EDITORIAL: Welcome to the new ACJ

Hey folks, just wanted to welcome you to the revamped Australian Comics Journal!

My name is Darren Close, and I’m the new Sherriff ’round this here parts… ahem, Managing Editor.

You might know me from those silly kangaroo comic books I’ve persisted with for the last 20 years or so. Almost two decades ago, I tried to make a comic news website very much like this, with mixed results (to say the least!) – so it’s exciting to recapture that enthusiasm for the local scene and focus it into ACJ.

Thanks go to Anthony Castle, my predecessor, and of course the grand poobah, Gary Chaloner.

I’d also like to thank the new crew of contributors and reviewers that you’ll be seeing a lot more of here, including James Cassingham Randall, Shauna O’Meara, Shaneya Galley, Daniel Best, Max Battistella, and potentially a few more soon!

We’ve restructured the site to become a weekly destination, with most sections to be updated every Thursday.

Let’s take a look at what we’ve got in store for you today:

COLUMNS

> IN THE TRENCHES
Brendon Dann from Dee’s Comics kicks off a new regular column from the perspective of retailers. Great story about how a long-running Canberra store came under new management, and the challenges he faced in both retaining old customers and recruiting new ones.

> PRO TIPS
Paul Caggegi
talks about how he made the transition from self-publishing his PANDEIA comic book series, to embracing a whole new genre and style for his webcomic, HOMEBASED.

> CON CIRCUIT
Nathan Onias
talks about the huge task of creating a new event on the convention circuit last year – INDIE COMIC-CON.

INTERVIEWS

> MARTIN ABEL
Martin had a pretty up-and-down year in 2017, but he’s back with a vengeance for 2018! Check out what he’s got in store for us!

REVIEWS

> ICARUS RISING #1
Reviewed by James Cassingham Randall

> ETERNAL
Reviewed by Shauna O’Meara

PATREON / KICKSTARTER OF THE WEEK

> ANGIE SPICE PATREON
The young manga artist had a great debut with her Courier series, and she’s looking to keep pushing the artistic boundaries. Check out what she’s got cooking for you over there!

> TALKING BREAD KICKSTARTER
Kieran Nunn has been a comic-making machine over the last year or so – go grab yourself some tasty goodies!

If you’d like to write something for ACJ, or have a project you’d like to plug here, or a book you’d like reviewed – please drop us a line!

That’s what we’re here for!

About Darren Close

Darren Close
Darren is the creator and publisher of the KILLEROO series, and also the creator of the OzComics website and subsequent drawing challenge on Facebook. He's been around the local comic scene for far too long for many people's liking. Gary Chaloner was foolish enough to make him the new Managing Editor of AustralianComicsJournal.com

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