2014 in Review: Jase Harper

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2014?

Finishing and launching my debut graphic novel Awkwood with Milk Shadow Books was a definite highlight. Releasing my travel sketchbook Sketchbound at the Sticky zine fair. Getting to be a guest at ZICS zine fair in Brisbane and Armageddon Expo in Melbourne. Getting to do a bunch of yet to be released work for Jase Frank’s Sixsmiths, including two covers. Being involved in Squishzine Brunstown and the Yeeha exhibition, both through Squishface as well as a page for Dailies through Silent Army.

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2014?

Jesse Jacob’s Safari Honeymoon tops my list,  just amazing, plus Guy Delisle’s Burma Chronicles and Andre the Giant by Box Brown were solid reads.

I’m a bit behind in my local releases but the various Mini Comics of the Month Club, Scott Reid’s I’m Pretty Sure I’m Dying To Hell With It, and the first chunk of Pat Grant’s Ambient Yeast have been highlights. Looking forward to picking up Tim Molloy’s new book as well.

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2014?

Sebadoh, King Buzzo and Adalita were highlights gig wise, King Buzzo’s acoustic set particularly blew my mind. Doing a bunch more gig posters and art for the local music scene. Getting to travel back to India with the addition of Nepal and Bhutan was a huge buzz.

What are you looking forward to in 2015?

Working on releasing my next book (or at least the first chapter), doing more collaborative work with other writers and artists and hopefully getting some pitches in front of publishers.

Jase Harper

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Ronnie Scott profile and interview with Simon Hanselmann.

Melbourne and Brisbane launch parties for Jase Harper's AwkWood from Milk Shadow Books in August.

Down There #3 - Tom O'Hern's Blood and Bone available online at San Kessto Publications.

Kelly Sheehan writes about the launch of Earth's End Publishing.


Dave Dye writes about the beginning of World War One for Australians and New Zealanders. Dave's extensive graphic history of Anzac involvement in the WW1 is available at the Wotsleft store.

Lee Gracie's The Adventures of Doctor Duck, is an odd sci-fi epic webcomic starring a duck with a moustache. A lot of unintentional humour from mispellings and Lee's crude, almost "outsider" art gives it a certain appeal that I wouldn't ascribe to more polished efforts. Lee's bio from Doctor Duck: "Lee Gracie has been drawing comics for over 25 years in Australia. He has worked on drawings for TV and movies, and once owned his own comic shop. He has ADD, Bipolar disorder, and dyslexia. He still sells his comic books at fairs."

Hey look! Some cool covers from Virgil Reilly's Silver Flash comics circa 1950's.

Paper Trail masthead by Toby Morris.