Artist Showcase – Bryn DC

Art – by Bryn DC
Words – by Morgan Thistlethwaite

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This accepted reality is but a delicately thin veil. What lies beneath, one can’t even begin to comprehend. Unless of course, you are artist Bryn DC, whose body of work explores this realm of unimaginable horror, bringing nightmares to life through sculpture, photography and moving images.

The year is 2006. The place, a student house in Canberra. Like the others at this party, I am an aspiring young artist, drawn by the promise of something deliciously bohemian and debaucherously dangerous. Not quite Dogs in Space, but still very exciting to a wide-eyed country boy like me. Every room buzzes with an energy that only the young, inspired, and hopeful can create. The bottle in my hand is empty. This minor setback leads me to the kitchen where I retrieve a fresh bottle from the fridge. I remove the twist-top lid and flick it in the general direction of the bin when I am accosted by a tall teenager with angular features.

“Birdseed under the eyelids!” he shouts, wild eyes gleaming under a floppy fringe, “Can you imagine anything more painful?” He gesticulates the action with his hands. As strange as he is, he certainly has my attention.

Flashforward three years, after I’ve escaped our nation’s Capital Territory to settle in Melbourne, and I’ve all but forgotten about this strange boy. Unbeknownst to me, the strange boy has outgrown Canberra and I am surprised to learn that he’s living a suburb away, on the couch of a mutual friend. In need of a place to stay until he finds his feet, he moves in to the spare room of our Brunswick house with my brother and me. With two cats and a backyard, this arrangement is good, if not a little chaotic. The place has become some kind of halfway-home for artists and backpackers. I move out, and life goes on.

Another three years pass, and it comes to be that once again, I have a spare room that Bryn DC ends up living in. With more cats and more backyard, it is slightly less chaotic—though not by much.

Situations and living arrangements change again and again. Every now and then our paths cross, but there is always one constant with Bryn DC, and that’s his passion for horror and art.

Over the years, like many of us, he’s tried his hand at a variety of disciplines to expand his knowledge, and to find his true calling as an artist. The journey has brought him to now, where he’s landed with both feet firmly on the ground, in photography. Drawing on his wide range of skills and experience in special effects and sculpture, he’s able to tell tales that span horror, alternate dystopian timelines (both past and future), and all in a style that is truly recognisable as his own.

The proof is in the pudding.

For more art and full credits visit: https://bryndc.com/


Follow and support Bryn DC at:

https://www.facebook.com/bryndcphotography/

https://www.instagram.com/bryndc/

 

 

Comic – Everything’s Coughing Up Roses

Comic – by Mr Sharp

Bros before nos. #everythingscoughinguproses #comic #27 #bro #no #cleanityourself #tryshizz #shizzlite

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Mr Sharp’s lo-fi comic Everything’s Coughing Up Roses follows the story of a worn and weary bartender at war with the daily grind that is his life.

Cynical, surreal, and at times, incredibly violent, this is a funny and frank portrayal of the man behind the bar.

#10 #everythingscoughinguproses #comic #imagination #dickhead

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For more comics, find Mr Sharp on Instagram.

Comic – Assorted strips

Comic – by Andy Mai Mai


The intricate detail of Andy Mai Mai’s work is testament to the time and dedication poured into each piece, and this assortment of strips are no exception.

Some of these were one-off promotional drawings for Potato Revolution back in the early days. Like all his work, even these one-offs hint at a story larger than the panels they encompass.

Whether contemplative, surreal, comical, or all of the above, Andy’s work always manages to feel incredibly personal.

 

You can see more of his work on his blog.

Comic – Wazu the Streetfighting Lemur

Comic – by Morgan Thistlethwaite

Wazu the streetfighting Lemur is written and drawn by Mog.

Made in 2013, this sequence was an experiment in colouring with Photoshop. Mog hopes to soon develop Wazu’s origin story into a full-length comic.

Until then, you can see more of Wazu on Mog’s Tumblr.