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Faultlines (new Pickle mini-comic)

February 15th, 2017

I wrote and drew this new issue of the Pickle mini-comic in November and it was first distributed at the New Zealand Arts Foundation Art Awards (on account of they made me an Arts Laureate!!!). Now I’m making it available for public purchase. It’s a very personal response to earthquakes (geological and political), health dramas, moving to Wellington, and the faultlines in which we all live.

Anyway, if you want to buy it, or just to see a little more, go here.

The Red Coat (sketch for sale) – SOLD

February 13th, 2017

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This is a character sketch for a secret side project, which won’t be see in public for a wee while. In the meantime, if this sketch takes your fancy, you can buy the original drawing (see below), to help support my unfortunate comics-buying habit.

The Red Coat
A4 (210mm x 297mm; 8.27 × 11.69 inches)
Original drawing in pencil, watercolour and gouache on 150 gsm paper.

Sorry – SOLD!

Hicksville original art for sale

January 28th, 2016

Hicksville Original Art

I finally took the time to set up a shop, where you can buy original art from Hicksville. Quite a few pages have sold over the years, but many are still available, including some of my favourites.

Go take a look here.

I also updated the Buying Stuff page, which tells you how to buy everything from books to prints and t-shirts. Any purchases are, of course, hugely appreciated by me and my hungry family.

Original art for sale: Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen

January 25th, 2016

I have been reluctant to sell original art from Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen, but more than a year after the book’s release, I think it’s time to tentatively let a few pages go.

I may change my mind tomorrow and take them down. Or else raise the price. We’ll see.

But for now, the following are available for purchase for US$350 each (including postage).



Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen page 21:

Poor old Sam is late for a deadline And so, while his wife Sally sleeps alone, Sam sits staring at his computer screen, stuck on page 17 of his Lady Night script. Sam’s predicament here is uncomfortably familiar from my days writing scripts for DC Comics. As a consolation, I indulged myself with the decorated bedspread and curtains in panel 1. Drawing details like this – and slowly, meditatively shading – are among my favourite parts of the process.

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen page 21
(Japanese marker pen, ink & white-out on Fabriano paper)
420mm x 299mm, 16.5 x 11.8 inches
US $ 350
(including postage)

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New print: Incomplete Works

January 25th, 2016
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To celebrate the North American release of Incomplete Works in March, I’m offering this print of the cover illustration (the Spirit of Love from Siso).

These are high quality Giclée prints on heavy German etching paper.
Dimensions: A3 (297 x 420 mm, 11.7 x 16.5 inches).
Ships rolled in tube.
Signed by the artist (unless you indicate otherwise).

Price: US $70
(including postage)

America: the Magic Pen tour!

September 15th, 2015

American Dream header 2

In a couple of days I get on a plane to the US for a bunch of festivals and a book tour. If you’re in any of these places, come and say hello!


September 18 (7pm): Politics & Prose – Washington DC

September 19-20: Small Press Expo (SPX) – Bethesda, MD. I’ll be doing signings throughout the weekend and have a Spotlight panel on Saturday at 4pm in the White Oak Room.

September 22 (7pm): Desert Island Comics – Brooklyn, NY (w/ Joan Cornellà)

September 24: Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) – White River Junction, VT. I’ll be doing a visiting artist seminar (3pm) and then a signing (5pm) at the CCS Post Office.

September 26 (7pm): Harvard Bookstore – Cambridge, MA

September 28 (7pm): Magers & Quinn – Minneapolis, MN

September 30 (7pm) Challengers Comics – Chicago, IL

October 1-4: Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC) – Columbus, OH. I’ll be signing and have various events on Friday and Saturday.

October 5-7: Sequential Artists Workshop (SAW) – Gainesville, FL. I’m doing a visiting artist workshop.

And then I go home and sleep for two weeks, before flying to Canada for the fabulous International Festival of Authors in Toronto:

October 23-30: International Festival of Authors – Toronto, ON. I have three events at IFOA:

October 24 (2:00pm): Text and the City: a panel with Kirsten Innes, Eric Reinhardt, Russell Smith and Emily M. Keeler

October 24 (8:30pm): Drawing (Graphic) Conclusions: a panel with Jillian Tamaki, Adrian Tomine and Evan Munday

October 30 (7:00pm): Niagara Artists Centre, St Catharines: a roundtable with Seth

Many thanks to Fantagraphics Books, SPX, CXC, IFOA, CCS, SAW, Creative New Zealand and the New Zealand Book Council for making it all possible.


Monster Manual sketch request redux!

August 25th, 2015


A couple of years ago I went on a bender taking commissions to draw monsters from the 1st edition AD&D Monster Manual and it was so much fun I’m giving it another go.

So here’s how it works:

1. Fill out the form below, telling me what monster you want me to draw.*
2. Click on the Paypal button and complete your purchase (price is US$80 + $5 postage).
3. Over the next week, I will draw your monster (in full colour!) and then post it to you.
4. It arrives at your house, where you put it in a beautiful gilt frame and hang it on your wall for friends, family, fellow gamers and potential future mates to admire and praise.
5. Many years later, you die alone and unloved, cursing with your last breath that hateful cartoonist whose horrible monster drawing destroyed all possibility of romance and happiness in your life.**

*As seen in the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual.
**No responsibility taken for purchaser’s future happiness.

Note: the number of requests is limited.

Monster Manual colour sketch
on A5 (148 x 210mm, 5.7 x 8.3 inches) 300gsm watercolour paper

US$80 (+ $5 postage)

The AD&D monster you want:


August 25th, 2015

For a limited time, I’m selling some pages from Hicksville cheap. Usual price is US$300, but if you’re quick you can pick these up for US$180 (including postage).

HV142 Hicksville pg 142
(approx A3, 279 x 420 mm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches)
HV143 Hicksville pg 143
(approx A3, 279 x 420 mm, 11.69 x 16.53 inches)

Sketch: green leaves

June 11th, 2015



(coloured pencil on 150gsm watercolour paper)
A5 (148 x 210 mm, 5.7 x 8.3 inches)

Original art for sale:
US $ 100 (including postage)

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen: Auckland launch party!

November 12th, 2014


Victoria University Press and Heroes For Sale invite you to join us for the celebratory launch of the New Zealand edition of Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen.

There’ll be drinks, snacks, live entertainment – and, of course, an opportunity to purchase your very own copy of the book and to have me deface it with a drawing and a signature.

All welcome – spread the word!

Here’s the Facebook Events page (if Facebook is your thing).