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How to get a cartoon published even though you can’t draw

Apparently the inability to draw is not a factor in becoming a published cartoonist. I’ve always loved cartoons ever since I was old enough to understand what the heck was going on in them. As a comedy writer with a deep love for visual gags, I thought it might be fun to try collaborating with some artists in Australia and New Zealand. After all, as many have told me, coming up with the idea is the hardest part. As far as I’m concerned, drawing the thing is the hardest part. The scene was set for what have turned out to be two great collaborations so far.

The first person I collaborated with, and the person who drew this now published cartoon, which appears in the summer edition of Meanjin Magazine, is a great New Zealand cartoonist by the name of Cory Mathis.

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Since I moved back to Melbourne at the start of 2016, I’ve also started creating cartoons with Belgium-based Melbourne illustrator, Jack Chadwick. Hopefully we can get some stuff published in the new year.

Both of these guys are incredible artists and I feel very lucky to be working with them.

 

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News comedy TV show ‘The Leak’ and Community TV come to an end

After three seasons, tonight, the final episode of ‘The Leak’ is going to air on Channel 31 at 8.30PM. This will be the last community TV show I ever get to work on, after 6 years of working on Channel 31 shows, starting with Get Cereal TV in 2010.

The reason this incredibly valuable training ground for future screen media talent is disappearing is because the Turnbull Government has decided to stop funding it.

This article by Gil Fewster pretty much sums up my feelings about it.

Though it might not be TV as we know it, Channel 31 will continue online, though it remains to be seen how exactly that will work.

Despite the inevitable sadness about the ending of an era, I’m really excited about the future of TV in the online arena. After all, the show must go on. I hope some of the comedy shows I write and produce in the future actually air on television as we know it, but even if they don’t, in my heart I will always be writing for television.

Here’s a promo I wrote for tonight’s final episode of ‘The Leak’.

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Interview On Podcast “Uncomfortable Is Ok”

A couple of weeks’ ago I was interviewed by Chris Desmond on the New Zealand podcast “Uncomfortable Is Ok“. At no point during the interview did Chris make me feel uncomfortable. But if I did, it would have been ok.

We talked for over an hour. Clearly, what started out as an interview about my comedy writing turned into a first draft of my autobiography.

http://uncomfortableisok.libsyn.com/episode-14-honing-your-craft-and-killing-your-inner-editor-with-dean-watson

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Official NCEA Guide to Cheating

When I’m not writing comedy for TV, I’m writing it for New Zealand start-up company LearnCOACH. They make “Free online tutorials for NCEA students and overbearing parents”, as our slogan says.

NCEA is the national qualification for high school students in New Zealand.
LearnCOACH is the most used tutorial website for NCEA students in the entire country.
I love working with them.

At LearnCOACH we believe there is no wrong way to get high marks, so long as you learnt it through one of our tutorials. So I wrote the Official NCEA Guide to Cheating… for all the kiwi students sitting their exams in the coming months.

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