It was announced earlier this week that myself and Jen have been awarded the 2014 ASA picture book illustrators grant for Maralinga. We're extremely excited, a little speechless and still pinching ourselves. Thanks to the ASA, the Australia Council and the judging panel and congrats to the other winners and all those shortlisted!
(You can see the other winners and the shortlist here).
Hello to everyone looking at this for the first time. Or even the fourth. Since we launched yesterday we've been positively overwhelmed with the outpouring of interest, support and excitement for our little comic venture.
So thank you to everyone who has dropped us a note to say how much they enjoyed the first part, tweeted, retweeted or face booked the link or just nodded their head sagely in our direction like Robert Redford at the end of Jeremiah Johnson. You're all brilliant humans!
If you're interested in picking up Maralinga in print or for your digital device of choice and you're a big fan of reading your comic bookended with content by a slew of amazingly talented creative people, it's being serialised as of issue #1 in the Home Brew Vampire Bullets anthology, available now. HBVB is 152+ pages of comics, commentary, prose and satire by some of Australia's finest cartoonists, designers and writers and will be coming out quarterly. Go to the website, www.homebrewvampirebullets.com for all the details.
If you want to keep up to date with, well, updates you can sign up to the mailing list below. There is the designated twitter account @maralinga1956 or you can follow myself (@douglasbot) or Jen (@jenbreach) on twitter as well.
Look for the next part of our adventure to land in the new year. Pro tip - Never camp on a bridge.