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Australian Comic Arts Festival, Canberra. ABC National News 2016.

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At the 38th Annual Stanley Awards, National Cartoon Gallery 2022.

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ABOUT Dr. Paul Mason

Dr. Paul Mason (DVA) is a Stanley Award and Ledger award-winning cartoonist, and animation concept designer, who has worked for companies such as Frew Publications (The Phantom, Kid Phantom), Gestalt comics (Flock, Eldritch Kid: Bone War, Talgard), and A Stark Productions (The Deep animated series season 4). He is also a  Level B Lecturer in storyboarding, art direction, animation pre-production, comics and visual storytelling as part of the Bachelor of Animation program at the Griffith Film School, Griffith University.

 

BIO:
Paul is a freelance cartoonist, and animation concept designer. He designed creatures and props for the Australian/Canadian co-produced animated series THE DEEP (season 4), which was released on ABC in Australia, and internationally in 2022.

 

Paul writes and draws for Frew Publications, publishers of The Phantom comic books in Australia. He illustrated the all-ages KID PHANTOM comic series with writer Andrew Constant (DC Comics, Gestalt Comics), as well as Kid Phantom's adventure in the offical Phantom board game THE PHANTOM: TREASURES OF DRAKON. Paul is also a writer and artist for THE PHANTOM, notably the Ledger Award-winning THE PHANTOM: VIETNAM. Kid Phantom was the first new Frew series in 50 years, and Paul is the first Australian to write and draw a full-length Phantom story with The Phantom #1830 (Jan 2019). Both comic book series are edited by long-time Australian Phantom artist and Frew co-director Glenn Ford.

 

Paul also illustrated for Gestalt Comics, including THE ELDRITCH KID: BONE WAR graphic novel, Talgard, and drew medical comics for TX! Mag, which Gestalt comics consult. To add, his creator-owned series FLOCK is licensed and distributed by Gestalt Comics. For his work, Paul is the recipient of the Australian Cartoonists Association  2022 Stanley Award for Comic Book Artist of the year, and has been a finalist for "Best Comic Book Artist" in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and 'Animation cartoonist" in 2022. 

 

Paul is the creator of THE SOLDIER LEGACY—an Australian action-adventure comic book series, which was published by Black House comics from 2011- 2014. The series and character featured on TV as part of a Youi Insurance TV ad campaign in 2011/2012, which included Paul's comic book work and designs.

 

Paul has worked on a number of other comic book series and anthologies, such as Black House Comic's Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes with writer Christopher Sequeira (Frew, Marvel, DC, Boom!), IFWG's SuperAustralians, and overseas publications such as The New Adventures of the Human Fly, based on the 1970s Marvel Comic character.

As a lecturer for the Griffith Film School since 2012, Paul teaches animation pre-production, art direction, visual story/story boarding, comics and sequential art as part of the Bachelor of Animation program, helping to oversee development of course profiles, graduating year animated films and other illustrative/storytelling projects for print and screen, from the talented undergraduates and honour year students that attend the College. In 2019, the school was ranked #1 in Australia, and 8th in the world, according to Animation Career Review.

 

He has also taught seminars and workshops  for adults and children in visual storytelling and comics for a number of organisations, including the Queensland Writers Centre, University of Southern Queensland, Brisbane Square Library in QLD, Liverpool City Library in NSW, The State Library of Queensland, the Grove Library in WA, The Australian Comic Arts Festival in ACT, and the Toowoomba City Council Library in QLD.

 

A 5th Degree Black Belt in ITF Taekwon-do and a 4th Dan Master in WKA Kickboxing, Paul has notably competed in 5 World ITF Taekwon-do Championships, winning medals in sparring, team power breaking and team patterns. He was also the assistant/sparring coach for Team Australia in 2013, 2014, for the Unified World Championships in Italy, and assistant coach for 2017 team that competed in the Netherlands.

Comic Book Series Publications:

  • 2019 - PresentTHE PHANTOM: VIETNAM 

    • ​​(Frew Publications) Written and illustrated by Paul Mason.

    • Story 1: 'It Tolls for Thee' published  January 2019

    • Story 2: 'It's just a shot away'  published November 2021

      • The Phantom #1905

    • Story 3: 'It ain't me, it ain't me' published  February 2021

    • Story 4: 'Have you ever seen the rain?' published  February 2021

      • The Phantom #1887

    • Story 5: ''...Said The Joker to the Thief..."  published  March 2023

      • ​The Phantom #1940

    • Story 6: ''...Paint it Black.."  published April 2023

      • The Phantom #1942

    • Story 7: "We Gotta Get Out Of This Place" published April 2023

      • ​The Phantom #1943​

    • Story 8 "And Our Friends Are All Aboard..." published August 2023

      • ​The Phantom #1952 - 75th Anniversary special

  • 2023 - Present: THE PHANTOM: FURY

    • (Frew Publications) Story by Amanda Bacchi and Paul Mason. Script and illustrated by Paul Mason. Assistant edits by Amanda Bacchi, edited by Glenn Ford. 

  • 2022: THE PHANTOM: The Masked Marvel special

    • (Frew Publications)​ Written and illustrated by Paul Mason. Assistant edits by Amanda Bacchi, edited by Glenn Ford.

      • Story: 'Until the Final Bell: Requiem for a Masked Heavyweight'' published August 2022​

      • The Phantom #1925

      • Includes Blank Sketch Cover variant edition & Limited A2 Fight Poster.​​​

  • 2017 - 2021: KID PHANTOM

    • (Frew Publications) Written by Andrew Constant, illustrated by Paul Mason.

    • 11 issue, quarterly publication available in newsagents and comic stores nationally, and trade paperback Volume 1 in bookstores.

    • Includes merchandise illustration, such as the Kid Phantom solo game   in the 2021 THE PHANTOM: TREASURES OF DRAKON official board game by Frew Games/Alex Wynnter/White Cat Press.

    • Base card in The Phantom Gallery series 2 Trading Cards.

  • 2018 - 2019: THE ELDRITCH KID: BONE WAR

    • ​(Gestalt Comics) written by Christian Read, pencil & inks by Paul Mason, colours by Justin Randall. Covers by Nicola Scott, Douglas Holgate, James Brouwer, Emily K Smith and Justin Randall . 

      • 4 issue limited series and hardcover​ graphic novel and TPB.

      • Also available digitally via Gestalt Comics and Global Comix.

      • Ledger/CAAA Award Shortlist 2020

      • Australian Shadow Award Finalist 2019

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  • 2010 - 2016: THE SOLDIER LEGACY

    • (Black House Comics/ Mason Comics) Written and illustrated by Paul Mason.

      • 7 issues and 2 Trade Paperback editions, inc. The Soldier Legacy's Strange Tales #1 with Christopher Sequeira.

      • 2 short stories: The SuperAustralians anthology (2019/2024) and Australia! anthology (2016).

Other published works by Paul Mason:

  • 2024: SUPERHUMANITY: The SuperAustralians #1: The Soldier Legacy (6 page short story & pinup) -  Editor/dialogue and colour assist by Amanda Bacchi. Published by IPI COMICS.

  • 2024: INKSPOT #101 Summer/Autumn 2024'The Phantom comes to Bundaberg' & "75 Years in the Skull Cave" (article and photos) - Articles written for Australian Cartoonists Association cartooning magazine.  

  • 2024: THE PHANTOM #1964 (Cover design/rough layouts) collaboration with Glenn Ford.  Frew Publications. Licensed by King Features.

  • 2023: THE PHANTOM: Cover Artist prints A3 poster print, exclusive to Frew Publications, features back cover illustration from The Phantom #1943, (2023). Licensed by King Features.

  • 2023: THE PHANTOM: ROUGHNECKS PHOLIO collection series 9 (Assorted Boxing Roughnecks)  A3 poster print, exclusive to Frew Publications. Licensed by King Features.

  • 2023: ACA Stanley Award 2023 Yearbook: Australian Cartoonists' Association yearbook. Features a page of comic book work taken from 'The Phantom #1925', 'The Phantom #1940', 'The Phantom #1943', and 'The Phantom #1947' across 2022/2023.

  • 2023: TX! Mag #43 (12 page short story (uncredited rough page layouts) - written by Charlie Foster, finishes by Trev Wood. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2023: TX! Mag #41 (8 page short story & cover image) - 'Smashed' written by Charlie Foster. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2022: The Phantom #1925- 'In this corner: The Phantom and Boxing (article plus illustration) - Accompanying article to the Masked Marvel sequel story (as above). Written by Paul Mason with spot illustrations, assisted edits by Amanda Bacchi, edited by Glenn Ford. Published by Frew Publications.​

  • 2022: THE PHANTOM: GENERATIONS PHOLIO collection series 8 (The 'Nam Phantom) A3 poster print, exclusive to Frew Publications. Licensed by King Features.

  • 2022: TX! Mag #39 (8 page short story & cover image) - 'A Day In The Life' written by Charlie Foster. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2022: ACA Stanley Award 2022 Yearbook: Australian Cartoonists' Association yearbook. Features page from 'The Phantom #1905', Kid Phantom #10, Flock #1, and animation concept art from 'The Deep' season 4.

  • 2021: THE PHANTOM: TREASURES OF DRAKON licensed Board Game (Frew Games) - KID PHANTOM solo game pieces, comic strips, game cards. Written by Dale Maccanti.

  • 2021: WQ Magazine #272 (featured artist cover & article) - Theme: Visionary. Wraparound cover and 'Writing for Comics' article written for Queensland Writers' Centre. 

  • 2021: ACA Stanley Award 2021 Yearbook: Australian Cartoonists' Association yearbook. 1 page from 'The Phantom #1887'.

  • 2021: TX! Mag #38 (15 page short story & cover) - 'The Kit ' written by Grace Crowley. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2021: TX! Mag #37 (8 page short story & cover) - 'Need to Know ' written by Grace Crowley, based on story by Lawrence Gergich. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2021: TX! Mag #36 (8 page short story & cover image) - '2nd Time Lucky' written by Charlie Foster. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2021 TBA: AXIOM (5 page short story) -  'Only $700 per month ' written by Christian Read, lettered and edited by Wolfgang Bylsma. To be published by Gestalt Comics. 

  • 2021: The Ledger Awards/CAAA 2020/2021 Annual  -  Comic Arts Awards of Australia Annual. Page and Bronze Award acknowledgement  for The Phantom: It Tolls for Thee (The Phantom 2019 Annual #1830)

  • 2020: THE PHANTOM Bushfire Appeal Book (Chronicle Chamber.Com) Raising funds for Red Cross Australia. King Features approved. Front Cover Illustration & design, plus 1 page interior pin up illustration by Paul Mason.

  • 2020: KID PHANTOM Special #1 (16 Page story) with writer Andrew Constant (DC Comics). Available with The Phantom 2020 Annual #1858. Published by Frew Publications.

  • 2020: TX! Mag #35 (4 page short story & cover image) - 'No Fake News' written by Charlie Foster. Medical information story published by HepatitisNSW via Gestalt Comics (consultants on publication).

  • 2020: ACA Stanley Award 2020 Yearbook: Australian Cartoonists' Association yearbook. 1 page from 'Kid Phantom #9'.

  • 2020 TBA: NYX: Daughter of the Shadow (Frew Publications) Character design for new Frew character with editor Glenn Ford, to appear in Giant Size Phantom comic book series.

  • 2019/2022: TALGARD (4 page short story)- "Talgard and the Horde": Written by Gary Proudley. Available online 2019, and published by Gestalt Comics in TALGARD TOME 2 trade paperback, 2022.

  • 2019: The SuperAustralians: The Soldier Legacy (6 page short story) -  Editor/dialogue and colour assist by Amanda Bacchi. Published by Black House Comics/ IFWG Publishing.

  • 2019: Supanova Expo Event Guide: Sydney/Perth 2019 (6 page short story). Kid Phantom #8 preview. Written by Andrew Constant.

  • 2019: Job Dun, Fat Assassin (4 page short story) - Written by Mark Hoddy.

  • 2019: ACA Stanley Award 2019 Yearbook: Australian Cartoonists' Association yearbook. Page from 'The Phantom 2019 Annual' #1830.

  • 2018/2021: XCT Monsters anthology (10 page short story) - Written by Christof Bogacs. Published by Comics2Movies late 2021.

  • 2017: Mania Magazine #203 "How to draw Kid Phantom" (Next Media)

  • 2017: The Phantom Colouring Book: pin up (Frew Publications)

  • 2016: Retro Sci-Fi Tales #2: pin up/interior story cover (DarkOz Comics)

  • 2016: San Diego Comic-Con: International Magazine: pin up (3)

  • 2016: Cthulhu: Deep Down Under: pin up (Horror Australis)

  • 2016: Australia! hardcover anthology (5 page short story) Soldier Legacy tie-In. Published by ComicOz

  • 2015: Oi Oi Oi! #4 Magazine (10 page short story) Soldier Legacy #6 preview. Published by ComicOz

  • 2015: Tango with Orangos: pin up (Melb. Comics)

  • 2015: Trail #3: centrefold pin up (Cloud 9 Comix)

  • 2013: The New Adventures of the Human Fly #1 (8 page short story) - Written by Tony Babinski. Published by Human Fly International.

  • 2013: San Diego Comic-Con: International Magazine: pin up

  • 2013: Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?pin up (Perfect Edge)

  • 2012: Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes #8 (6 page short story, plus lettering, layouts of main story) Co-written by Chris Sequeira. Published by Black House Comics

  • 2012: Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes #7 (6 page short story) Co-written by Chris Sequeira. Published by Black House Comics

  • 2011: Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes #6: pin up (Black House Comics)

  • 2011: Beginnings Anthology : pin up (ACT Comics)

  • 2011: Tides of Hope anthology; pin up (Supanova)

Kid Phantom Exhibit 2023
Frew Booth 2018
Master Gary King and Australian TKD pioneer Grandmaster Steven Cheah
Lee Falk Memorial Charity Dinner (LFMBEC) 2022
Lee Falk Memorial Charity Dinner (LFMBEC) 2022
Dean Rankine
Sensei Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez
Klaus Janson
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Stanley Awards 2022
Judy Nadin and partner Melinda
Gary Chaloner and Paul Peart Smith
John Romita Jr
Eric Powell
Greg Capullo
Steve Bisley
Men Of League Carl Webb Foundation Charity Lunch 2021
Comedian Sammy J
Dave  Gibbons
Mark Evanier
Glenn Ford and "phan" Mara
LFMBEC Dinner 2018
Political Cartoonist Matt Golding
ACAF 2018
Ken Kirzinger and Jason Palmer
Scott and Aaron Ashmore
Todd McFarlane
Todd McFarlane
Mike Mignola
Mark Waid and Chris Samnee
John Higgins
Glenn Ford and Gary Chalenor
Bob Layton
Lou Ferrigno
Neal Adams
Duncan Munro with Kid Phantom and Sy Barry
George Perez 2010
Brenton McKenna
Agnes Garbowska 2013
Paul Eiding 2013
Good People
Oz Comic Con Panel 2017
Andrew Constant, Michel Mulipola, Wolfgang Bylsma, Amanda Bacchi
Brian Michael Bendis 2012
Brian Michael Bendis
Oz Comic Con 2016 Gestalt Comics
Marv Wolfman 2009
Sam Lloyd
Family
Breakfast in San Diego 2016
Andreas King and Grange Wallis
Dinner in Adelaide 2017
Dean White 2011
Billy Tan
Comic Guest Supanova 2012
Mark Sheppard 2013
Jon Sommariva and Amanda Bacchi
The Ghost Who Walks
W. Chew Chan, Chris Sequeira
Actor/Writer Duncan Munro
Neil Kaplan
John Wayne Parr, Master Gary King, Grandmaster Moore
Grand master Seminar 2016
General Choi Hong Hi Awards 2020
Gen. Choi Hong Hi Awards 2020
Sensei Benny 'The Jet' Urquidez
Sensei Raymond Daniels
John DiMaggio 2010
Gestalt 2015
Tristan Jones
Mark Sexton
Koysta Tszyu, Dustin Warburton
Howard Chaykin
Carlos Pacheco
Sean "Cheecks" Galloway
John Romita Jr.
Chris Claremont, Greg Capullo
B31 Digital crew 2013
The Fillbach Brothers, and Gestalt
Chris Sequeira and Mike Royer
Jonathan Ross
Todd Lasance
Dan Slott and Gail Simone
Tom Taylor
Jason Franks, Colleen Doran
Len Wein
(right) James Tucker
2007 World Championships
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