Dr. Paul Mason is a comic book illustrator, and writer/illustrator of The Soldier Legacy; an Australian action/adventure comic book series and trade paperback that was published by Black House Comics from 2011 to 2014. A Doctor in Visual Arts, he is also a sessional lecturer in drawing, visual storytelling and sequential art at the Queensland College of Arts, Griffith University.
In late 2011, Paul’s comic series and character featured in a national TV commercial campaign for Youi Insurance (an event that captured the notice of comics fans internationally via ‘Bleeding Cool news’).
He has been published in titles such as the newsagent comic series Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes (by writer Christopher Sequeira (X-Men vs Vampires, Justice League Adventures, Astonishing Tales; Iron Man, The Avenger) and illustrator Phil Cornell for Black House Comics), the Cthulhu: Deep Down Under anthology, Supanova Expo’s Tides of Hope, ComicOZ’s Oi Oi Oi #4 and the US release of The New Adventures of The Human Fly #1, based on the 1970’s Marvel Comics character, and real life masked stuntman. He is currently working on a number of different projects, notably illustrating a graphic novel for Gestalt publishing, the next trade paperback of his Soldier Legacy series, and a short story for a ComicOZ anthology for 2015.
Paul has had his comic book illustrations on display, and shortlisted at the 5th Jilin International Animation and Comics exhibition in China, 2011, on display at the 25th Anniversary of Griffith Film School Animation exhibition 2012, and the Shadow of the Mouse animation and comic art exhibition in Brisbane 2013.
As well as his university lecturing, Paul also teaches comic book workshops and seminars for children, teens and young adults. He has conducted classes for organisations such as the State Library of Queensland, Brisbane Square Library on behalf of the Brisbane City Council, at The Grid on behalf of Toowoomba City Library, and The Grove Library in Perth, Western Australia. As a Mexpy Marker ambassador for Canson Australia, Paul has also conducted drawing demonstrations at Art stores.
Outside of Comics, Paul competes in I.T.F Taekwon-do, notably in 5 World I.T.F Taekwon-do Championships, winning a bronze medal in Team Power Breaking in 2005, and an individual bronze in Hyper-weight Sparring in Birmingham, UK 2007. After competing in the 2013 World Championships in London, he was the assistant/sparring coach for Team Australia, and competed at the Unified World Championships in Tuscany, Italy 2014.