artist working under the name ‘Possumproductions’, creating various forms of art such as video games, writing, cross stitching and of course, comics! With a focus on human stories with supernatural elements, Possumproductions hopes to engage readers with relatable content enhanced by demons and bright colours.
SARAH IRELAND (PRETTY FLY FOR A SHY GUY): Born and raised in Perth, WA, Sarah is an illustrator and comics enthusiast now living and creating in Melbourne. Her passions include 80’s movie monsters, The X Files, old Nokia phones, and 3D printing. These may or may not feature regularly in her works.
ALIENMANDY: Mandy is a third year student at RMIT's Bachelor of Design (Animation and Interactive Media). She also works as an art teacher for primary-school aged kids at Kisdoo Art Studio & Learning Centre. Her favourite things to do include reading, working on zines, and watching tokusatsu shows, as well as drawing her OCs.
JENNIFER REUTER: Jennifer Reuter is a German-born, Melbourne-raised visual storyteller, who delves in illustration, comic art and animation to interpret a variety of stories from light-hearted humorous adventures, to ambiguous eerie plots and flawed characters. Her recent projects include self-published short comics Katabatic and Snap.
GREGORY MACKAY: Gregory Mackay has been making comics since school. He enjoys drawing and watercolour painting. He likes drawing aeroplanes and machines, as well as building models and painting pictures. Both Anders and the Comet and Anders and the Volcano, his first books for children, have also been published in France. His next book The Adventures of Anders is due out in September.
ELOISE GRILLS: Eloise Grills is an award-winning writer, comics artist and poet living in Melbourne, but like all esteemed Melbourne writers they are actually from Geelong. Their graphic novel, Sexy Female Murderesses, was published by Glom Press in 2018, and their debut poetry collection, If you’re sexy and you know it slap your hams, will be published by Subbed In very soon.
TIM STILES: Big Tim Stiles is a writer, podcaster, and actor who has worked in the creative arts for over two decades. After four years of writing comic book reviews he dove into writing. Big Tim's struggles with depression and chronic pain have informed and fuelled his comic GORILLA MY DREAMS.
TIFF YUE: Tiffany Yue likes cats and death/life advice and her comics are also about that.
EMILY N3VER: Emily N3ver makes zines and illustrations. N3ver draws from the subjects of mortality, sexuality and horror. Her drawings directly respond to her experience as a bisexual female artist. Inspired by the concept of flawed beauty and living legends, N3ver creates Modern Mythology.
JO WAITE: Jo Waite is a Melbourne-based queer comic artist, illustrator and writer. She has worked in comics and Community arts for more than 30 years, as well as self-publishing comics, stories, collage, diaries and calendars. In 2017 she was the recipient of a State Library of Victoria creative fellowship. (And she is the illustrator of our amazing homepage art!)
ALEX E CLARK: Alex e Clark makes comics and zines about cats, folklore, body horror, and Lee Pace. She lives in Melbourne and runs the annual zine fair, Hallozeen. She makes comics to mitigate mortality, setting motes of self adrift from her decaying meat vehicle.
IVE SOROCUK: Ive Sorocuk has been creating minicomics for too long and making videogames for not long enough. His works include Comics Face, The Diggables, Awesomeness and the multiple-path minicomic Tiny Cowboys. All of these works contain jokes of varying quality.
DANGERLAM: Kim is an illustrator and self-proclaimed spy living in Melbourne with hypergraphia and a cat named π.
She enjoys wresting secrets from the universe through the reading of books and people, and manifesting some of this in her drawings. Occasionally she saves furry little lives by moonlighting as a veterinarian.
FRANKENCOMIX: Frank Candiloro is a comic writer/illustrator from Melbourne who has self-published over 30 comics under the publishing label of FrankenComics. Although these comics take influence from classic genres such as horror, sci-fi, and westerns (among others), they also incorporate themes including body dysphoria, identity, and gender, and relate these themes through the more fantastical aspects of genre fiction. Frank’s comics have been nominated for several awards, including the Bronze Ledger Award in 2015 for Monster Zero.
MAEVE BAKER: Maeve is a Melbourne based animator, illustrator and comic artist. She struggles to put down her pen, seeking to communicate relatable content in interesting ways. Since the completion of her Bachelor of Animation in 2017, Maeve has self-published seven comic books and has been employed on an array of freelance projects for clients in Melbourne and Brisbane.
COMIC SANS: Comic Sans is a serialized anthology of outstanding Australian comics, edited by Leah Jing Mcintosh (Liminal Magazine) and Rachel Ang.
EDIE BUSH: Edie Bush is a comics maker, footy player, and “easily excited”. She/they is currently studying Honours (Creative Writing) at the University of Melbourne, and has been published in Voiceworks. She grew up in two towns in regional NSW, but has lived on the unceded lands of the Kulin Nations for five years.
VANN LAW: At seven years old, she dropped a pencil. It bounced on its eraser end, and lodged its graphite head into her shin. Vann now almost exclusively draws on her tablet.
JESS DUBBLU: Jess Dubblu is mostly known for making fun of her boyfriend on the internet. She is a very sarcastic person, who is thankful that comics exist so she can publicly and appropriately be as mean as possible with little to no consequences. Mwahahahaha.
MATHEW STANDFIELD AND NICHOLAS HEWITT: Mathew and Nicholas are a team originating from Melbourne's south east, with a passion for putting extraordinary people in ordinary situations, leading to comical slice-of-life, fish out of water situations.
HARRY McLEAN: Harry makes comics in melbourne. He's had work published by Going Down Swinging, Voiceworks, Minimum Wage, Strike Rate! and Above Water. He posts on insta every few fortnights.
SOPHIA PARSONS COPE: Soph Parsons Cope likes to eat snacks and draw dogs, and the snacks just ran out. Are there any more snacks?
JACK IOANNOU: Jack is a 16-year-old artist from Melbourne. He’s been drawing and writing stories ever since he can remember. He loves Batman and Gothic literature, which inspire his work. He’s attended art and comic art classes held by Dean Rankine and Nathan Onias. He loves creating art and comics and seeing stories and characters come to life.
CREEPY CHEESE: Stephanie Ochona, aka Creepy Cheese, is a Brisbane-bred, Melbourne-based illustrator who uses mixed mediums to create whimsical comics and zines about food, language, and two plant friends called Pip & Pop.
TOM ECCLES: Tom Eccles is a Melbourne based freelance artist. He focuses mostly on making cute comics, animations and illustrations that all ages can enjoy. 80% of everything he makes usually has something to do with wizards, the other 20% is autobiographical. He hopes to one day merge those categories into one.
TEGAN NEW: Tegan is an illustrator from Melbourne drawing comics about detective stories with a dwarf and an elf, and love stories about food.
ARIEL SLAMET RIES: Ariel Slamet Ries is an Ignatz nominated eggplant fanatic and long-time lover of dogs in snoods from Melbourne, Australia. They studied animation for four years before throwing away the prestige and money to pursue comics. Their first two major print releases, Witchy and Cry Wolf Girl, are out this year.
TOM TUNG: Tom Tung is a Melbourne cartoonist whose works include the daily Mini Tom web-comic (which just passed its 1500 day milestone) as well as many other works including Key Fighters – a Japanese-inspired superhero comic, Horse Gun Mouth – an absurdist adventure, and Queen of Action a fold-out poster comic.
CHRIS GOOCH: Chris Gooch is a Melbourne based cartoonist. His first graphic novel, Bottled, was published in 2017 and his second, Under-Earth, is currently being serialised in three parts over 2019.
GARY PROUDLEY (art pictured by Sacha Bryning): Since age ten, Gary has had a love of comics, exactly the kind of love you’d expect to hear about in a bio like this. He has been assistant editor on a number of Gestalt titles, including The Deep, and his own writing credits include Proud Heart and Talgard.
CLEA CHILLER: Clea Chiller is an artist and illustrator who works out of Squishface Comic Studio in Brunswick. Her deeply personal works focus on her battles with mental and physical illness. She has exhibited work at Platform Contemporary Arts Spaces, Seventh Gallery and Bruce Artist Run. She is the creator of Garbage Bags, a series of darkly humorous autobiographical zines, and has had comics published by The Lifted Brow and Doll Hospital Journal.
HALFTONE PRODUCTIONS: Halftone Productions is a hub of indie creators striving to release comics that captivate an audience visually and in story. 2019 will see the realest of six new comics in the ever growing series of The Talking Bread, Super Ready Battle Armor, and In Purgatory, and new episodes of the hit podcast series The Halftone Effect.
ZIGGY FIRTH: Ziggy Firth is a Melbourne-based visual artist focused on illustration, painting and zine making. Her zines and illustrations feature messages revolving around body positivity and fat acceptance, mental health and feminism. She writes about her personal experiences and about her obsessions, and her medium of choice is pen and texta.
BEN PEARMAIN: Making up stories for a toddler every night has inspired recent comics about skeletons with lollipops, monster-truck driving pumpkins who need to get to Coles, camels that are too stinky for day-care, and diplodocuses that are friends with little boys. Ben draws and makes patterns @bengarrybenross, and exits shame spirals @Pearmaintenance_mode.
DRAGON LASKA: Dragon Laska is a fantasy webcomic written and illustrated by Meroaw and Batwing Tensei. Join the adventure with six dragons and their riders as they follow in the footsteps of their prophetic ancestors. Chai Bean's first comic will also be on sale at the Dragon Laska table.
BEN MITCHELL: Ben Mitchell is a cartoonist and illustrator from Newcastle, New South Wales. He has been independently producing the comic series Storm Clouds for several years, exploring themes of mental health and satirising millennial culture through a convoluted neo-noir crime drama. He lives in a two-bedroom apartment above a bubble tea cafe in Newcastle West with a camera operator named Stephen.
JEREMY REJTMAN: Jeremy is an 8-year-old comic-book maker and the creator of the Ninja Hedgehog universe. He'll be sharing his comics about a crime-fighting hedgehog and her loyal entourage. Jeremy likes to work in graphite and colour pencil.
ALEX SMITH: Originally from the UK, Alex has contributed to a number of independent British publications. Since arriving in Australia in 2007, Alex has been concentrating on his own books. Loner is an anthology title, featuring the likes of Madblue and English. SSOB Story collects and continues the evolving story of Dog!
VOXOLLOUS: Brittany Nosworthy, is a 20-year-old Melbourne based illustrator and designer, currently attending RMIT University and studying animation. Her passion lies in monsters, giant robots, tokusatsu and OCs! Brittany’s been drawing her whole life, starting digitally at the start of high school, and continuing ever since.
EMILIE WALSH: Emilie is a Melbourne-based artist, currently finishing her PhD at the Victorian College of the Arts. She works with a range of media, from comics and illustration to video, printmaking and 3D printing. Her illustrations have been published by The Lifted Brow, and she self-published her first comic book in 2018 with Tree Paper Comics in Melbourne.
TATIANA DAVIDSON: Tatiana likes making surreal horror comics about nightmarish situations dropping into the lives of everyday people.
NATALIE MICHELLE WATSON: Natalie Michelle Watson is an illustrator and comic artist who is known for her series Drongo, a wacky homage to the Australian 1990s. Bring your shiniest dollar coins to use with the Tiny Tatts Machine and get some cute temporary tattoos! They’ll make your life at least 20% more fun!
RICHARD MOORE: Richard Moore is a music writer, author, cartoonist, queer and general obsessive from Perth, now Melbourne. His heavy monochrome character style pairs with a dry sense of humour and eye for detail (and a strong black coffee, if you’re inclined). Expect sweet, funny comic zines about British bands this Homecooked.
PILKO: Andrew Pilkington is a Melbourne based cartoonist. He is currently self-publishing his own comic book series 'MOLE' - an anthology comprising of naked mole rats, how-to guides and dangerous lips.
BRIAR ROLFE: Briar Rolfe is a zinester, graphic designer and illustrator. They’re passionate about stories, friendship and found family, but also mainly about ghosts and space and heists. They love finding the space between goofiness and sincerity and just building a little narrative house right in there.
THOM NGUYEN: Thom is a Vietnamese-Australian comic artist, illustrator and zinester in Melbourne. She's really into risography.
SCARLETTE BACCINI: Scarlette Baccini is a comic book author and freelance illustrator, best known for her b-grade comic series Zombolette. Her work occupies a wide spectrum of genres, from kids stories to comedy horror.
DR MIKE 2000: Mike Cooper is an Adelaide-based physicist, game programmer/designer and teacher by day. At night he becomes Dr Mike 2000, author of psychedelic superhero sci-fi, and writer/artist of the cult 12-issue comic Universe Gun, and more!
INDIGO RIPPER-STRANIERI: Indigo Ripper-Stranieri is a young visual artist living and studying in Melbourne. She looks to create stories representing deeper meaning, using metaphor for interesting interpretations, allowing the audience to contemplate the stories in their own way.
BRENT WILLIS: Brent C Willis is a Wellington-based comic maker in New Zealand. He has produced lots of comics and zines since 1997. His latest and most ambitious work is his full-coloured graphic novel Action Wizards vs the Sexy Robots. He also edits and publishes the Bristle Annual, a long-running anthology of alternative New Zealand comics.
JOSHUA SANTOSPIRITO: Joshua Santospirito is a graphic novelist, an artist, a musician and a writer who lives in Hobart, Tasmania. He enjoys sitting on his couch and avoiding making art, music and writing.
KATHY SARPI: Kathy Sarpi is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, animator and funny gal based in Melbourne. Since graduating in 2016 having completed a Bachelor of Fine Art at the Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne Kathy has worked predominantly in animation whilst also expanding her practice in painting, comics, collage and sculpture. Her award-winning graduate film Habits has been screened in festivals worldwide. Often in a vivid playful style, Kathy's works explore the performative nature of human experience, drawing attention to uncomfortable, awkward and humorous gestures.
JESS GLEESON: Jess fell in love with comics at age 9, and immediately wanted to make their own. Jess enjoys creating light hearted stories, fun for all ages – just like the comics they grew up with.
AILA STEFANSDOTTER-FRANCK: Aila Stefansdotter-Franck is a Swedish, Melbourne-based illustrator, journalist and writer. She makes comics about sexism, procrastination and general life stuff. Her zines follow a DIY aesthetic, inspired by punk music. Aila's art has previously appeared in the Underground Writers Zine, The Lifted Brow, Home Made Comics, and her own zines.
JIMMY TWIN: Jimmy Twin is a Melbourne-based writer, artist, curator and comic creator who recently published a children’s book ‘The Teddy Who Received No Hugs’ through a successful Kickstarter campaign as well as a comic series Frankie about a gay zombie trying to find love in a post-apocalyptic world.
ETHAN CATT: His name’s Ethan Catt, but you can call him Ethan Catt. Ethan is a Melbourne born-and-bred comics boy, and the writer/artist behind the webcomics #Same and An Exercise in Futility – two webcomics that are as humorous as they are existentially terrifying.
SON OF MAN: Eli Abidin has been collecting comic books since childhood. He dreamt of creating his own comic – the only issue was that he couldn’t draw. Benjamin Davies has been drawing every day since he was child. His issue was that he couldn’t write. Together they make the perfect team.
GARY DELLAR/REVERIE PUBLICATIONS: Reverie Publications promote comics and cartoonists in Australia, telling single gags or funny stories, sad stories, adventurous stories, horrendous stories and exciting stories. (Image here from Toby and the Magic Pencil #2, Story: Gary Dellar. Art: Ben Sullivan)
DARREN C. FISHER: Darren is also known as Storybordello Comics. His latest work includes a comic about communication psychology for The Conversation and a sci-fi romance-comic re-interpreting traditional polytheistic gods, which he presented at The International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference 2019 in Manchester. He likes cats and pastry.