A fun weekend at ZICS

Sleepy Koala Zine illustration


Last weekend was ZICS, Brisbane’s first ‘Zine and Indy Comic Symposium’, and it was a great event to see so many other creative people all in one room selling and showing their arty zines and comics.  It really does fill you with inspiration.


Ringo the Ringtail Possum mini comic at ZICS

Here’s my latest mini comic from my table at ZICS featuring Ringo and Roobot which got loads of nice comments and feedback 🙂

Selection of zines from ZICS

And here’s a selection of mini comics that I purchased, and I even requested an illustration of Robocop!

ZICS will be annual event, so I am already looking forward to next years…

Ringo and The Dark Artists ready for ZICS!

Ringo the Possum and the Dark Artists mini comics by Edd Cross

This weekend is ZICS, Brisbane’s first ‘Zine and Independent Comic Symposium’.  And I have got a table booked so please pop in and say hello if you are in Brisbane!  I will be selling a brand new Ringo the Possum mini comic and two issues of The Dark Artists.

Ringo the Possum and Roobot mini comic

I have literally just completed, printed, folded and stapled my latest mini comic which features everyone’s favourite cute little Ringtail Possum, Ringo.  Ringo finds a new friend in a toy called Roobot!

The Dark Artists mini comics by Edd Cross

Some of you may already be familiar with my other four characters called The Dark Artists, which are four goths who have an appreciation for the arts.  There is issue 1 Minimalism and issue 2 Pop Art.

Hopefully see you at the weekend 🙂

The Dark Artists: Art and Climate Change

The Dark Artists Cartoon illustrating Climate Change

A few weeks ago I went to a seminar entitled ‘Climates that art can change’ at the Eco Centre at Griffith University to inspire the environmental artist in me.  A lot of focus was on photography, video and graphic design and how they reached their own target audiences and the questions that they provoked.

It seemed the evening concluded with asking another question ‘How do scientists communicate through art?’ not just specifically climate change.  Art is a very useful tool in communicating to the wider public, and science can benefit from being communicated more efficiently.  Therefore, connecting art and science would be a very positive step forward.

The Dark Artists mini comic going to Sydney Zine Fair

After the enjoyment and success of the Canberra Zine for my mini comic The Dark Artists I was excited to hear that Sydney also held a Zine Fair, which is this Sunday at the MCA.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to secure the day off early enough to book a stall, so I have been in contact with Take Care Zine Distro who have kindly agreed to sell The Dark Artists on their stall, so please go visit their stall (they do stock some wonderful zines – I remember being awed by the variety they had with them at the Canberra Zine Fair).
But thankfully I have since been given the day off (wahoooo!) so I shall be there having a look at all the wonderful zine creativity!
See you on Sunday!

The Great Oz Eddventure #100 – Cartoon Tasting Platter

Living in Australia you have to visit a few vineyards to do some wine tasting.  Whilst we were in Orange I spotted a ‘wine tasting platter’ sheet of paper that I have seen used in other vineyards which gave me the idea to do a ‘cartoon tasting platter’.  As you can probably make out, the wine tasting platter offers a selection of four different wines, and you put the glass for each wine on a circle (instead of the squares) and the description below it details the wine and which foods to match it up with on your platter.  So my cartoon tasting platter shows my different characters and their details to see which ones you prefer!

And then here are The Dark Artists sharing in the wine tasting experience with us!!

The DARK ARTistS can now be bought through my blog

I have set up a PayPal ‘buy now’ button on the right hand side of my blog so that you can purchase my mini comic directly from me.  If you need any different payment or shipping requirements please email me on eddcross_art@yahoo.com.

It was great to see many people laugh at my cartoon humour when they bought it at the Canberra Zine Fair and I hope to see it continue keeping people laugh!!  🙂 

THE DARK ARTistS available at Smiths Alternative Bookshop!!

One of the best things that happened for me at the Zine Fair was when Amy from Smiths Alternative Bookshop approached my stall and asked if she could stock a couple of my DARK ARTistS comics in the bookshop.  Not only did she take some comics, but she also took some kangaroo postcard packs too!  Hoorah!

So you can now purchase them there 🙂

Canberra Zine Fair 2011

Here I am at my stall at the Canberra Zine Fair, selling my ‘THE DARK ARTistS’ mini comic and Charlie the kangaroo postcards.  The day went so well – meeting some great people and seeing a lot of great creativity.

I received so many positive comments I am still buzzing, and particularly that almost all of ‘THE DARK ARTistS’ were sold – brilliant!! 🙂

My new mini comic & The Canberra Zine Fair

This Saturday 9 April is the annual Canberra Zine Fair at Gorman House, facilitated by the ACT Writers Centre, and I have my own stall there this year where I will sell my new mini comic ‘The DARK ARTistS’ and some kangaroo themed postcards.

So if you are at a loose end on Saturday in Canberra please pop in to the Zine Fair and say hi and check out all the wonderful Zine art on offer 🙂