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Humanity captured through comics: art by Marc Pearson

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By Dave Mahler in New Illustration on Saturday 16 November 2013

I hope he doesn’t mind the comparison, but I see Marc Pearson as the Adam Elliot of comics. Not in that he’s an adorable gay man who brings up his dogs every time I hound him after a lecture (creepy stalker David, bad…). More in that his focus seems to be on struggling humans, doing […]

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Austraian comic artist Dave Mahler launches his first book length work

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By Dave Mahler in New Illustration on Friday 1 November 2013

I don’t think my friends like me when I talk comics. I get heated, I defend the medium with gusto. No, I’m not talking superheroes – some are cool, most are pubescent boy fantasies catered to man-children. I’m talking indie, alternative, underground art. Comics are an art form unto itself. The medium has its own […]

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Deeply detailed comic illustrations by Plump Oyster

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By Dave Mahler in New Illustration on Monday 21 October 2013

Benjamin Sea, aka Plump Oyster, must be a very patient man. I tried ripping on his style this one time…and only one time. Because, my god, I can’t even fathom the time and skill that goes into his deeply complex, detailed and sprawling images. What’s amazing is that his images are so stylised yet still […]

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Comic artist Katie Parrish mixes text from personal diary entries with images of sex workers in action

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By Dave Mahler in New Art on Thursday 3 October 2013

Katie Parrish creates complex, moving comic works. Over the past year her output has exploded, and her subject matter has branched out in all directions to keep up with her relentless fine liner. Human stories seem to be the jumping off point. My favourite series involves the juxtaposition of text from her personal diary entries […]

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Hyper-detailed watercolour comics by Evie Cahir

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By Dave Mahler in New Art on Friday 27 September 2013

I’m jealous of Evie Cahir. It seems every day brings another interview and another hundred plus notes on tumblr. Her work is simply divine: intricate, hyper-detailed watercolour and graphite pieces that put the majority of the NGV to shame. Her use of line is exciting, skewing perspective in just the right places to remind you […]

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VIDEO: A Gift to Haiti by Matt LaFontaine

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By Dave Mahler in Video on Thursday 3 May 2012

A good friend brought my attention to this impressive little video, and I’m very thankful he did. As children of the digital-creative age, it’s so easy for us to become wrapped up in music videos, high art, fashion and what not. I find it refreshing to be reminded of the wider world. And if a video can achieve that with beautiful cinematography and music, so much the better.

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Animated video for Melbourne indie band Francolin

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By Dave Mahler in New Music on Wednesday 14 March 2012

I’ve just finished co-directing and animating a clip with Marisa Lai for Melbourne-based indie pop act Francolin. The super catchy track is already enjoying Triple J airtime. The clip combines frantic, dancy individuals with ecstatic and emotive abstract animation, culminating in a free falling climax that is open for interpretation. The single will be officially launched […]

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Cartoonist, musician and animator Dave Mahler

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By Dave Mahler in New Art on Thursday 19 January 2012

I’m a Melbourne-based music video director, cartoonist, musician and animator. I directed my first clip back in 2009 and I’ve been working towards my dream as a feature length film director ever since. Comics have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, and I’m just gearing up to put […]

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Born Gold: a band out of Alberta, Canada

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By Dave Mahler in New Music on Friday 13 January 2012

Back when they were going by the name Gobble Gobble, these guys released a hefty sum of free digital singles, each more frantic, catchy, poppy, and astounding than the last. Recently redubbed Born Gold, the group released their debut LP, Bodysongs, to entirely unsurprising universal acclaim.

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Sam Wallman’s comic book Being Born is Going Blind

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By Dave Mahler in New Illustration on Friday 13 January 2012

Sam Wallman has recently released his second art/comic book, Being Born is Going Blind. Young and prolific like every forward thinking creative these days, Wallman’s work is jammed full of witty observations, societal critique and chilling world truths. At times his dense line work and blatant opinions can be overwhelming, but after taking a minute to absorb his undeniably considered and coy morals you can’t turn back.

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