Niteside And The Rock
Issue 1 (1987) – Hitting the comic book shops and newsagents in 1987, Niteside And The Rock was, I’m told, the first Australian independent comic of its type. I am quite happy with that. It was your basic origin story…two teenagers running away from home are gifted with Super Powers. He is transformed into a 9 ft living statue – The Rock. She is given God-like cosmic powers with no real limits – the volatile Niteside.
Issue 2 (1988) – Baddies, goodies and good against evil. Forge, the Technocrat, is introduced.
Issue 3 (1989) – Special End Of The Universe issue. It’s been 30 years since the events of Issue 1. Niteside has taken some very bad acid and she is kicking cities down. Can Forge and the Rock be found? Can they stop her?
Working on Niteside And The Rock, the building of the story, the execution and the invention were some of the happiest and luckiest years of my creative life. See full comics via Menu.
Issue 1 (1986). Cover Art by Steve Carter. “The First Time” – 6 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah
Issue 2 (1986). Cover Art by Des Waterman. “Night Flight” – 8 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah with Edit Assist by David de Vries
Issue 3 (1986). Cover Art by Carter & Denson. “The Chippendale Wolf” – 6 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah
Issue 4 (1986). Cover Art by Steve Carter. “Hairy On The Inside” – 5 pages – Script & Art by Bodine Amerikah from an original story by Des Waterman
Issue 3 (1987). Cover Art by Bodine Amerikah. “The Legacy” – 6 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah
Issue 6 (1989). Cover Art by Morte. “The Exit” – 3 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah
Issue 1 (1990). Cover Art by Bodine Amerikah. “Bats In The Belfry” – 5 pages – Story & Art by Bodine Amerikah
Issue 2 (1991). Cover Art by Michael Fallson. “Fallen Angel” – 8 pages – Poem/Borders by Bodine Amerikah with Feature Art by Michael Fallson and Quotations by God
The Southern Squadron
Issue 1 (1990). Cover Art by Glenn Lumsden & David de Vries. “The Awakening” – 9 pages featuring Bodine Amerikah characters Niteside & The Rock – Story by David de Vries with Words/Art by Bodine Amerikah and Inks by Jason Paulos
Issue 2 (1991). Cover Art by Don Ticchio. “The Sleep Of Reason Produces Monsters” – 12 pages featuring Bodine Amerikah characters Niteside & The Rock and Raphany Kurse – Story by David de Vries, Pencils by Shane Foley, Letters by Tad Pietrzykowski and Inks by Bodine Amerikah
This comic was produced in 1999 by the HIV & Health Promotion Unit with the help of inmates in NSW Correctional Centres. The comic contained stories and information to help inmates make better choices. ‘Skin Deep’ had stories about AIDS, Hep C, tattoos and handling life in prison. One story by John Wallis. All other artwork and stories by Bodine Amerikah.
After helping produce the comic book ‘Skin Deep’ and the positive feedback received, it was hard to return to superheroes so I decided to work on another purpose-built comic, this time for addicts. ‘Smackfreak’ is the end result. It was given away for free – anywhere where it could help.
After ‘Skin Deep’ and ‘Smackfreak’, I endeavoured to reach youth on marijuana and its effects with ‘Pot-Head’. It is a completed 80 page comic but unpublished.
Hairbutt The Hippo
Hairbutt The Hippo also appeared in Australian Mad Magazine and Sydney’s On The Street. Jason Paulos – Artist. Bodine Amerikah – Writer.
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