Thursday, 28 November 2013

Cartoon eBooks: Look Inside function finally working

Amazon has finally made the "Look Inside" function available for my cartoon eBooks. You don't need to download a sample anymore, just click on the "Look Inside" tab and you can see online a selection of pages from the eBook.

Please check my Amazon Author Page and check the "It's a Jungle out there!" eBooks available.

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Cartoon eBook Promotion

My cartoon eBooks are available through Amazon at

From the 21th of November to the 25th of November 2013, my eBook "It's a Jungle out there!: Up Periscope!" will be reduced to $US 0.99 instead of the usual $US 2.99.

Although advertised for the Kindle, Amazon offers free eReader for most devices...

Support my cartoons by purchasing my eBooks :)

Business Cartoon No 9

Business Cartoon No 9

Friday, 15 November 2013

New cartoon eBook on Amazon

I've just released my latest eBook, "It's a Jungle out there!: Come on, push me..." (Cartoons No 2601 - 2700): Check it out at

All my cartoon eBooks are available at

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Two minutes with Cartoonist Gary Clark

Cartoonist: Gary Clark

Based in: Brisbane, QLD, Australia


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About Swamp: Swamp is an international, award winning comic strip created by Queensland's Gary Clark.
Set in a marsh, it is a funny down-to-earth look at a simple society bewildered by an increasingly complex world. The strip is home to a collection of misfit characters; Ding the duck who after 4,592 flying lessons still can't fly; Wart and Mort the whimsical, wise cracking frogs; Cheese and Chives the easy living, contented dump rats; Old Man Croc with lots of attitude but no teeth and his pesky Nit Picker Bird companion, among others. These leading players spend their lives surfing the sludge pipe, dodging the dump and surviving the toxic waste while giving unlikely photo opportunities to the hapless tourists on the Swamp Tours Boat. Their spin on life is sometimes slapstick, sometimes sophisticated, but always has a refreshing optimism that has endeared them to millions of readers.
Biography:  Queensland cartoonist Gary Clark could only dream when his humorous comic strip Swamp was first published in 1981 that decades later it would be reaching over three and a half million Australians every day. It is published in capital city dailies, regional daily and Sunday newspapers and magazines across the country, but that's only half the story as it has also steadily grown in popularity on both sides of the globe..

Brisbane born Gary spent his childhood playing in the creeks and ponds near his suburban home.
His childhood adventures in and around this muddy playground full of wildlife, sights and smells was to become the inspiration for his cartoon strip SWAMP.

Inspired to draw as a child by sitting on his father's lap and watching him sketch, Gary was about 4 years old when his father's drawing of aircraft and hangers also began his interest in aircraft and aviation. This led him to become a licensed pilot and also to create Ding the flying-student duck.

Gary developed his cartoon skills in Primary and High School drawing cartoons to amuse friends. After completing high School Gary entered Art School and commenced a three year course in commercial illustration. Although cartooning was not taught at Art school Gary turned every possible assignment into a cartooning assignment and soon gained the reputation of being the resident cartoonist. It was during these years that he was inspired to one day create a cartoon strip and pursue this as a full time career. After graduation Gary worked as an artist in the advertising industry working. In 1974 during a lunch break while working as a layout artist, he developed the beginnings of a cartoon strip based on happy childhood memories of marshy places and wildlife  - though several years went by before it was developed enough to sell.

Gary broke into full time cartooning in 1978 for a national trucking magazine, resulting in two comic editions of his "Trucktoons" successfully published. However, it was in 1981 that his wife of one year sold "The Swamp" strip to its first newspaper.

Today Swamp  continues appears in many capital city daily and Sunday newspapers throughout Australia and Scandinavia .and In addition to the cartoon strip, 24 Swamp Cartoon Albums have been published.  Swamp cartoons are also regularly published in educational textbooks and in a  wide variety of  Government , Industry and conservation publications.

His wife, Yvonne, and son, Scott, continue to provide much of the support and inspiration that makes Swamp what it is.

  11 ACA Best Comic Strip Stanley Awards,
  12 Coffs Harbour Rotary cartoon awards ( 4 Winner and 8 Merit )

Do you have any merchandise for sale? Books and merchandise of all types are available through my website's Store.

Professional Associations you are a Member of? I am a Member of the Australian Cartoonists' Association (ACA)

Do you do commission work? Selectively. Swamp is my full time occupation and keeping ahead of deadlines doesn’t leave time to do much else. But when an interesting commission comes my way I am happy to consider it. I recently created storyboards and key drawings for animations for a recent Cinema released Documentary about the impact of legislation on the Australian Fishing Industry.

The Documentary is called “Drawing The Line.”

Any other info you want to share? I’m currently working on a series of Swamp digital albums for release initially ipad and iphone then Anroid. Release date is Mid December 2013.

Thanks Gary!
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The 25th Rotary Cartoon Award Winners


Best Cartoon – Political
Winner – David Pope
Merit - Matt Adams

Best Cartoon – Open
Winner – Mark Lynch
Merit - Phillip Day

Best Cartoon – Sports
Winner - David Rowe
Merit - Rod Emmerson

Best Comic Strip
Winner – Jules Faber
Merit - Gary Clark

Best Caricature of a well-known person
Winner – Eric Lobbecke
Merit - Judy Nadin

Special Topic – ‘Joys of Ageing’
Winner – Phil Judd
Merit - Mark Lynch

Winner – Bozhkov Miroslav – Bulgaria
Merit - Constantin Sunnerberg - Belgium


Sunday, 3 November 2013

Two minutes with Cartoonist Tony Lopes

Cartoonist: Tony Lopes (a.k.a. Stoney, named as a tip of the hat to my mum who used to constantly call me stoney by mistake, as I had an older brother called Stephen. )

Comic Strip: Insanity Streak ( UK readers know the strip as the Odd Streak)

Location: Sydney, Australia



Q: When did you start Insanity Streak?
A: Insanity Streak was brewing in my mind while at art school, back in 1992. During this period I commenced drawing the comic once a week and sold the strip to 5 weekly publications.
This grueling  weekly schedule continued for 8 years until the year 2000 when Insanity Streak became a daily strip.

Q: What merchandise do you have available for your fans?
A: Currently available is my latest book "Striving for quantity", which is almost certain not to make the NY Times best seller list, a range of greeting cards, archival colour prints plus original art, along with a limited range of clothing... Details available on my website.

Q: Apart from Insanity Streak, do you have any other cartooning project or do commission work?
A: The simple answer is no. Insanity Streak doesn't allow me to come up for air and do other projects. I sweat bullets coming up with the material and spend a lot of my time weeding out jokes to find funnier material.

For me, the daily comic strip is a full time job and I have a family who often look longingly at me for some attention.

Q: Have you won any awards for cartooning?
A: Over the years Insanity Streak has  been fortunate to win several "Stanley" awards from the Australian Cartoonists' Association for best Comic strip.
The Stanley’s awards have been described as the “Oscars of Australian Cartooning” in terms of comparison.
As they are voted by industry peers, it is a privilege to receive a "Stanley".
As well as Stanley Awards, Insanity Streak has also won some Rotary Cartoon Awards.

Thanks you Tony!
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Friday, 1 November 2013

Asterix and the Picts

I am a big Asterix fan (I have all the albums in French and English) and was very pleased to see that a new Asterix Book was finally being released: "Asterix chez les Pictes" ("Asterix and the Picts"). Although officially released worldwide on the 24th of October, I only found a copy three days later (I live in Sydney, Australia). Great effort from the new team (Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad) who have had the hard task of taking over from the late Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo who has now retired. The look and feel of the new album is basically the same as the previous albums, which says that the new team has worked very hard to make the transition smooth: Well done Jean-Yves Ferri and Didier Conrad!

Hopefully, you know about Asterix, Obelix and their adventures. If not, check the official Asterix website:

This is the official announcement taken from is:

Asterix the Gaul adventures
Vol. 35 - Asterix and the Picts

Written by: Jean-Yves Ferri - Drawings by: Didier Conrad
Original title: Astérix chez les Pictes
Published by: Les Éditions Albert René
First album edition: octobre 24th, 2013
On 24th October 2013, Asterix and the Picts will be on the shelves of every bookshop in the Known World! The Picts? Yes, the Picts! These people of ancient Scotland comprised many clans of formidable warriors. Their name, given by the Romans, literally means “painted men”. Astérix chez les Pictes thus continues in the tradition of the adventures of the most famous Gaul, an epic journey to a land rich in traditions and the discovery of a people whose cultural differences will result in memorable gags and wordplay. Bets are open on readers’ forums where impatient discussions are in full flow…Whisky? Caber tossers? Bagpipes? Names beginning with Mac? The origins of Hadrian’s Wall and the Loch Ness Monster finally revealed? And, who knows, perhaps even Gauls in kilts?... Suspense is at its height!
Visit your local bookshop on 24th October 2013 to pick up what already promises to be a classic of the Asterix comic book series: Asterix and the Picts!