HI EVERYBLOODY!! I hope pou’re all enjoying my website. its a whole new ball-game to me and to my C.E.O Pete as well. With the help of Randsta i think it’s looking alright but we’ll keep havin’ a crack with it until it’s absolute tippy top. We’ll keep adding old ‘PUB’ strips from different years so keep looking ‘cos you’re probably in one of them. I did say years ago that it was my job to draw everyone in the world [or myworld in St kilda, at least]. If you should want to be in your own strip click onto ‘personal portraits‘ on the site and follow the instructions and send photos ‘n’ money ‘n’ shit and before you can say “Bobs your transgender auntie” you’ll have your very own ‘PUB‘strip to show to all your mates [or,if youdon’t have any mates buy a ‘Footy Mouth‘ t-shirt, a greeting card and an old flyer and you could have a hundred new mates in a week!]
The other day i re-read the ‘PIRANHAS IN LOVE book and fuck i enjoyed it! No,really! I thinkit’s one of my crowning achievements as an artist not least because working with such a talented writer like Elizabeth Reale was a major pleasure and one of the most inspired eras of my life so far. The first time i met Elizabeth i knew i was going to do something creative with her. She came running into the pub [ The Barkly] waving arounda bunch of photos she’d just had developed and needed to show someone and had spotted two mutual friends through the window. We were introduced and i perused the photos. She’d taken photos of Horsiekins [a tiny 3 inch version of the horsehead on a stick that i play in various bands] and Little Wonder [ a cute little finger puppet]. She had set Horsiekins and Little Wonder in various situations around the duckpond at St kilda Junction park.
Elizabeth did the voice-over on the photos so it read like a photo-comic strip. Not only was it funny it was just too-darn-cute, not to mention quite bizarre. We became life-long friends instantly and not long after that we wrote the first episode of Piranhas in Love at the Pint on Punt in 2010. For the next 5 to 6 years we worked on the novel at least twice a week. Early week we’d meet at a great bar in Carlisle St. called ‘Stop 35. We loved that bar ‘cos no-one knew about it and we pretty much had the place to ourselves except for Nina the publican, a classic St kilda Character, who let us do what we wanted [play our own C.D.s, Smoke pot, have naps on the couch etc.] while we mapped out the storylines,the characters,the jokesand the plots.
On Thursday nights i was employed at the Pint on Punt to draw all the backpackers into an outrageous pornographic strip called ‘PIG’.
I’d do that strip as quick as possible then work on the Piranhas strip till stumps. Quite often Elizabeth and I would get a 6-pack and go to a park and work on the next weeks Pirahnas script until 3 or 4 in the morning. At the time we were both reading lots of Iris Murdoch novels which was a big influence on our bizarre novel. We were also devouring George Eliot, Elizabeth Bowen, Margaret Drabble,Elizabeth Jane Howard, Margaret Atwood, Aphra Behn and a big tome on Mesapatomium Cosmology. We were also watching lots of splatter movies. At one stage we read whole lot of Mills and Boon romances and even started watching ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’. We were on such a roll with our writing we thought we could make a fist at writing our own Mills and Boon paperbacks. We soon discarded that idea when we sent away for the ‘How to write a Mills and Boon romance pamphlet with all the rules and guidelines. “Fuck that!” we cried. There were too many rules like “,,dont make the characters too interesting” and “,,at no point in the plot should one character bite another characters face off”. Even though the money would have been lucrative doing vanilla, soapie romances we decided to stick with our beloved piranhas. Anyhoo,Piranhas in Love was a labour of love, one that took 6 to 7 years to complete [even tho’ it’s only Volume 1] and a shitload of moneyto produce and print.
Hooray Fuck! We rock!! I believe we will have some beautiful Piranhas in Love tote bags up on the site soon. You better get in quick when they’re available ‘cosif everyone who has asked me about mine buy one they’ll be gone within a week
Alright, that’s about it for me for now. I’ve got a date with a pint of draught and a passel of ningnongs to help solve the world’s problems before the end of Happy Hour.