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Tad P. has been writing and producing comics in Australia since the early 80's - starting with 'The Dynamic Dark Nebula' Graphic Novel in '82.
He then hooked up with the 'Cyclone' crew and continued to write the adventures of 'The Dark Nebula' and his other creation, 'The Golden Age Southern Cross', along with co-creator Glenn Lumsden (read more about Glenn below).
After an apprenticeship in Cyclone, The Dark Nebula returned to his own on-going title which became something of a cult-favorite in the late 80's / early 90's.
His chief writing influences are Roy Thomas, Steve Englehart and Chris Claremont, his artistic influences include Steve Ditko and Jim Starlin.
Separate to writing comics he has been an accomplished Radio Broadcaster over a 21 year period.
He's recently taken a break from that to focus on his first love, writing and publishing comics, but this time on the worldwide web where a broader distribution is not only possible, but feasible.
When he's not working, he's watching DVDs, listening to music, hiking, fishing, driving or doing the odd bit of model-railroading, all the time getting new inspiration for fresh stories.
Shane is an Ambulance Paramedic in Paradise ? sometimes referred to as Queensland, Australia ? and has been tinkering in comics for the past twenty years. He has had his work published in numerous Australian comics, including Southern Aurora Presents, Captain Koala and Australian War Stories. He is also the artist on the new adventures of 'The Dark Nebula'!
Shane is a frequent contributor to The Jack Kirby Collector and to Roy Thomas' Alter Ego magazine, illustrating the cover of Alter Ego #27, mimicking the great Jack Kirby's style.
Besides 'The Dark Nebula', Shane and his colouring partner Sarge currently collaborate in creating the ongoing children's comic 'The Saga of Shakah-Rune', published in Krash magazine in Australia.
Glenn Lumsden was born in 1964 in Sydney, Australia, and started doing comics in the late 70's with Tad P. In the early 80's he worked on various aussie comics with Tad, Dave de Vries and Gary Chaloner.
In the late 80's he formed a partnership with Dave and worked on comic books and comic strips both locally and overseas, most notably The Phantom: Ghost Who Walks mini-series for Marvel Comics.
In the mid 90's he was involved with Barossa Studios, a group of South Australian creators who produced art and stories for magazines, books and advertising.
Currently he's working solo for magazines such as Reader's Digest, The Financial Review and Men's Style as well as illustrating text books for John Wiley & Sons.
"Gene Colan was a big influence in my younger years, as well as Jack Kirby," Glenn notes. "Later on it was Jim Steranko, Neal Adams and Paul Gulacy. Then I discovered Brian Bolland and it felt like I started an entirely new journey. I retaught myself how to draw from scratch, using Bolland as my reference point and benchmark. He still astounds me whenever I see a new piece.
"I really like a number of other artists, like Tim Vigil, Jerry Ordway, Steve Rude, Mark Schultz, Dave Stevens and a host of Manga artists from Japan, but it's hard to quantify their influence on my drawing when Bolland is such a dominating factor. Suffice to say, I think it's impossible NOT to be influenced by the artists you admire, because you try to achieve in your art the same feelings you get from looking at their art. Whenever I see something that massages my eye-balls, no matter who's done it, I always think "Wow! How the hell did they do that?" What can I learn from it, how can I achieve a similar effect?
"I've often noticed when meeting other illustrators a reticence on their part to acknowledge obvious influences and mentors, as though this would somehow compromise their originality and integrity. But to my mind, the way to evolve into something new means being absolutely open to what others are currently doing as well as what's been done before. Embrace it, digest it, take it apart and see how it ticks! Learn what you can, add it to your bag of tricks and move on in search of the next good thing.
"I've found for me that learning how to draw is more fun than the actual drawing, and I look forward to finding out what I can do in another ten years time."
Photograph of Glenn Lumsden by John Kruger.