Martin Ritchie Sharp (21 January 1942 – 1 December 2013)

Cream album Disraeli Gears, Art by Martin Sharp and Robert Whitaker

Australian artist, cartoonist, songwriter and film-maker Martin Sharp was born today in 1942. From 1963–65, Sharp was the art director and a major contributor to Oz Magazine one of the strongest examples of local satire and topical coverage in 1960's Australia. Oz ceased publication after editors Richard Neville, Richard Walsh and Sharp were charged and convicted of contravening obscenity laws over two trials. Their convictions were eventually overturned.

After the trials the three Oz collaborators made their ways separately to England where a chance encounter with Eric Clapton at London nightclub The Speakeasy led to Sharp co-writing the Cream song Tales of Brave Ulysses and also creating cover art for two Cream albums.

Sharp later shared a residency with Clapton and numerous artists of many disciplines including Phillipe Mora, Germaine Greer and Robert Whittaker. When Richard Neville arrived in London, in collaboration with Sharp and Felix Dennis they set up London Oz which proved more controversial than their previous magazine.

During this period Sharp's work on Oz and collaborations with Cream brought him renown as an artist and he also produced many posters of musicians including Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Donovan.

The entire run of the Australian Oz magazine is digitised and available to read at the University of Wollongong site.

Martin Sharp Remembered by Sylvia Chan at the Sydney Standard.

Below: Martin Sharp cartoons from Oz magazine.

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Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson‘s Capture Creatures is coming out as an ongoing series from Boom Comics.

Wanted - Exhibition at the Richmond Library, Melbourne 12 Aug - 31st Oct.

This exhibition presents comic artist Chris Gooch’s original drawings for Wanted, a video piece commissioned for and screened at the Sydney Opera House’s Studio Theatre as part of Graphic Festival’s Radio With Pictures program.

On show are works from the original comic, which were turned into the radio play in collaboration with Aden Rolfe. The works follow the story of Edward Cole’s book arcade and his search for a wife. Chris Gooch is a Melbourne based artist/cartoonist who is currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at RMIT. He released his graphic novel ‘1792’ in 2012.

Graphic Narratives Comic swap today at 6:00pm - 8:00pm at University of Melbourne Grattan, St, Melbourne.

Matt C at The Indie Club reviews Faction #1 - #3.

Ditko Distraction: Steve Ditko's new Mr A comic is in it's last few days of fundraising on Kickstarter.

Paul Luker profile of Chris Knox with selection of his work.

Video for Grafix Knox: The Graphic Art of Chris Knox a showcase for the innovative and eccentric visual output of one of New Zealand’s most important artists and performers. Beatnik Publishing are currently raiding funds though Fundnation for this extensive monograph of Chris Knox's career.

Rachel Fenton is one of the finalists for the Dundee International Book prize 2014.

Paper Trail masthead by Toby Morris.