(Gestalt Comics)

“Never thought I’d fall in love with a book about birds.

FLOCK is a masterclass in composition and storytelling”.Justin Randall – “Changing Ways’, ’30 Days of Night’.

“It’s bonkers. Cannot wait for more!”.James Brouwer – Artist: ‘The Deep’, “Lustration’.

​Sometimes the best stories are the ones told over a beer… Or at least that’s what I’ve heard.

Take this old Digger for instance.  It’s the 1960s, inner west Sydney. Kentucky Fried Chicken makes its grand opening on our shores. On a quiet sunny day at the pub, this old bloke decides to reflects on his curious life to a mystified bartender.

Starting as a boy in The Great War, the yarn becomes a tale that is stranger than fiction, as he reveals his time with the Australian Army in the signal corp. His life story soon spirals into a tale featuring mobile pigeon coops, the early days of the C.S.I.R.O (and not just the Agriculture stuff), the disappearance of Harold Holt, World War 2, the Emu War, Vietnam, the second Emu War…but maybe we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Best we start at the beginning…

FLOCK #1: Warbird is part 1 of a 4 issue comic book mini-series by Ledger award-winning cartoonist Dr. Paul Mason (The Phantom, Kid Phantom, The Eldritch Kid: Bone War), and edited by Amanda Bacchi (The Phantom, The SuperAustralians). Special Guest variant cover artist across the series will be James Brouwer (The Deep animated series, and graphic novel, Lustration #1, Justice League Beyond #10), with lettering and book design by Wolfgang Bylsma (Gestalt comics EIC, Neverlanders). 


This first comic was funded by kickstarter, licensed by Gestalt Comics, and is a full-colour, 48 page European album/magazine sized pages; featuring a short Tales From The Flock #1 story and Griffith Animation pinup Gallery, with the intent of releasing the 4 issues over 2022, 2023 and 2024.  

Written and drawn by Dr Paul Mason
Edited by Amanda Bacchi



(Frew Publications)

“Let’s get ready to Rumble!” : Lee Falk/Wilson McCoy’s The Phantom story ‘The Masked Marvel‘ from 1948 gets a sequel after 74 years!

The sequel titled The Phantom: Until The Final Bell, sees The Phantom return to the sport of boxing  and into the ring to face his toughest opponent, and rescue an old friend in danger. With appearances from past Falk characters, and some of the most famous (and infamous) characters in the realm of boxing, lace up your gloves and get ready to answer the bell for this action-packed Phantom adventure! 

The comic is a full – colour 24 page adventure written and illustrated by Paul Mason, with assistant editor Amanda Bacchi, edited by Glenn Ford, published by Frew Publications, on behalf of King Features.  The comic story is part of a Masked Marvel  special (The Phantom #1925, August 2022), alongside the original and complete daily comic strip story from Falk & McCoy in 1948, with new colours by Ivan Pederson. 

The issue also features a new front and back cover by Paul, and an article “In this Corner: The Phantom and Boxing” written by Paul (edited by Amanda Bacchi), discussing the appearances of Boxing in some of The Phantom’s previous comic stories. There is also a special A2-sized Fight Night Poster available to purchase from Frew, and a limited Phantom #1925 Sketch cover variant edition


The Phantom: Vietnam
Story 3: “It Ain’t Me, it Ain’t Me…”
Published 11th February 2021

2022 Comic Arts Awards of Australia Shortlist

An Australian reporter based in Saigon recounts his time in ‘The Battle of Long Tan’, but all is not safe in the city on the eve of Tet , 1968…

​Written and drawn by Paul Mason
Edited by Glenn Ford
Assisted Edits by Amanda Bacchi

The Phantom #1886.
Cover by Anthony Spay​​, back cover by Paul Mason.

The Phantom: Vietnam
Story 4: “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?”

Published 25th February 2021​

The Phantom’s adopted son Rex finds a misplaced chronicle book  in the Skullcave, and learns of the time that the Phantom’s moral values were put to the test, when he encountered soldiers involved with the war crimes in My Lai. 

​Written and drawn by Paul Mason, Edited by Glenn Ford,
Assisted Edits by Amanda Bacchi

The Phantom #1887Cover by Anthony Spay​​, back cover by Paul Mason.

The Phantom Vietnam Stories Coming Soon:

Story 5: “Said the Joker to the Thief…”

Story 6: “Paint It Black”

Story 7: “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”