Baker’s Dozen

Childhood recollections that I may assemble into an illustrated book:

Teenage Camelot

 Posted by on February 22, 2015  Lefties, Thoughts
Feb 222015
 
Teenage Camelot

*+-At around the age of 15, I met a group of older teenagers who’d already finished with high school, shared a house and lived on the dole. I thought they were the height of teen cool because they could do whatever they wanted; woah. I was still obliged to wear my school uniform and kow-tow to ‘the man’ [..READ MORE..]

Space FLiK

 Posted by on December 5, 2014  Childhood art, Drawings, Thoughts
Dec 052014
 
Space FLiK

*+-Recently, I found a small cardboard box that contains all the artwork, and the super-8 film spool of a movie I made when I was 15/16, for my final high school HSC art exam. This celluloid masterpiece was called SPACE FLiK, and was a hopelessly crude parody of Star Wars in the style of Mad magazine (two things [..READ MORE..]

The Time Trickster

 Posted by on September 1, 2014  Film/TV, Lefties, Reviews
Sep 012014
 
The Time Trickster

*+-Old plot details (and fan-enthusiasm!) refreshed by a Netflix marathon, we recently watched the theatrical, big screen debut of the 12th (or is it 13th?) actor to play DOCTOR WHO– that alien space/time traveller in the big blue box. As with last year’s 50th Birthday episode, likewise screened in movie theatres worldwide, this feature-length episode, entitled 'Deep Breath’, [..READ MORE..]

On Drawing

 Posted by on March 17, 2014  Childhood art, Drawings, Lefties, Thoughts
Mar 172014
 
On Drawing

*+-I have recently been wrestling with re-learning how to draw. The loss of my former ability has led me to reflect on what drawing has meant to me in my 30 year career as a cartoonist, and how and why I came to be so interested in drawing in the first place. Back when I was very little, [..READ MORE..]

A Boxing Day Far, Far, Away..

 Posted by on January 7, 2014  Film/TV, Lefties, Reviews
Jan 072014
 
A Boxing Day Far, Far, Away..

*+-It's difficult to preserve memory when your older-self's revised view constantly overwrites the original impression. How do you file a loving memory of someone you no-longer like? Or childhood memories of wonder, but of things now uncool? Do you owe it to your earlier-self to keep that first impression alive? One such moment, is a memory of awe [..READ MORE..]

Chook Hunter

 Posted by on October 26, 2013  Family, Lefties, Thoughts
Oct 262013
 
Chook Hunter

*+-My paternal grandfather lives on as a cheery, little hardworking gnome of a man in my memory, yet my favourite photo of him, snapped by a street photographer well before my own Dad was even born, shows an impossibly roguish little bugger in his prime, an antipodean George Raft wearing his hat cocked at a rakish angle with [..READ MORE..]

Oct 012013
 
Tomorrow, You Only Have Memories Forever, Again. Twice.

*+-As a child, going to the cinema was special. Seeing even a crummy movie back then was somehow way more fun than seeing an absolutely amazing movie is for me today. Of course, my childhood was in the pre-video era, when perhaps the anticipation of a movie and the fond memories of it afterward were greater than they [..READ MORE..]

Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

 Posted by on September 13, 2013  Family, Lefties, Thoughts
Sep 132013
 
Dogmatic vs Dogcentric

*+-When I was in grade two of Catholic primary school, we started to take catechism classes where such profound notions as 'Souls' and 'Immortality' were being bandied about, not to mention the biggies; 'Heaven', 'Hell' and 'God'. Both in the classroom and out in the playground, there was much discussion about these concepts and the ground rules that [..READ MORE..]

As seen on TV

 Posted by on October 31, 2011  Drawings, Thoughts
Oct 312011
 
As seen on TV

*+-The older I get the longer a haircut takes, despite having fewer and fewer actual hairs on my head to cut. A similar principal is in effect at a grand-master chess match: fewer game-pieces on the chessboard means longer deliberations between moves. Despite receding hair, getting a haircut now causes me no anxiety whatsoever. Ironically, I most worried [..READ MORE..]