Gary Chaloner
Gary Chaloner in 2017.
Born (1963-03-30) 30 March 1963 (age 58)
Campsie, New South Wales, Australia
Occupationcartoonist, writer, artist, publisher, designer
EducationSt. Mel's Primary School, Campsie, De La Salle College Ashfield, KvB Institute
Period1982 – present
GenreAdventure, Crime, Pulp Fiction
SpouseBelinda née Prideaux
Childrenone son, one stepson
Website
garychaloner.com

Gary Chaloner (born 30 March 1963, in Sydney) is an Australian comic book artist, writer and publisher.[1][2] He is known for his creations The Jackaroo, Flash Damingo, Red Kelso and The Undertaker Morton Stone, as well as his work on Will Eisner's John Law.

Chaloner began self publishing in 1985 with David de Vries, Glenn Lumsden and Tad Pietrzykowski under the Cyclone Comics imprint.[3][4]

In 1989 he illustrated an issue of Mike Baron's Badger (issue #58 published by First Comics in January 1990). Chaloner undertook the artwork on Eternity Comics' Ninja High School (issue 17 published February 1990). He was the writer/artist of Planet of the Apes: Urchak's Folly (with Dillon Naylor and Greg Gates) by Adventure Comics in October 1990.[5][6] Together with Stephen Jewell, Chaloner wrote and illustrated Epic ComicsThe Olympians published in 1991–1992.[7]

In 1994 Chaloner was the Australian editor for Dark Horse Comics' limited three issue Dark Horse Down Under, which included the introduction of his creation, The Undertaker Morton Stone, with Ashley Wood and Ben Templesmith. He also worked for Marvel Comics (inking the "Of Leather and Lace" story in Generation X Annual 1995).

In 2002, he worked with Will Eisner to develop new stories featuring the Eisner creations John Law, Lady Luck and Mr. Mystic.[8] These stories were first published online on the now-defunct comics collective site, Modern Tales, and then were published in print in 2004 by IDW Publishing.[9][10] He also worked for DC Comics (artwork on the "Batman vs. Manhunter" story in Power Company issue #15 published October 2003).

In 2005, he inaugurated the Ledger Awards, Australian comic book awards that 'acknowledge excellence and achievement in Australian comic arts and publishing'.[11][12] In 2020, he stood down from the Ledger's organising committee, citing a need to refocus on his health, and creating and publishing new comic book material.

In 2013 was the writer and artist on Breckinridge Elkins: Mountain Man in issues #7-9 of Dark Horse ComicsRobert E. Howard's Savage Sword, published in February-September 2013 in the United States

Other projects of note include covers and illustrations for Tim Byrd's Doc Wilde and the Frogs of Doom (published in 2013 by Outlaw Moon Books), Cyclone Force (with Tim McEwen, Tad Pietrzykowski and Graeme Jackson), and Proud Heart: The Love of Achilles, with writer Gary Proudley (Gestalt Publishing – January 2014), Unmasked (Gestalt Comics – April 2015), Astro City (issue #28 published in October 2015 by Vertigo Comics).[13][14] In 2016 he produced the cover art for Frew Publications' The Phantom (issue #1755), the first Phantom story to be set on Australian soil.

In 2015 The Undertaker Morton Stone Vol. 1 was a finalist in the Aurealis Award for best illustrated book or graphic novel, an annual literary award for Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror fiction.[15]

He was the 2017 recipient of the Jim Russell Award, made to the individual or organisation who in the opinion of the Australian Cartoonist's Association Board has made a significant contribution to Australian cartooning.[16]

Across 2017–18, he published nine issues of Cyclone Redux: The Adventures of Flash Damingo and The Jackaroo under the Cyclone Comics imprint. These issues reprinted his material from earlier Cyclone Comics editions.

His current projects under the Cyclone Comics imprint include Adventure Illustrated (an anthology featuring 'Cyclone Force', 'Red Kelso', and 'Greener Pastures' by Michael Michalandos and Tim McEwen), The Undertaker Morton Stone (with artists Ryan Vella, Jason Paulos, Matthew Dunn and Dillon Naylor), and The Jackaroo Adventures.[17]

In July 2021, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

He currently resides in Tasmania, Australia.

Tribute

In issues 10-12 of DC Comics Manhunter (published July 1988 – April 1990) writer John Ostrander introduces two supporting characters, Gary DeVries and David Chaloner, operators of the Southern Cross Salvage Company. The characters re-appear in issues 21-24, written by Kim Yale.[18]

References

  1. ^ "Gary Chaloner". Design and Art Australia Online. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Gary Chaloner". Comiclopedia. Lambiek. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  3. ^ Shiell, Annette (Editor) (1998). Bonzer – Australian comics 1900s-1990s. Redhill, South Australia: Elgua Media. p. 120. ISBN 1-876308-12-5.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Will Eisner's the Spirit: the New Adventures. Dark Horse Comics. 2016. p. 242. ISBN 9781616559489.
  5. ^ Eury, Michael (2007). Comics Gone Ape!. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 132. ISBN 9781893905627.
  6. ^ Handley, Rich (2008). Timeline of the Planet of the Apes. Hasslein Books. p. 262. ISBN 9780615253923.
  7. ^ Weiner, Robert G. (2008). Marvel Graphic Novels and Related Publications: An Annotated Guide to Comics, Prose Novels, Children's Books, Articles, Criticism and Reference Works, 1965–2005. McFarland. p. 205. ISBN 9780786451159.
  8. ^ Eisner, Will (2008). Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices from the Legendary Cartoonist. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393346848.
  9. ^ Withrow, Steven (2003). Toon Art: The Graphic Art of Digital Cartooning. Watson-Guptill Publications. pp. 84–85. ISBN 9780823053780.
  10. ^ Couch, N. C. Christopher; Weiner, Stephen (2004). The Will Eisner Companion: The Pioneering Spirit of the Father of the Graphic Novel. DC Comics. ISBN 9781401204228.
  11. ^ "About the Awards". The Ledger Awards. Retrieved 6 July 2021.
  12. ^ Ledger Awards Organising Committee (2014). Ledger Awards Annual. Blairgowrie, Victoria: Fabliaux.
  13. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (18 July 2015). "DC Comics Solicitations for October 2015". IGN. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  14. ^ Plowright, Frank. "Astro City: Honor Guard". Slings and Arrows - Graphic Novel Guide. Retrieved 3 August 2021.
  15. ^ ANNOUNCEMENT: 2015 Aurealis Awards Shortlists, WASFF, retrieved 7 July 2021
  16. ^ "2017 Stanley Awards Results". Australian Cartoonist's Association. Retrieved 5 July 2021.
  17. ^ Plowright, Frank, ed. (2003). The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide. Slings & Arrows. p. 338. ISBN 9780954458904.
  18. ^ Fulton, James (23 July 2021). "Retro Review: Manhunter #1-24 By Ostrander, Yale, Rice, Miehm & Others For DC Comics". Inside Pulse. Retrieved 3 August 2021.