Bruce Mutard is one of Australia's most successful comic book artists and graphic novelists.
Mutard initially disliked superhero comics and responded more to European style albums like Tintin and Asterix which were available in Australian libraries when he was a child. Later he discovered Heavy Metal magazine which helped him to see a new potential in the medium. His first comics were mainly short humorous pieces with a political or satirical bent which he made as an act of rebellion to compensate himself for his sense of boredom as he studied design at university in Melbourne.
Building his talents over the next twenty years Mutard eventually sold his graphic novel The Sacrifice to mainstream publisher Allen and Unwin, who were looking to explore the potential of graphic novel in the shrinking book market. Set in Australia during the war years, it tells the story of a young man’s last night in Melbourne before he sets off to war, fearing he will not survive the coming conflict. Allen and Unwin published the Sacrifice in 2008. In 2009 Allen and Unwin published another graphic novel of Mutards', the Silence, an atmospheric character study and meditation on both human relationships and art. Black House comics published his A Mind of Love which compiled stores initially produced for his Street Smell series between 1994 - 2010. It deals with a nerdy young man’s attempts to interact with women. Other works include The Bunker, published by Image Comics in 2003 and Strip Show published by Milkshadow Books.
As well as writing and drawing his own material Mutard has also contributed to works like Jason Franks Sixsmiths and the SuperAustralians.