Budget: earning the median income as a self-employed comics artist

In this blog post, I describe the budget behind Beyond Average: my quest to earn the median Australian income from crowdfunding. I explain how my monthly crowdfunding goal of US $7,452 relates to the median Aussie income, and my expenses as a self-employed artist.

Stuart McMillen at Canberra Balloon Spectacular, holding banknotes in front of colourful hot air balloons

Matched crowdfunding drive 2018: multiply by 12!

Right now, I have an exciting fundraising opportunity: a government-backed matched crowdfunding drive. Any pledges made to my Patreon crowdfunding page before 31 May 2018 will be multiplied by 12 by Creative Partnerships Australia.

Grayscale cartoon young man looking pensively towards horizon. 11 pages

Not Talking About Capitalism

Capitalism is the single dominant force that shapes our lives today. But for some reason it is taboo to discuss the system that contains us.

Stuart McMillen: cartoon comparison of a self-taught cartoonist.

Cartoon comparison: 2008 versus 2018

I am a self-taught cartoonist, who has gradually shaped my cartooning skills through practice and perseverence. This blog post compares an image that I drew in 2008 against a similar scene that I drew ten years later, in 2018.

Stuart McMillen holding microphone performing stand up comedy

Sustainable Stand Up 2017

In August 2017, I joined a group of ten comedy novices for a National Science Week experiment. After a month of coaching, we each performed a 5-minute comedy set based on our personal convictions.

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In 1973, researchers visited the last remaining Canadian town without TV reception.

Cartoon childhood Stuart McMillen at 1990s computer with silverchair frogstomp poster in background. 15 pages

First Got the Internet

In my Nineties kid childhood, internet access was a scarcity. Today, the internet is ubiquitous and is a major distraction.

Book spines: Alain de Botton "The Course of Love", Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki "This One Summer", Neil Strauss "The Truth"

Two years of reading (2015-17)

Every two years I publish a list of the books which I read during that period. Here is my 2015-17 list, featuring the reasons why "The Course of Love" by Alain de Botton was my favourite book from that period.

Stuart McMillen in green shirt, reading a book in the National Library of Australia

Ballot Box Comics 2017: winner and update

We have a winner! You voted "Notel" as your choice for Ballot Box Comics 2017. I share a video showing the research and brainstorming that I have done for this work-in-progress comic.