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2014 Homecooked Comics Festival


It’s been awhile, but I ran another festival. A small one this time, but definitely one of the most enjoyable. I think the older I get, the more I can just trust people to be awesome, and everyone definitely delivered on Sunday.

More info here:

In case you are wondering, yes this is the same Homecooked Comics Festival that Darebin City Council ran in 2012 and 2013. For 2014 they outsourced the management of it.

One of the Few Good Biography Comics

My friend John looking out for me

Cartooning Course at Squishface – Term 4 2013

Ben Huchings

Ben Hutchings* and I will be teaching cartooning at Squishface Studio in Brunswick during term 4. You can book via

Image from a diorama Ben built.

Image from a diorama Ben built.

WHAT: Drawing skills, character design and comic creation for 8 years and up.

Tutors Sarah Howell and Ben Hutchings will guide students to develop their own cartooning style.

8 x 1.5 hour sessions

4.30pm – 6pm, 17 October – 5 December

Squishface is a studio of working cartoonists, illustrators and animators.

COST: $120 paid via

Squishface Studio
309 Victoria Street
Brunswick, Victoria 3056

CONTACT DETAILS: Sarah Howell,, Ph: 0419369845

* Ben Hutchings is a cartoonist and illustrator. His comic Iron Bard Ballisto! was featured on DC Comics’ webcomic series Zuda. He is working on a kid’s graphic novel titled Mini Mel and Timid Tim.


The last few weeks I have been focusing on perspective and foreshortening with my classes, here are some Alex Ross inspired foreshortening exercises we did.



Graphic Novels Course

Me talking about my graphic novel at Melbourne Writers' Festival

Me (on the far right, beside the white board) talking about my graphic novel at 2013 Melbourne Writers' Festival panel "Under Construction".

I will be teaching a short course introducing students to the process of creating a graphic novel at the Centre for Adult Education in Melbourne.

6 -9pm 6th, 13th, 2oth, and 27th November.

More info here:



I am one of the successful recipients of a fellowship from The Australian Prime Ministers’ Centre at the Museum of Australian Democracy – Old Parliament House (pictured above). They will support me in the research and drafting of my graphic novel (see previous posts tagged “Enid Lyons” for details). I will present my script and page roughs at a seminar in July next year.

Pictured below is how the Museum of Australian Democracy looked during Dame Enid Lyons’ time there, when it functioned as our federal parliament.

Old Parliament House, 1940s (National Archives Australia)

Reading Comics in Public Day


Laneway Learning


Last week I ran my first class at Laneway Learning, “Make a Mini-Comic”.

It was a sellout class!

I highly recommend checking out the Laneway Learning program

Melbourne Writers’ Festival


I am talking about the Enid book at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival on 10.30am Saturday 21st August at the NGV (Fed Square).

“What does it take to make a graphic novel? Graphic novelists Bruce Mutard, Sarah Howell and Mirranda Burton share their works in progress and show how they research, write, draw and design a finished book. Go behind the scenes to discover how scenes are made.”


There are some great comic-related events programmed for 24th August, including international speakers, so come on down to the NGV!



  • Sarah Howell

    Cartoonist, educator, director of Homecooked Comics Festival and founding member of Squishface Studio.

  • David Blumenstein

    I regularly collaborate
    with my husband, David Blumenstein.

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