“I could also be one of many only a few who’ve moved again to Canberra after leaving,” he stated.
“Away from my work I like issues quiet. Canberra gives a steadiness between a wholesome life and work that may get loopy and has concerned commuting to 38 different nations.
“The air is evident, I can have a home with inexperienced round it, nearly all of individuals are fairly good and never dickheads, and I can leap in a automotive, drive for 5 minutes and be on the motion pictures. What’s to not like? Other than the plain.”
Dundas and Collins teamed up with Berlin artist Johan Potma for A Monster in My Home, which is about “not making assumptions about individuals (or monsters)”.
“As with most of our work and profession, there was no plan,” Dundas stated.
“We have been on tour in Berlin quite a lot of years in the past and got here throughout Johan’s studio. We beloved his fabulous, eccentric work, typically that includes bizarre creatures. And I assume he appreciated ours, as a result of he wished to make one thing with us.
“It did look like an amazing match, however we went again to our common lives and he then needed to badger us to make it a actuality. After repeatedly being reminded of the concept over a interval of years, we lastly despatched him a textual content and began the back-and-forth.”
Their shared comedian sensibilities impressed the ebook, which is revealed by Puffin.
“Johan’s work impressed the textual content, and in flip the textual content impressed him. So it was a chicken-and-egg state of affairs, with some weird-arse model of a rooster, as painted by Johan, being the kick-off to the entire thing,” Dundas stated.
Dundas says the ebook is aimed for youngsters three and older, however may be loved by anybody.
“For those who’ve acquired an inside youngster hidden someplace, you may prefer it. Choose up the ebook and you will see what I imply,” he stated.
“Clearly there’s the principle story and photos for the younger children, which has a bit of message about not making assumptions about individuals (or monsters). And the weirdness and comical element works for the olders. It is also an ideal likelihood for fogeys to star and improve their efficiency abilities studying it out.”
Dundas beloved books rising up.
“I actually went for The place the Wild Issues Are, though I believe I acquired to it later than different children. It simply takes you with it. I do not assume I might be who I’m with out that ebook,” he stated.
“In highschool, I even wrote and illustrated my very own monster ebook, with extremely uncommon monsters and detailed cross-hatching within the photos, impressed by Maurice Sendak’s work. I do know David and Johan really feel related inspiration from that one.”
As soon as named as two of Leisure Weekly’s “100 Most Artistic Folks In Leisure”, the Umbilical Brothers have appeared on The Late Present with Stephen Colbert, adopted James Brown at Woodstock ’99, and carried out for the Queen. Their on-line movies are considered by greater than 200,000 individuals a month.
They can even quickly be performing a brand new present, which they may debut in Canberra in February. They will be within the Courtyard Studio on the Canberra Theatre from February 18 to March three.
Dundas lived in Sydney for 11 years and New York for a 12 months, the place he and Collins did an off-Broadway run earlier than returning to Canberra. And it is not fairly town he left.
“It is unusual, however the hospital I used to be born in, the home I grew up in, and the infants’ and first colleges I went to now not exist,” Dundas stated.
“Even my highschool and school was various things. One time I nostalgically drove down our previous household avenue to take a look at the home, and it was actually a vacant lot. In the midst of a avenue in Griffith! Like an enormous had simply plucked it off the bottom.
“Somebody’s been erasing my Canberra previous!”
Megan Doherty is a reporter for The Canberra Occasions