(actually I don't really like either of those misspellings but they both seem to go with with 'ox')
There'll be another post tonight letting you know about 'Target 144', a 6 day frenzy of comics making which will take place in the second week of February, and which you really should get involved in, but right now it's important to let you know that the comic book media circus has pulled into town and they're setting up the Big Top right now.
Tomorrow, Thursday 29 January, will see Melbourne's community radio stations (and this year TV too!) rev their engines in the transmitting of comic book news via the airwaves:
9.30am: I will be on 3RRR's (102.7 on your FM dial) weekly arts show 'Smartarts', hosted by Remarkable Richard Watts, talking about the international and local comic book scenes and recent publications for 10 - 15 minutes. This segment is called 'Drawn Out' it will be featured on the third Thursday of each month.
5 - 6pm: Jo Waite, John Retallick and I take over 3CR's (855 on your AM dial) weekly 'DIY Arts' program to talk exclusively about Australian comic books. We will be doing this on the last Thursday of every month at this time, so mark it in your diaries. Jocular John also helpfully podcasts this broadcast.
Yours truly will also be appearing on TV this year, doing spot reviews of local and international comics on Channel 31's arts program, 'Yartz', 10pm Thursdays. Maybe those will startbeing broadcast tomorrow night too.
(Thursday clearly is talk-about-comics day...)
You know, all of this is the sort of thing that will be great for the 'Sexy Men of Australian Comics* Financial Year Calendar 2009-10' when it gets drawn and launched at 'Comic Book Funny' as part of this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
And now, in the words of Scott McCloud, and taking our cue from the spirit of this Oxen year, it's time to:
'Work like hell'.
So: go! Write! Draw! Publish!
See you in the year.
* as drawn by the women of Australian comics