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READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. Bobby N. is a Melbourne comics artist whose latest book is Digested No.5. He creates semi-autobiographical comics, with lots of good detail, cross-hatching, shadow and other effects. In this interview he talks about his comics, and the developing comics scene in Melbourne. He also gives plenty of great reading suggestions, including many comics.

READERSVOICE.COM: I read that you liked Charles Bukowski, but I was wondering if you could list some of your favorite books of all time, as many as you like, comics, novels, or other types of books.

BOBBY N.: FAVORITE BOOKS: Shit Magnet – Jim Goad; Selected Letters – Charles Bukowski (vol 1-4); The Last Night of the Earth Poems – Charles Bukowski; Notes from the Underground – Fyodor Dostoyevski; The Manipulated Man – Esther Vilar; The Prisoner of Sex – Norman Mailer.

FAVORITE COMICS: Cages – Dave McKean; Cerebus – Dave Sim; Ripple: A Predeliction for Tina – Dave Cooper; Monsters – Ken Dahl; BPRD: Plague of Frogs – Mike Mignola/Guy Davis; Spent – Joe Matt; Little Nothings – Lewis Trondheim.

RV: What did you like the most about the Cerebus Guide to Self Publishing, by Dave Sim, which you mentioned in your comic Digested, Issue No.2?

BN: I liked the honest kick in the ass it gives you about the reality of hard work and sincerity that is required in creating comics.

RV: In your blog you mentioned some Melbourne comics you really liked, like Jase Harper’s Guh #5; Changing Ways by Justin Randal; and Walking to Japan by Ben Hutchings. Can you name a few more you’ve come across and liked?

BN: The two recent standouts that pop into my head are:1. Being Born is Goin Blind – Sam Wallman; 2. It Shines and Shakes and Laughs – Tim Molloy.

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