Tuesday, July 1, 2014

We're moving HQ

Hello little minions!
Alas the time has come to make changes and move HQ...
You can now find us on Tumblr
So come on over and bask in the future glory of the HiiRagi Army!!!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Robots take over Buenos Aries

Coolest thing about this is that I actually own some of the robots. I always wondered what they got up to...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

My minions rock...

I have to admit that I really do love my minions. I get sent all kinds of stuff, mostly photos or emails letting me know that the Army is in good hands and our cause is spreading.

Recently additions to the minion regiment are BofstaOne and HoflerOne, yes they are code names to protect their diabolical innocence. We've been having a bit of a time together as I infiltrated their suburb, house and even their school... I kid you not. I think that teachers reading the HiiRagi manifesto as part of their curriculum should be enforced. It sounds kind of creepy because it is, however all's well, that ends well and two of our Occupational Forces have been enlisted in a rad household where our cause reign supreme. Here is the photographic evidence:

Battling the fearsome beast a.k.a Wasabi the miniature dachshund.

The beast (a.k.a Wasabi) subdued.

Ah, it makes me happy...

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New tee designs in store now.

We have two new HiiRagi Tee designs in store now. First up, the tee version of the 'Sunday Outing' Art Print...

Imagine this. You’re staggering through the desert, you’ve used up the last of the water, eaten enough scorpions for protein to last a lifetime and contemplated drinking your own urine. You can barely take another step when you see it. It’s not a mirage, it’s not a cardboard cut-out, it’s a group of rescuers looking for you. They gather around exclaiming how you should not be alive but you know. You’re alive because you are a HiiRagi minion and you know your stuff. Now, what are you wearing? Your HiiRagi ‘Sunday Outing’ Tee because HiiRagi tees survive the distance with you, especially when they’re in a tank.

Available in both Mens and Womens. We have completely sold out of the Men's Small but they should be back in stock in two weeks.

And secondly.... Recon Unit: Parachute:

Do you remember those army man parachute lollies? I’m not quite sure what the army had to do with the lolly to be perfectly honest but I loved dropping my army man from great heights whilst filling my belly with enough sugar to fuel a small country. It rarely worked properly, and his descent was much too fast for him to survive but it amused me none the less (which may have been an indicator to my current profession…)

However, you need never worry about plummeting to your death with the Recon Unit: Parachute tee. Made of sturdy 100% cotton, which has been double stitched for reinforcement, it will survive even the most arduous of plunges. Just make sure you do the safety check before launching yourself out the plane, no one need take unnecessary chances… And should you be caught behind enemy lines (it happens), we will totally infiltrate their camp and rescue you. HiiRagi leaves no one behind, especially you.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Throwing myself off the deep end... Melbourne Comic Con 2014

I've become the thing I despise lately. THe one who talks about stuff but doesn't seem to want to or be able to do anything about it. Well, stuff that for a joke. THis comic book thing has gone far enough. I mean to be completely honest, I've been talking about it for about 2 years, yep that long... Pathetic isn't it?! No more, I say. So to put the fear in me, I went and signed up for Melbourne Comic COn in July 2014. Yep, the Army will be off to Melbourne, with one completed comic book in tow, and it will be completed. Nothing like a deadline to motivate you...

In the meantime here's a cute (and diabolical, always diabolical...) image of Recon UNit. That's them hiding from my rage at being such a talker and not a doer.

SHould be an interesting couple of months ahead, with a lot more hiding behind rocks I suspect.... And I haven't even mentioned Singapore Comic Con yet....

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Why we think our work is never good enough....and starting out.

I always think I can do better. I can work harder, draw more, make more, be more. This is generally a good thing. I like challenges, I like to strive to be better, I think it keeps me honest. Usually I am right. I can do better, but it only comes well after the moment when I have developed and learnt new stuff (ah, the power of hind sight).

I'm always asked how did I get started. To be honest I was in a place where I had no choice but to start otherwise I was going to be trapped in a dead end job, with a life I really didn't want, and that is all you have to do - START. Below is one of the first images of the HiiRagi Army I put together. There is even a character that I haven't been able to do anything with, I found it impossible to make him look good as a 3D toy. The robots look different too, I had no idea really what I was doing. It's pretty funny to look back at them and what they have developed into today.

Being creative comes with challenges. It requires you to put yourself out there. Expose yourself a little bit. The key is to not care about others opinions. We are all entitled to them, but we don't have to take notice of them. I'm lucky that I have a megalomaniac personality type which thinks that the whole world is wrong and stupid, and it is up to the world to prove me wrong (I'm still waiting...). Where am I going with this? I had an email from a friend who has just landed a dream job and her fight to get there reminded me of a great quote from Ira Glass about creative people and our struggle to create something worthwhile. I can tell you that sometimes it's a real shit fight but if you're starting out this quote is a good reference:

“What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not.

But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story.

It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

HiiRagi invades Happy Valley (fear not, no elves were harmed, well, not many...)

Did you know that there is a town called Happy Valley in every state? Useless but true information. Well, now it's Melbourne's turn to have a Happy Valley...

Happy Valley is a new store in Smith Street, Collingwood that specialises in art, design and books. 'Chris', who actually made up a board game and released it upon the world called World Domination ( I kid you not), is the genius mastermind behind it all and a favoured minion of HiiRagi. He also has some of the rampant army in the store keeping the peace and making sure everything is hunky dorey. You should totally check it out if you are in Melbourne. Or like elves...actually there are no elves there, I just made that up. BUt don't you think if elves did live anywhere (beside the North Pole) it would be in Happy Valley?