Bret Braddock’s Final Meeting

Ladies and gentlemen:

After 3 years and 100+ pages, my comic strip “Showman? The Bret Braddock Adventures” is coming to a (horrible) end. You are invited to witness this end.

Attendees at BRET BRADDOCK’S FINAL MEETING (July 14, from 6:15pm) will become part of a half-arsed theatrical spectacular which will BAMBOOZLE and BEMUSE. Those who experienced BRET BRADDOCK’S AWKWARD WORKPLACE FUNCTION at 2010’s Melbourne Fringe Festival will have some idea of what to expect.

I will not lie: you will be encouraged to buy the few remaining copies of Showman? books 1 & 2.

But you will also be transported to an incredible world of fantasy, in which it JUST MIGHT BE POSSIBLE to tell your stupid boss what a f&c%wit he is!

There will be recriminations!

There will be a PowerPoint presentation.

There will be Arnott’s Classic Assortment.

Bret Braddock’s Final Meeting
(aka: the launch of “Showman?” book 2)

will take place at

Squishface Comics Studio
309 Victoria St, Brunswick

on Saturday, July 14 at 6:15pm.

Party to follow.

How to get there:

TRAIN: Upfield line to Brunswick Station. TRAM No. 19, stop 23. BUS: 508/805.

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Bret Braddock beer mats

I like drawing on beer mats, a.k.a. those disposable cardboard coasters you get in pubs. Always a bonus when you go to a pub and they have some beer mats there with BLANK BACKS! Some beer manufacturers get coasters made with their bullshit advertising on both sides. They are jerks (hello, jerks).

They don’t understand that beer mats are an interactive creative medium! If you leave one side blank, people will write and draw things on them, and often KEEP them. I think marketers call that “prolonged physical penetration”.

True, what people will write and draw are often obscenities and pictures of cocks ‘n ‘balls. But not always!

Here we see a nice drawing some little kid did in a pub. Sarah kept it. Kudos to Coopers for printing blank-backed beer mats so this youngster could develop artistically while his or her dad had a cold one.

I recommend local Melbourne cartoonists head to a pub where they’re serving 2 Brothers Gypsy Pear Cider: the coasters are very nice for drawing on, plus the company’s based in Moorabbin. Think global, draw local. Try the Metropolitan in Nth Melbourne, who also do a very nice chicken parma.

People who order a copy of my Bret Braddock vol. 1 book in the post at the moment are getting a piece of original beer mat art with it (see top), thanks to 2 Brothers! No idea if the cider’s any good. I don’t drink much. I think Sarah liked it, though.

Bret Braddock comic book on sale

Want a printed edition of the Bret Braddock Adventures, Vol. 1?

Want it as an eBook for your iPad, etc?

Either way, you can be helped!

Just go to Docklands Entertainment to purchase.

By doing so, you are supporting the artistic endeavour of somebody who’d be making this strip anyway, even though each one takes hours and even though I lose paid work time by doing it and even though I gotta pay fat bux up front to get them printed.

If you get the eBook, though, that’s all profit. Buy now!

Bret Braddock’s Awkward Launch

About a month ago, we held an event called Bret Braddock’s Awkward Workplace Function as part of the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

The Bret Braddock Adventures

In case you don’t know, I do a (mostly) weekly comic strip over at Docklands Entertainment about Bret Braddock, a fictional entrepreneur who wishes to make quality children’s TV programming, and has absolutely no idea how. Check it out if you haven’t already. I just put Episode 35 online.

I expected to have finished the first 40 episodes by October, so I organised a launch party for the printed collection I was going to do.

Unfortunately I’d had to miss a number of weeks, so the collection didn’t happen. That made the Awkward Work Function awkward for yet another reason!

My sad explanation for why the Bret Braddock comic book didn't appear

So the party went ahead without a book to launch, but WITH awkwardness, nametags and cake (also doughnuts, thanks to Greg Gerrand)!

Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a legal standpoint), there’s no photos or video of the event. But there are a few images I can show you…

Our first speaker at the event was Gary Whiteman, Commissioner of Drama & Reality Drama & Reality Comedy & Reality Variety Light Entertainment at the Eight Network (portrayed by a moustachioed Bernard Caleo).

To reveal his big announcement would spoil the upcoming plot of the comic, but the man has bought some exciting things to show on Eight next year.

The next speaker was a gentleman named Daniel Cranberry (played by Adam Wajnberg) whose company, Cranimation, is very well thought of in the animation scene.

Cranimation is perhaps best known for their amazing new animation software.

Daniel himself is the creator of an exciting new animation method.

Again, his reasons for being there are best left to future Bret Braddock episodes to explain.

The final speaker was Reshelle Williams (portrayed with stunning “realism” by Susanne Daoud), a new addition to Docklands Entertainment’s management team. She distributed a number of special “prizes” to the gathered, nametagged, throng.

Sadly, Bret himself could not be there, although Reshelle relayed a rather fruity message he sent. It was about cake, and the question of who had bought the cake for the party, and had lots of swears in it.

Thanks to all who came, and maybe one day there will in fact be a collected edition of the comics, and a launch for same.