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Make Comics Metal Again – a chat with Aaron Sammut – DIYFS

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For the unfamiliar, ‘Maurice & the Metal’ is a brand new independent comic that tells a story involving metal and superpowers set in the 80’s. Entirely self produced, funded and written..this is a labor-of-love project that captured my attention for its cool look, fun concept and multitude of in-jokes which only musos will get! I sent some questions to Aaron, the Brisbane based writer behind this project to learn more about how this all came about. Continue reading Make Comics Metal Again – a chat with Aaron Sammut – DIYFS

Maurice & The Metal – Issue #1

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I love metal. Meshuggah, Pantera, Soilwork, all that hear. I get a buzz when I’m driving, working out or skating to this stuff. On a train, working, walking, wherever I am that energy is there for me to tap into. My hands and feet can rarely stay still.

Perhaps that is why I was so fascinated and intrigued by the concept behind this new independent comic ‘Maurice & The Metal’. The protagonist in this story is an all too relatable drummer with a long list of dead-bands to his name, devoted to his love of music and one day…gets super strength from listening to Black Sabbath. I fucking died. This was like one of those daydreams! From the very moment I read the ‘press email’ about this project I knew I had to read it. HAD TO. Not want!

The instantly recognisable red cover and image of Maurice and his enchanted Walkman will be easily spotted wherever you buy your comics. I strongly suggest the physical to the digital edition, but whatever floats your boat. If your local doesn’t have it yet, the links are at the bottom to help you.

The story is taking place in the mid 80’s, arguably a golden age for what we have come to call ‘heavy metal’ before all the genre’s and styles branched off it. There’s a lot of band-references, jokes that musicians are going to get and so many subtle nods to behaviours that I am 100% sure are going to connect with many of us.

For example…see the radiating evil pop music sound waves and Maurice’s pained expression…

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GOLD. This was literally me vs. younger sister at 17!

This is a labor of love for Brisbane based writer Aaron Sammut who penned the story and partnered with US artist Jesse Hamm for the illustrations.

The line work and drawing is great. The comic is black and white but makes a terrific job of using greys, negative space and blacking areas out to draw your eyes attention to whatever is the focus for that scene. It’s a simple and clean style that reminded me of YA graphic novels but don’t let that turn you off. It’s just uncluttered and Jesse isn’t filling in every single square inch of the page. Doesn’t need to.

I think black and white is really going to serve this series well. Jesse has done loads of stuff that comic fans will know, big names, big gigs…but..his skills here are lending a certain gravity and credibility to the overall product. It’s not enough that it’s a hilarious concept…it’s drawn as good as anything you’d see in a shop.

So breaking the third wall.. Aaron tucked away in the back page listening suggestions while you read. For this, it was Master of Puppets. The little things, the subtle nods and ideas made the whole thing feel so special and instantly nostalgic! Taking it one step further..here’s a playlist they made up for variety if you don’t want to do a whole album!

It’s actually killer. Just listen to it whenever…comic or not 🙂

So… if you are a metal fan who also reads comics…this is for you. For us!

Get Issue #1 The Disposable Hero here:

http://maurice-and-the-metal.com/

https://www.comixology.com/Maurice-The-Metal-1/digital-comic/766222?

https://www.facebook.com/mauriceandthemetal

DIYFS – Garage Guitars

25358455_1742478749115911_2610435599243001345_oWhilst scrolling through my feed I came across a beautiful Telecaster for sale in Victoria  (not the one pictured) from a guy who made it himself. I was immediately intrigued and decided to ‘follow’ his page to see what else he had. The range and styles on offer was impressive enough but what made this so much cooler was how the materials selected were actually recycled. That’s right, the wood, the most integral part wasn’t being spewed out of a factory or production line, but found and re-used. I had to know more! Continue reading DIYFS – Garage Guitars

Talk Less: A decade of D.I.Y. by Lesstalk Records

 

‘Talk Less’ is a book available both in print and digital format which chronicles 10 years of the dedicated underground DIY label in Australia. It’s filled with candid and intense photos of shows, living rooms, laneways and garages getting filled with people, music, art and being torn apart!

You probably weren’t there. It wasn’t a big deal. The shows, these releases and artists aren’t trying to get all the attention. They aren’t necessarily trying to break through. They’re trying to be relevant and honest. So this book documents how Matheson and his people brought it all into being via that same organic zero-bullshit way. Continue reading Talk Less: A decade of D.I.Y. by Lesstalk Records

DIYFS: Swords Down – A history of emo in Australia*

(*it’s also a great song by Purplene)

So here’s an answer for the question ’what bands should I start listening to?’ WITHOUT the judgement you’d expect from elite scenesters and keyboard warriors. Take it from someone who was around when these bands were, this is where you start. Continue reading DIYFS: Swords Down – A history of emo in Australia*

DIYFS: Kink Guitar Effects

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The DIY/boutique pedal scene continues to grow with the internet opening up opportunities for local builders to enter into the market. They ride a healthy trend of attention from local and global buyers on facebook groups and pages and Melbourne based ‘Kink Guitar effects’ is turning some heads! Meet Mark..he makes fuzz pedals. Really good ones. Continue reading DIYFS: Kink Guitar Effects

DIYFS – MEDOR Amps

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Digging through gumtree looking at gear…I came across a really cool looking pedal and noticed it was handmade in Melbourne and put it on my ‘watch list’ which should actually be called the ‘cant afford but still want it list’. I later discovered through a recommendation that the pedal belonged to a builder who was based locally (to me) and is making amps, pedals and mods from home.. so naturally I had to get in touch!!

So world.. meet MEDOR! Continue reading DIYFS – MEDOR Amps