DARK OZ - Dreams Inspire Reality!
Darren has been creating and publishing, as DARK OZ, continuously since 2010 – his first comic DECAY #1 was released in March 2010. He has produced and published more content than any current creator – 24 issues of DECAY and 8 issues of Retro Sci-Fi Tales, all at 52 big pages per issue, as well as producing many other titles and contributing to other publications (such as Heavy Metal magazine in the US, Clive Barker tribute books, and several local comics including the bush-fire fundraiser ‘Australia Burns’).
Darren mainly produces large format anthologies, working with dozens of creators per issue – over 175 creators featured and still going strong. DARK OZ comics are the biggest and best showcase of local creators. Darren takes the comics to conventions Australia wide, and was also an exhibitor at San Diego Comic Con in 2016 (the only Australian exhibitor there), exhibiting in the Small Press section in the main trade hall.
As an author, Darren writes most of the stories in the comics. As an editor, he also publishes stories from many other writers. As an art director, he has worked with over 100 Australian artists and several international guests too. As a designer, he prepares the comics for print, including doing all of the lettering and speech bubbles.
Darren self publishes for the creative freedom – writing hundreds of short stories, inventing new worlds, characters and story arcs, and working with dozens of incredibly talented artists per issue (all listed on the DARK OZ website). The comics are FUN – the aim, even with the horror comics, is to always have fun and to work with amazing creators.
Work is of these types/genres:-
Science Fiction (old-school style), horror, action, adventure, Indie
Titles Contributed To:-
#AustraliaBurns Comic Anthology
Black Label DARK OZ
Bruno & Maggie Christmas Sci-Fi Special
Heavy Metal magazine
Retro Sci-Fi Tales
Tango with Orangos
The Comic Book Manifesto
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