David Blumenstein is a writer, cartoonist and animation director. He eats chicken parmigianas and pays for them by thinking and drawing things. He is currently in an “experience illustrator” role (think experience designer/comic artist) at Insurance Australia Group (IAG).
He has been published in collections by Hardie Grant, Affirm Press and Allen & Unwin, and has appeared in literary journals like Voiceworks, Going Down Swinging, The Lifted Brow and The Canary Press. His 2015 book about pick-up artists is called #takedown and is published by Pikitia Press.
In 2012, David co-founded Squishface Studio, Australia’s first open comics studio, which functions as a workplace, retail space and classroom and recently celebrated five years in operation. It fosters collaboration and creativity, scolds foreign dictators, contributes to Senate inquiries and runs Melbourne’s Homecooked Comics Festival.
David produces editorial comics for outlets like Crikey, Junkee, Guardian Australia, Australian MAD and SBS Comedy. He helped his brother, Tristian, produce a school essay called The Bolt Report, which won a Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award in the category of Graphic Short Story (its subject, columnist Andrew Bolt, described it as “adolescent”). Tristian spent much of 2016 writing about current events for the Daily Review.