Michael Hill a.k.a. Doctor Comics
Michael Hill (a.k.a. Doctor Comics) has a Graduate Diploma in Media Studies (AFTRS), a Master’s degree in animation (UTS) and a PhD in comics (Macquarie) which prompted his introduction on ABC Radio as “Doctor Comics”.
A member of the Editorial Boards of the International Journal of Comic Art and The Comics Grid Journal of Comics Scholarship, and the Advisory Committee of the Q-Collection Comic Book Preservation Project he has lectured on Anime and Manga at the Art Gallery of NSW, Electrofringe, DiGiT Expo, the Japan Foundation and the Powerhouse Museum and has been interviewed many times in the media.
At the University of Technology, Sydney he won an Award for Innovative Teaching and held Course Director positions in Animation, Interdisciplinary Studies, Postgraduate Design and Visual Communication. Previously, he was Lecturer in Film and Video at Sydney College of the Arts where he made some AFI award nominated experimental films and developed the application of Japanese style woodblock printmaking in animation and graphics projects. His considerable experience of Art and Design education ranges from technology and management to research and he has worked as a consultant to several institutions including the NSW HSC curriculum study of Anime in Japanese Language and Culture subjects.
Having donated his research collection, the Michael Hill Collection of Australian Comics, to the National Library of Australia and having retired from academia, he is now concentrating on creative projects including his own artist book/graphic novel Blotting Paper: The Recollected Graphical Impressions Of Doctor Comics that he completed in 2016. As an artist he has exhibited at the Silicon Pulp Animation Gallery, DAB LAB Research Gallery, the Bunker Cartoon Gallery, the national touring 2010 and 2011 Bald Archy Prize, and at Gauge Gallery, Glebe in 2013. He has continued to apply Japanese printmaking techniques as a method of image-making in his creative projects.