Web store is now open.
Back in the shop is Judy’s wonderful board book These are my hands, as well as her most recent picture book with Mem Fox, the extremely cute Ducks Away! – what could be more fun than counting falling ducks?
Last chance to get a Judy Horacek calendar, featuring a cartoon for every month – a whole year of laughter!
The Horacek online shop is now closed for 2016, and will re-open on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. Feel free to order anything you’d like between now and then, but it probably won’t be delivered until next January. Wishing everyone a wonderful festive season, full of many happy, merry and joyous things, and a wonderful beginning to 2017! Which can only be an improvement on 2016, surely. xx
The Pozible campaign has now finished, and I’m busily working on making my big pile of cartoons into a proper book – selecting, arranging, tidying the scans, getting the design done.
The campaign is over, but you can still pledge/pre-buy copies of the new cartoon book, it’s just moved to my website shop. You can buy a single copy or a discounted set of 5. A beautiful giclee print of the cover image is also available in the shop, , along with lots of other great things, such as picture books, previous cartoon books, even a Judy Horacek Calendar!
The book is at https://horacek.com.au/horacek-shop/new/random-life.
The Random Life print is at https://horacek.com.au/horacek-shop/new/random-life-2
The Horacek online shop is chockfull of ideal Christmas and just anything gifts – cartoon books, picture books, including Mem Fox and my new one, Ducks Away, prints, the first ever Judy Horacek calendar available in Australia, all kinds of things! You can even pre-purchase Random Life, the nascent new Judy Horacek cartoon book, to be sent out to you when it’s published in March next year.
We’ll be closing for Christmas soon – it’s been a big year and we all need some rest. All orders need to be received by Tuesday 13th December, in order for us to fill them and get them posted off to you that week (Express Post options available) .
Time to go shopping – https://horacek.com.au/horacek-shop/
Thanks so much to everyone who contributed – not only for the money but for the vote of confidence and the support of the idea. And for the many lovely comments too. It was really gratifying to feel there was so much love out there for my work. I achieved the target, so – drum roll – a 224 page cartoon collection by Judy Horacek, to be called Random Life, will be published early next year. Hooray!
Pre-purchases are still very very welcome (to go towards a publicist I will need to hire to help the book on its way in the world when it is published). You can do that through the Horacek shop, https://horacek.com.au/horacek-shop/all/random-life/ Everyone is welcome!
Thanks again, xxxxxx
My crowdfunding campaign on Pozible was a huge success – thanks so much to all who joined in, it was a lot of fun in amongst the stress. I raised enough funds for the printing and design of the book, with enough extra to make it 224 pages rather than the originally proposed 192, and to be able to print it in Australia rather than overseas. It will be available in March 2017.
Don’t despair if you missed out on pre-purchasing the book through the campaign, you can now do that in the Horacek shop, https://horacek.com.au/horacek-shop/all/random-life. There are a number of options – a single book, or discounted 5 books, and a Gift Card set – a Christmas card sent out in December for you or your chosen recipient, with the book delivered to them in March 2017.
The book is to be called Random Life, and I’ve done a very beautiful watercolour image for the cover (it’s riffing a bit on Woman with Altitude, but if you can’t riff on your own cartoons, then what can you do?) Giclee prints of this will be available in the shop soon.
I’m into the final week of the campaign for the new book (it ends 2 November, 10pm AEST) and for the last few days I’ve been working on the picture for the cover. Covers tend to make me nervous, they are an extremely important part of the book
, and the awareness of that importance can be paralysing. But I’m quite pleased with this image, riffing as it does on Woman with Altitude, my best known cartoon. I like the idea of the cartoonist being a conductor too. My designer, Fiona Edge, can now work her magic with text and cropping and other secret skills. Hope you like it.
(By the way, a high quality giclee print of this is one of the Rewards in my Pozible crowdfunding campaign, A3 in size, which is hte size of the original, strictly limited to 25. )
My Pozible campaign to raise the money to fund the new book has reached 100% of its target, hip hip hooray and hurrah! That was its first target, to print a 192 page book. It’s also reached its second target, to make the book longer, 224 pages. Hooray again! I’m very grateful to all the people who have helped me get this far, thank you all so much. It is absolutely brilliant to have pre-sold so many books, and to know that the New Cartoon Book is actually going to happen.
Sorry I haven’t put this wonderful news on my website until now, but I had no idea how busy a Pozible campaign makes a person!
But there’s more – there’s a third target – I’d love to print this book in Australia, rather than overseas, this takes a lot more money but gives us all a warm glow. It’s an Icing on the Cake Goal. After all, if we’re going to do it, let’s do it properly! To reach it, I need the campaign to go up to $19,800 – that’s 143% of my original target. 143% is the new 100%. I’m currently at 122% so it’s possible – all it takes is pledges. Here’s the link to spread far and wide – https://pozible.com/user/204669/
In one hour it will be 24 hours times 5 since I launched this campaign to raise the money to selfpublish a new book and it’s going really well, $9285, which is 67% of my goal. I’m really grateful to everyone who has pledged, from the smallest to the greatest amount. Thank you all! Supporters with a special shoutout are Liz Telford, Roz Daniell, Ika Willis, Jack Ennis Butler, Criena Fitzgerald, Jannine Barnes, Lyn Valentine, Sueanne Mathews, Marita Cullen, Sue Tape, Patrick Nielsen, Helen Spyrou and Beth Battrick. 143 supporters so far – heartfelt thanks to you all.
The following wonderful people have supported my Pozible campaign in its very first 24 hours: Francesca Rendle-Short, Rose Momsen, R Connor, Rebecca Dominguez, Pat Tandy, Maria Ostbye, Lee Kennedy, Bruce Francis, Peter Horacek, Helen Maxwell, Helen Ennis, Robyn Vale, John Horacek, Ben Ennis Butler, Kathy Henderson, Alex Fiveash, Jan and Ivan Horacek, Rowena Morrison, Marion Stell, Lyn Valentine and Brenda Parkes
Thank you all so much for your support. xxxx
The New Horacek Cartoon Book is on its way to being a reality! Here’s the link to the campaign: https://pozible.com/project/204669
It’s high time there was a new Horacek cartoon book out in the world! The last one was 2010, which is ages ago, and of course I’ve done lots of fabulous cartoons since then. My plan is to self-publish, and I’ve got a three week crowdfunding* campaign going at Pozible to raise the money. Really what I’m asking you to do is to pre-pay for a copy of the book, which will be delivered to you next March. You help me with the money side, you receive a cartoon book in return. Absolutely a win win situation. A simple click here will take you to my campaign.
*What is Crowd-funding?
Crowd-funding is where you (that is, me) ask the ‘crowd’, i.e. anyone and everyone, to help you with funds so you can make your project a reality. Nowadays there are a number of websites that do this, the one I am using is Pozible. I have set up a ‘campaign’ on the Pozible website, which describes my project, who I am, how much money I need to make the book a reality and so on. It also features lots of the cartoons that will be in the book. You can see it here, https://pozible.com/project/204669
But you don’t have to hand over money for nothing, there are ‘rewards’. My most basic reward is a copy of the book, which you will receive when it is published $25, and they go up from there. So as I said above, it is really just paying in advance for the book, in order that it can hapen.
To do this, you do have to sign up to Pozible. That’s relatively straight forward, you give your name and email address. Payments are via credit card or Paypal.
You are only charged if the project is successful, that is reaches its target. If I don’t reach my target funds, I don’t get anything and no book is made. So please, share the word!
For a long time I’ve been planning to investigate giclee printing in relation to my work (a lot of artists are doing them nowadays) and I’ve finally done it. Giclee prints are reproduction prints of an extremely high quality, printed on archival paper and with proper pigment based inks. So, not prints in the ‘printmaking’ sense of getting one’s hands dirty and messing about with inks and presses and I suppose I’ve been a bit of a purist about them. But giclee prints are not pretending to be art prints, they are a different beast altogether, and they are a wonderful way to create a limited edition of what was a one-off work, a watercolour painting for example. (And they are certainly not pretending to be the original work either, which has a value way beyond a reproduction, no matter how great the quality of the reproduction is).
In an exhibition I had last year, I exhibited prints and also eleven watercolour paintings. I’d never exhibited actual paintings before. They sold out quickly, which was very gratifying. In my not quite humble opinion, they have a beauty and an atmosphere to them – unlike cartoons they are not reliant on a punchline and their meanings are open, and more complicated. I realised that I wanted more people to be able to see the images, or at least a version of the images, and perhaps have them hanging in their homes. So I decided they should be my first foray into giclee print editions. I’ve had some printed up and they are now available for sale in the Horacek shop. There is something magical about an original painting, the actual piece that the artist has touched and worked on, the physicality of the paint applied, the textures of the markmaking, the fact, above all, that it is unique. Giclee prints are not that – they are reproduction prints. But they are beautifully produced and look stunning. The editions are strictly limited to 25. Anyway, take a look – there are examples on this page and you can see the whole eleven in the website shop (which also has all the information about size, price etc)
As of the beginning of this month and until next February, I am now doing THREE cartoons a week in the Age. That’s two more than my regular one. I’m filling in for Oslo who is taking a bit of a break from that spot. My cartoons are now appearing on Wednesdays and Fridays, as well as Mondays – hurrah! Weldon has the spot on Tuesdays and Thursdays. You can find the cartoons on the Weather Page, next to the Quiz – clearly a very important place, in spite of being quite a way down the back.
I’m always putting photos of dawns and dusks on Instagram and Facebook, yes cliches, but also, awesome (in the original sense of the word) and my favourite times to look at the sky. Here is a supercharged version – the sunrise of every morning in my trip to Skopelos Island in Greece earlier this year, a series of photos made into a film. Every morning I would throw open my bedroom shutters and take a picture. Not exactly the same time each day, but all still within the sunrise zone. (Had I known from the start I was making a series I would have been more careful to use the same orientation and viewpoint, and quite possibly I would have set an alarm as well). Every sunrise was different, that’s my main point – the sea, the sky, the light – an ever changing beautiful drama. I was there doing a printmaking workshop with Australian printer Basil Hall – he’s based in ACT/NSW but also has a studio on the island and runs a tour to Skopelos every year – highly recommended. After taking my photos, I usually draw for a few hours until breakfast (well, yes okay, some days I did just go back to sleep for a while), and then we would make prints all day. Plus there were beaches and tavernas and walks to do. It seemed so easy to be an artist there, thinking deeply about pictures and exploring ideas. Back in my real life that sense is harder to maintain, the tedious tasks of making a living seem to loom large – but I am trying! Exploring other mediums (such as ‘films’ and ceramics and trying to keep building on my printmaking knowledge and skills) is an important part of that.
The sea in the photos is the Aegean, the headland on the right is part of Skopelos Island, the island in the background is Alonisos, and the pyramid mountain you can see in a couple of the shots is Mount Athos on the mainland, which is not visible everyday, apparently seeing it brings you luck. So, welcome to my first ever foray into film-making – nothing brilliant but undeniably pretty.
There is a young Iranian cartoonist called Ali, aka Eaten Fish, being held in detention on Manus Island, and he’s not faring well. A petition has been started calling for the Australian government to allow him to come to the mainland for medical treatment. Led by First Dog on the Moon, who has been mentoring Ali, and corresponding with him, a number of cartoonists have drawn cartoons showing their support, including me. Have a look at all of them on the Save Eaten Fish website where you can also sign the petition. Please please do sign the petition. (By the way, I don’t think any one at all should be incarcerated on Manus Island, not non-cartoonists either)