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Habibi: a new graphic novel by Craig Thompson

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By Sam Octigan in New Illustration on Tuesday 27 December 2011

The long awaited follow up to Craig Thompson’s multi-award winning graphic novel, Blankets. Habibi revisits familiar personal themes for the author but set in a foreign land. An epic accomplishment on all fronts, taking close to seven years to complete, it’s an intense visual experience, another moving tale of love and a thoughtful look at […]

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Video for Japanese band Mono’s Follow The Map

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By Sam Octigan in New Music on Saturday 24 December 2011

In early October, I was lucky enough to experience the Japanese post-rock instrumental quartet Mono, accompanied by the Holy Ground Orchestra as part of the Melbourne Festival. A sweeping, emotive 90 minute spectacle of both joy and sorrow, made stronger by the accompanying full orchestra and the perfect venue of the Forum Theatre.

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Nintendo fan art by Niklas Jansson

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By Sam Octigan in New Illustration on Saturday 29 October 2011

I’m not sure exactly what Niklas Jansson does. Something in game development, I think. But I’m certain we would have gotten along as kids. He has a thing for redesigning all the best Nintendo games, like Metroid, Rygar, and Mega Man; he loves vintage Lego, robots, and table top games; and is a master painter […]

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The floating garden islands of Amiens

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By Sam Octigan in Cool Travel on Saturday 29 October 2011

This is a patchwork of floating garden islands located in the Northern French city of Amiens. It’s a method of farming practiced in the region since the Middle Ages. A flower and vegetable market is held on Sundays, but the real experience is taking a tour of the canals by boat. Magic.

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New work from Melbourne artist Sam Octigan

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By Sam Octigan in New Art on Saturday 29 October 2011

I’m an artist and illustrator from Melbourne, working across fine art, apparel, poster and album art. On top of that, I front the hardcore/punk band Iron Mind. Recently releasing our debut LP, I took care of the cover art and decided to produce some quality, limited edition prints. You can check those, along with the rest of my work here.

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Michael Jackson, Prince and James Brown on stage together

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By Sam Octigan in Video on Saturday 29 October 2011

There’s a special energy when heavyweights share the stage. Like The Last Waltz, or whenever Danzig did Last Caress with Metallica. This might hold the crown though. James Brown and his band playing with BB King in 83, invites both Michael Jackson on stage, who gets spirits up, and then Prince, who brings the house […]

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Mars-1

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By Sam Octigan in New Art on Friday 28 October 2011

Looking at a Mars-1 piece has to be a bit like getting sucked into a black hole, right? The master of wild pattern, geometry and color opens his first solo show in San Francisco since 2005, at the FFDG temporary space on 11.11.11.

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Stone Roses announce reunion tour for June 2012

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By Sam Octigan in New Events on Friday 28 October 2011

So, after more than fifteen years of denying they would ever reunite, the legendary Manchester band has done just that, announcing three shows next June and selling those out in record breaking time. Met with both speculation from critics as a
cash grab and as the second coming/the resurrection/what the world’s been waiting for (take your pick) from fans, at least King Monkey and Squire are mates again.

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