Crispy Cola Studio

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Greetings web traveler!

Welcome to Crispy Cola Studio, the creative home of Nathan Onias. I'm an illustrator, cartoonist and educator from Melbourne, Australia.

R&D is a web comic strip about a rag-tag group of wierdos. Commander Canine is a full issue, super hero comic.

Just next door is my sketch blog where I like to draw stuff with pencil, ink and copic marker :)


Interface Exhibition

Coming up I will be teaching an eight-week comics course in partnership with Melbourne Library Services and Indie Comic Con. We've selected eleven emerging comic creators to participate in the program to be held at City Library, Melbourne.

They will be developing graphic novels as they respond to the theme of 'Interface: Technology and the Human Experience. The program will culminate with an exhibition of graphic works by the participants at City Library. The exhibition will be open from November 2019 to January 2020.

I'm excited to serve as a mentor to these emerging creators and am looking forward to the stories they will tell!

Free Comic Book Day

As part of the festivities for Free Comic Book Day, I was invited to teach two awesome comic workshops at libraries in North Melbounrne. We had folks from all walks of life learning about and creating comics! Be sure to ask your library to run activities for Free Comic Book Day next year, 1st Saturday in May!

Writing For Comics at the Kathleen Syme Library

Comics 101 for Kids at the North Melbourne Library

Commander Canine available for purchase

My comic book, Commander Canine, is now available as a digital and print comic on my BigCartel shop. Grab an issue today!

Commander Canine is a 28 page, full colour comic book, which I describe as a superhero, cop-buddy comedy about a dog-man and his reluctant police partner. It's a blast and you can read some exerpts here

Commander Canine


Exciting news guys, I'm now live on Patreon! Patreon is a platform for creatives to get support from fans, and it allows them to make awesome stuff.

Help me continue to create the illustrations and comics you love by becoming a patron! I'll be sharing my creative process with you and will be putting up exclusive artwork, commentarty and news about upcoming projects. You'll be the first to see what I'm producing and even have opportunity to influence my direction!

If you want to support me and help give me the resources to produce great stuff, please make a pledge on my Patreon page.

Become a Patron!

Illustration Commissions

I'm available for art commissions of all types. My background in fine arts and design allows me to work in a variety of styles with traditional and digital tools. Please contact me for a quote.

• Comic covers, pencils, inks, colours
• Editorial illustration
• Pin-ups, t-shirts, posters, sketches
• Storyboards
• Children's Books


Comic Art Tutoring

Want to learn about making comics? Join me at the Box Hill Community Arts Centre where I'm teaching cartooning and sequential art.

Box Hill Community Arts Centre

Toon Time ( Thursdays 4:00-5:30pm) is for kids aged 8-12 and we focus on drawing skills, character design and comic genres.
Comic Art (Thursdays 5:45-7:15pm) is for 12yrs+ and covers all aspects of making traditional comics.
Sequential Art: Graphic Novels (Mondays 6:30-8:30pm) is a comics class for adults with a focus on comic illustration and storytelling techniques. Check it out!

Private Comic Tutoring

Can't make these sessions? Contact me to enquire about private tutoring! $50 for a one hour session. I teach kids, teens and adults.

Workshops for Schools & Events

Comics are a multi-disciplinary medium that combines elements of illustration, design, and creative writing. If you are a teacher or event planner, please contact me to learn more about a comics workshop, customised for your students or attendees.

Students will learn how comics work by studying:

• Panel layout
• Reading Flow
• Closure
• Framing
• Choice of Words

And they will develop illustration and writing skills by practicing:

• Ideation
• Characterisation
• Drawing
• Lettering
• Inking
• Scripting

Festival of The Photocopier

My first time exhibiting at FOTP was fantastic! I had a great response to the launch of my zine, Whalesong. Thanks to Sticky Institute for putting on a wonderful event.

Festival of The Photocopier

Indie Comic Con

Indie Comic Con was a blast and I enjoyed putting it all together, this time with my new coordinator, Verity. We had a heap of new creators to the festival and many from out of state. We also added a full day of workshops and it was great to have so many people learning about making comics. A great way to finish off the year and kick off the summer holidays!


Homecooked Comics Festival

I had a blast at Homecooked Fest. It was great to get outside the studio and hang out with folks. Did some fun Roll A Sketches too!


Comicstreet AU

Comicstreet was a great experience and I'm so glad that I was able to be a part of it. Right in the middle of downtown Brisbane, there was lots of foot traffic and I met many interesting folks, plus I soaked up some much needed sunshine! It was very much in the spirit of independent comics and featured a good bunch of local creators. Hope to go again in the future!



Marvel Sketch Cards

I'm fired up to be working on another round of Marvel sketch cards for Upper Deck! It's so much fun to be able to work with some of my favourite characters. I grew up reading Marvel so it's a real blast! Grab a pack of Marvel Premier cards by Upper Deck and you might score one of my hand-made drawings!


Copic Marker Lifetime Ambassador

I'm excited to be named a Copic Marker Lifetime Ambassador! They are my fav art tools for sketching and drawing. Looking forward to creating some cool stuff this year!