NOVEMBER 2005: Hurray!! Trade paperbacks of PG just released from Lulu.com, bookstore quality and reasonably priced. Some individual issues also available, including the new Issue 14.
MARCH 2005: Trudy and Team Grit won Autralia's new Ledger Award for Writer of the Year, Artist of the Year, and Webcomic of the Year.
JANUARY 2005: New Platinum Grit homepage, forum and Issue 13. Also, Doug's TV Show Double The Fist won the AFI (Australian Film Industry Award) for best comedy.
JUNE 2004: Certified mad genius Doug Bayne is no longer directly involved with Platinum Grit, but he's somehow scammed the Australian Broadcasting Corporation into running a hugely entertaining parody of Extreme Sports Reality Shows; Double The Fist is on Australian TV and DVD. It's Region 4 only, so you need an Australian DVD player, a region-free DVD player, or a hack. (Not that we advise illegally hacking your DVD player.) Ladies, be advised that Doug often appears without pants.
FEBRUARY 2004: Huzzah! The good folks at PlatinumGrit.com have uploaded the entire twelve-issue series in digital form, free.
OCTOBER 2000: Platinum Grit.com launches with a snazzy, full-length digital version of issue 8, gallery, and some cool short features by Team Grit.
AUGUST 1998: This website launched.
Jeremy's Affections webmeistered by kristen brennan summer '98
Trudy Cooper, Doug Bayne and Danny Murphy have produced twelve issues (and two short pieces) of the comicbook series Platinum Grit. At the risk of damning with faint praise, PG easily ranks as one of my four or five favorite comics. Cooper's brainchild threads a delicate path between the precision control of a novel and the accessibility of film. And while Kyle Baker's somewhat comparable Why I Hate Saturn wouldn't lose much if restaged as a movie, something quixotic in the jumbliah of Platinum Grit makes it idiosyncratic to comics. PG makes me wonder if I've been too quick to write off comics as a medium that movies have made obsolete.
PG revolves around Nilson Kerr, who bears a superficial resemblance to Hewlett and Martin's Tank Girl (if a tad more insouciant). Add Jeremy MacConnor, an introverted physicist with "an unnatural attachment to that French foreign legion hat," a dimension-hopping skip, and a pig named Arthur. Throw in journalist Kate Provoczki, Raoul-the-talking-wardrobe, a crazy Scottish aunt, a few dozen aliens and the sort of surreality where dismembered arms can be re-attached with duct tape, and you understand why "jumbliah" seemed more than just a flashier synonym for "bouillabaisse" burped up by my online thesaurus.
But listing the usual gang of quirky characters, who pop up more or less intact in most Brit-wit inspired fiction, is misleading. Platinum Grit is defined less by its raw materials than by the fascinating interplay between Cooper's charming, choreographed illustration, Murphy's read-several-times-to-catch-all- the-best-bits script, and the whole gang of three's unclassifiable imprimatur, which I found in the dictionary near "jumbiliah."
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