Saturday, 1 December 2018



A great read.
The Mustard humour magazine did this a few years ago and Alan Moore goes into great detail about writing, drugs and movies made of his comics.
A good read for a lazy day for the tablet or PC.
 Alan Moore Mustard Interview

Thursday, 1 November 2018

From little things big things grow- The Chandler Tree.

From little things big things grow- The Chandler Tree.

The Chandler Oak Winter 2013
Tucked away in the far corners of Knox council, lies the Basin, one of the first areas settled in the area and still the most rural and unaffected by mass progress. It was here that some great names of Australia and local history settled. James Griffith of Griffith Brothers Tea, JJ Miller creator of Millers Guide the horse racing and sporting bible and notably the Chandler family; who for generations were instrumental in building up the district with their business, community service and patronage.
Over the years the Chandler family’s achievements were many. In 1873 William Chandler, his wife Katie and their three children moved to the area. Leaving William’s Fathers successful nursery in Malvern to clear 40 acres to establish his own farm. Legend has it that he and his wife planted an acorn that grew into the heritage listed English Oak that stands outside the boundary fence of the family property “Como” on Sheffield road. As the oak grew and spread upward so did the Chandler family.
William and Katie had 11 children all up, 8 boys and 3 girls. With the expanding family came growing success. William would buy more land in the area and become a foundation councilor of the Ferntree Gully shire. Totaling three inherited traits that would follow on through the generations. Horticulture, civic duty and land speculation. William made his children work hard with the expectation that they would acquire property and economic support when they left home. The Parents certainly instilled a fine work ethic in their children. Most successful was Alfred who established his own nursery Everson, which stills continues in name today. He grew daffodils and boronia, abandoning the boronia after it was susceptible to disease. He also became a councilor and eventually was given the honour of naming his own suburb: Boronia after the flower he tried to unsuccessfully grow. He was offered to name the suburb after himself but declined.
Alfred took his political aspirations one step further and joined the Legislative Council and became a Minister in the State Government. He had the Chandler highway named after him which also involves him in a World Record as it is the shortest Highway in the world and has remained so for decades.
William and Katie Chandler dynasty builders

Alfred was a committed community man. He donated land for the Boronia Progress Hall and the Methodist Church. He was a justice of the peace and a member of the Bayswater Brass Band. His nursery was opened to the public to raise funds for local charities which he and his wife sponsored. Alfred’s son Gilbert went onto be the most celebrated member of the family going onto be district cricketer, VFL footballer for Hawthorn, serving as a councillor on the Ferntree Gully Shire before going onto a career in State politics. Which resulted in a notable stint as Minister of agriculture, Under his leadership the Department achieved a high level of development which contributed to the advancement of Victorian primary industry, especially in the areas of animal husbandry, research into animal and plant diseases, and the economic management of farms. The Gilbert Chandler Institute of Dairy Technology at Werribee was named in his honour.
A man of great ability he was on the 1956 Olympic committee. Churchill National Park's committee of management and a committee-member of the Fern Tree Gully National Park, He chaired the government's bush fires relief committee and served as president of the Boronia Basin division of the St John Ambulance Brigade. All these achievements culminated in the rewarding of a Knighthood in 1972. Gilbert’s brother Alan another notable member of the family who also served as a councillor on the Shire was instrumental in helping the establishment of the Boronia Bowls club. Of course, all this just brushes over the surface of the families accomplishments there was involvement in the establishment of hospitals, postal service, schools, halls and involvement in the fire services and I have only concentrated on the male members.
A notable female member is Fergus (Alfred’s nephew) Chandler’s wife Edna. Her most distinguished award being an MBE in 1978 for services to the community and to The Basin Theatre. In 1948, the above mentioned Fergus’ Father Bert after setting up his two older sons, helped his youngest son John to obtain part of the original Como property. They formed a partnership as Bert Chandler and Son. The business continued successfully for 40 more years. In 1988 the Como property was sold and after 117 years was no longer in Chandler Family hands.
Meanwhile, the oak back at Sheffield road kept growing. These days it has become a historical site with a stone maker and plaque. The plaque gives a brief history and ends with the words “One of the finest specimens of this tree in Australia please help to protect it.” Now 138 years old it has become an icon and been classified by the National Trust because of its size, form and historical significance. The tree has been pruned a number of times over the years and in 1982, to support the weight of its massive limbs steel cables were attached from the main trunk. Over enthusiastic pruning by Knox Council (who are responsible for its well being) has on occasions led to the intervention of local residents.
Recently work has begun on a water garden metres from its trunk to help with drainage. There are, however, those who are concerned for the future of the oak. Local Parks Victoria Rangers hold fears that the tree has Cinnamon Fungus a disease that attacks the roots from the ground water and kills the tree from the top down. A glance upward towards the oaks majestic canopy can see proof of this damage, bare dead branches protrude from the foliage.
Some believe that Melbourne Water should take some action with Dobson’s creek encroaching upon the trees wide based trunk a product of erosion. The consensus being that with age the mighty landmark needs a lot more attention not from anyone authority but from all in a concerted effort to protect and maintain a valuable piece of local history.

Most of the information for this article was taken from articles and books found in two of the most important buildings in Knox. The Boronia Library and the Ambleside, home of the Knox Historical Society.
Originally published in the BBCN Issue 214   August 2013

Sunday, 2 September 2018


This is why I don't draw comics. One of my stories from the 1984 WOMBAT COMICZ.
No apologies.

Thursday, 23 August 2018


Hans Rudolf "Ruedi" (H R)  Giger was a visionary artist and creator. If he only did the design for Alien , it would have been enough for any one lifetime. This is a collection of videos showcasing the great man's mueum and other people collections. I found them interesting boardering on fascinating. ENJOY!

A collection by someone who calls himself Louis Nostromo.

 A fans shakey walk around of the HR Giger Bar and Museum.

 A collection of artworks spanning his career.

An article from WIRED Magazine about the ALIEN design

A great video to play in the background at your next Halloween party.

Thursday, 2 August 2018

Whatever did happen to the Yellow Submarine?

Whatever did happen to the Yellow Submarine?
I reported earlier on the Robert Zemeckis movie remake that was cancelled by Disney. Here and HERE  for a page of concept art and a bit of back story.

It's been over 50 years since the Beatles released the album / movie Yellow Submarine.
Which begs the question: Whatever happened to it?

A quick sprint around the interweb found a couple of possible endings.

Gorllaz revealed this in their biography The RISE OF THE OGRE.

Up until 2014 it could be found at the Hard Rock Cafe in Acapulco.

Alan Moore from the League of Extraordinary Tempest comic suggests this.

Back in 2010 Rolling Stone Mag used it in an add for Water conservation.

Here it was considered for a Yellow Submarine themed 
carousal in a HARD ROCK Cafe theme park.

And here it was turned into a shitty bathroom caddy.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018


A day at the museum

One of the things that I have meant to do on my countless travels to Phillip Island but always neglected for one reason or another is to visit the National Vietnam Veterans Museum (NVVM). For many years the museum was in what I assumed was a small hall on the outskirts of the San Remo shopping district until 2007 when it was moved into the larger and more imposing site on the Island proper at Newhaven next to the airport.
This January I had only a couple of nights one weekend to join the rest of the family on a summer break, so I made it a priority to visit the museum at the first opportunity.
Saturday afternoon I travelled across from Cowes and pulled into the museum - which from the outside is reminiscent of a basketball stadium-and, its almost empty car park, I wasn’t sure if this was a good sign.
The entry foyer is deceiving with the small Nui Dat CafĂ© to one side and the usual merchandising section with the counter for admissions on the other side. It was all rather small and compact. It is a wonderful deception and doesn’t prepare you when you pull open the small shop front doors to be greeted by the vast open area filled with history and exhibits. It is only when you remember the aircraft hanger size of the building that you should not have expected less. I believe it is actually much larger than it appears from the outside.
The museum is so comprehensive on the subject it houses that there is nothing you shouldn’t have answered within its walls.
The building houses no less than three complete helicopters including a Cobra Attack Helicopter., a Centurion tank, a Howitzer artillery gun (compete with parachute suspended from the ceiling), transport vehicles as well as many smaller models and dioramas. These items alone will fascinate the kids.
I, however, was fascinated by the detailed listings of those who served and died as well as the large ephemeral collection, including newspapers, log books, beer cans, script currency and the many photos of diggers doing their daily deeds at rest as well as in the field.
One of the most stunning exhibits is the Sound and Light Show This world-class program is a short history of the Vietnam War using multimedia and holographic technology, an informative show lasting eighteen minutes that leaves you much wiser and probably more than a little amazed at the brilliance of the presentation.
Moving between exhibits and pieces you will find complete uniforms from different services as well as support staff, with a collection of arms and munitions. The Museum also doesn’t shy away from the negative aspects of the times with many articles and videos of the protests and anti-war movements that were active during the wars latter years.
It also has a set of the infamous marbles used for the ballot to conscript young men into the services.
Though the Vietnam War was smaller in commitment and territory than World War One and Two, Australia’s involvement actually lasted longer than the latter two combined. And when this is taken into account it highlights how much the Vietnam War had an effect on a country finding its own identity leading up to the 21st Century.
Though I have mentioned the size of the Museum’s area of the exhibition, it is not to you move towards the rear that you get another glimpse of the potential of this museums growth. At the back half of the building is the aircraft restoration area where two massive Wessex helicopters (one partial, one close to completion) are housed and an even larger Canberra bomber with its wings standing beside it, by far the largest piece of the collection and dwarfing all other pieces. This place is so big and full of interesting things that you don’t see it until you’re on top of it.
I grew up watching the Vietnam war on TV every night and it seemed to desensitize me to what was really going on and I don’t remember talking about it with my family or friends, not even at school. It just seemed to be in the background through my pre-teen years. When I did start to pay attention (though not too intensely)  in my latter teens it was the different way the Vietnam war was portrayed compared to other current wars.
The First World War was about farmers (like granddad) rushing off to the other side of the world and then coming back to farm again, on the way giving us a day off from school. The Second World War was all about the Americans and the thousand and one movies I watched showing us how they won the war for everyone. Whilst the older kids I knew whose dads went to war all seemed like normal dads and not a bit like the Americans. The Korean War was M.A.S.H as far as I was concerned, but the Vietnam vets were portrayed as unloved, unwanted fighting a war no one wanted. In most movies, they were cast as crazy loners who didn’t fit in and didn’t want to talk about it.

Eventually, as I grew older I realized all that most of all the above was pure toss and things weren’t as simple as I first thought. The National Vietnam Veterans Museum gives a comprehensive view of the history of the war, the times it was set and the effect it had on Australia and the rest of the world. The whole presentation is done in a way that makes it stimulating and entertaining as well as thought-provoking whilst all the time being very informative. In closing, the museum is excellent value for money and worth a repeat visit.

Originally published in Issue 111 BBCN April 2013


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