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"Your Face Is In My Comic Book" Exhibition [Singapore / Indonesia]

Renowned Indonesian komikus Bambang Toko has an exhibition on the way launching October 31st:



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Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, Your Face Is In My Comic Book, 2014, Batik painting on cotton, 101 x 156 cm

You are cordially invited to

Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono: Batikkomik

Exhibition Opening:
Friday 31 October, 6.30 - 9 pm
Main Gallery


Equator Art Projects is pleased to present the first solo exhibition by Indonesian artist, Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono, in Singapore. For his upcoming show, Bambang Toko has produced a new series of work experimenting with the techniques of traditional batik making. 

A well-recognised figure in contemporary Indonesian art, Bambang Toko is an artist, curator, educator and also one of the founding members of the artist collective, Apotik Komik (Comic Pharmacy). He is known for his bright, graphic style which references imagery from vintage Indonesian comics and pop culture. Reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein’s comic strip paintings, the forms within the composition are built up through flat expanses of vivid colour and are highlighted with solid black outlines, achieving a stenciled effect. On occasion, text is incorporated into the composition through the use of a speech bubble. These works are fused with playful narratives and filled with tongue-in-cheek humour.

For this exhibition, Bambang Toko will present a selection of batik paintings on both cotton and plywood. These new works reveal a shift in Bambang Toko’s artistic practice and are an exploration of new materials, as well as the potential of batik as a medium for painting. 

Bambang ‘Toko’ Witjaksono (b. 1973, Yogyakarta – Indonesia) graduated with a BFA in Printmaking from Indonesia Institute of the Arts (ISI) in Yogyakarta, where he has been a lecturer since 1999. He later completed his MFA at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) in 2004. Bambang has participated in artist residency programmes in Liechtenstein (2003), New Delhi (2006) and Darwin (2008). He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Indonesia and abroad. Selected solo shows are Jakarta Art District (2010); Valentine Willie Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur (2009); Darwin Visual Art Association, Darwin (2008); Toimoi Art + Design Gallery, Jakarta (2007) and Cemeti Art House, Yogyakarta (2001). He has participated in a plethora of group exhibitions at mo_space, Manila (2014); Nasional Galeri Indonesia, Jakarta (2013); Piccadily Place, Manchester (2011); Biennale Jogja X (2009), Langgeng Gallery, Magelang (2008); Valentine Willie Gallery, Singapore (2008) and Selasar Sunaryo, Bandung (2007). The artist lives and works in Yogyakarta.

The exhibition runs until 30 November 2014.


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The Wrongness [Australia]

Neale Blanden (of Beautiful Artform fame) has a new comic out, THE WRONGNESS. 


View it for free NOW (while you can) and preview the soundtrack!

Squishzine Brunstown - Out Now! (Australia)


Cover by Ben Hutchings


Squishface Studio and heavy friends join forces to create a FREE 48 page comic book about Brunswick! The book will be available at several places in the City of Moreland, but the launch (part of MoreArt) is SUNDAY 26 OCTOBER at the Mechanics Institute (next to the Retreat Hotel, Brunswick) from 2:30pm!

Get your free copy and celebrate the fact that the City of Moreland is either, depending on your point of view, a “dangerous loony activist council” or “a place where people get to speak their minds and make good art”. Squishzine Brunstown: launch of our free comic book

Featuring work by Arran McKenna, Marta Tesoro, Nadia Toukhsati, Jase Harper, Scott Reid, Jess Parker, Ive Sorocuk, Martin Nixon, Lauren Hills, Ele Jenkins, Alex Clark, Teags Humm, Sam Wallman, Sarah Howell, Michael Fikaris, Gregory Mackay, David Blumenstein, Ben Hutchings and Jo Waite!

Get your free copy and celebrate the fact that the City of Moreland is either, depending on your point of view, a “dangerous loony activist council” or “a place where people get to speak their minds and make good art”. Can’t make it to the launch? Get your copy at the following venues in November: Squishface Studio, 309 Victoria St, Brunswick Brunswick Library Coburg Library Brunswick Station Jewell Station Gowrie Station Coburg Station

Details courtesy Squishface web site and Facebook Page

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Bambang Toko: "The Real Pig" [Indonesia]

Bambang Toko is a relentless producer of comics and graphic art. 

Here is a 3 page comic from him: 




If you are in Singapore, check out his Exhibition this coming weekend!

Comic (C) Bambang Toko, used with permisson.

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New page: The Magic Pen (NSFW)

Note: This page contains nudity.

Out today in France: MAGIC PEN

Today is the official release date for the French edition of Magic Pen! Published by Casterman in a gorgeous hardcover edition in full colour, with a translation by the remarkable Jean-Paul Jennequin (who spotted every single obscure comics reference and even translated the barely readable bits written in medieval English). It’s hard to express how […]

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benhutchings: The 8 Adventures of Jesus from You Stink & I...


The 8 Adventures of Jesus from You Stink & I Don’t vol 2.

Arte Publiku

Via Michael P. Fikaris:

You love ART! You love FREEDOM! So get a load of this and help our ongoing project if you can my friends -

Michael has drawn an 80 page book of the collaboration (which you can get by contributing) to ” aise awareness and spirit of this humanitarian institution in East Timor. Please have a look and contribute what you can in the next 2 weeks for this first time Arts Festival - ARTE PUBLIKU

Stockholm International Comics Festival 2014 - Day One Convention Report (Part Two)

[ is coughing up blood, so I’ll resume my notes in a separate post. (Too many pictures!)]

The ‘Kulturhuset' is buzzing with comics folks of all persuasions. Overseas comics? Yep. Manga? Yep. Svensk Spandex? Panel on Uruguay comics? (Below) They’ve got it all. 


 I’m intrigued by the phone-book sized volumes of Mattias Elftorp, who’s not only created two tomes of “Piracy Is Liberation”; he’s actually *torrented* them to walk his talk. We talk on corporatization, brain jacks, cyberpunk nostalgia and hype around the ‘Pirate Party’.   

(I’m reminded of the quote I’d seen walking downstairs in the Kulturhuset: Reading rebels against the managed world of information & the chaotic world of data. Reading is meaning. Jeanette Weinterson, 2011. It doesn’t matter if you’re a programmer, a punk or a librarian, there are tools available for you to avoid being steered into someone else’s narrative.)

For a taste, check out Mattias’ collection of stories, ‘A Subtle Fuck You’. 

Hey, there’s a table full of Finns! (I’m part Finn though you’d never know it.) They’ve got all kinds of goodies to share, including a children’s anthology. I really enjoy seeing alternative and counterculture folks look to strengthen the next generation. (What, you’re  going to leave it to Disney?) 

Shout Outs:

Souvenirs of Kashmir (dramatic parable by Henrik Soderstrom) and Moony Lena (surreal excursions by Marlena Lampinen). 

Ellen Greider's heartfelt 'Konversationer' and 'flyttfaglar'. 

Fanzine Mot Rasism: heck yeah. 

Den Hudlosa Flickan - by multimedia marvel Kristin Eklund. 

Accessible works by Linda Pedersen (An Ordinary Week) and an intriguing novel adaptation by Tove Sorblom. There’s more, what I don’t catch in today’s notes I’ll catch in some mini-reviews. 

I wrap up the day with a huge stack of comics. And draw one of my own, with an assist from the Festival staff.

For more comics goodness? Check out this cover gallery with links to author web sites.

[FYI: Hopping on a plane tomorrow. So Day Two may follow a week from now.] :)

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Snow Angel For Halloween!

First off, we are talking about NEXT Halloween. I have just had my second Snow Angel story accepted by DARK HORSE PRESENTS, which is set to appear in the October 2015 issue. David Chelsea is watching: In The Realms Of The Unreal featuring Henry Darger This is an eight page adventure set at Halloween. The [...]

I'm selling art to help pay my bills this week

Thanks for the tweet, Patton!  You rock.  I am indeed selling art and will post some new pieces this evening...

30/30: Ideas for Short Comics

I am writing for 30 minutes per day this month, for 30 days (the 30/30 challenge) to help raise funds for Richard Hugo House, a center for writing in Seattle. Anyone who'd like to help me reach my $500 goal is welcome to donate to Hugo House via this page...

On Tuesday, (10/22), I spent 30 minutes+ jotting down ideas for possible short comics.  One of them I went ahead and drew...

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Work In Progress: The Men Of SANDY & MANDY

SANDY & MANDY, the story I drew as an upcoming series for DARK HORSE PRESENTS, was designed specifically to pass The Bechdel Test, cartoonist and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Alison Bechdel’s set of rules for determining if a story is sexist or not. To wit: 1. It has to have at least two women in [...]

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