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Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen: Auckland launch party!

Wednesday, 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).

Incomplete Works: the Auckland launch.

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

After a fabulous launch at the NZ Festival Writer’s Week in Wellington, it’s time to bring Incomplete Works home to Auckland! And so here it is: the Auckland Launch Party! I’ll be talking to Sarah Laing about the book and reading a couple of the stories (complete with pictures). There will also be free refreshments (*koff* booze *koff*). ALL WELCOME!


Incomplete Works: the Auckland launch
Tuesday, April 1st (April Fool’s Day)
Auckland Central Library (44-46 Lorne Street) Map
Whare Wananga Level 2

Victoria University Press and Auckland Central City Library warmly invite you to a conversation between Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing about Dylan’s new book Incomplete Works.

Free event, all welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Unity Books will be selling copies of Incomplete Works, pb $35. Dylan will be available to sign.

Upcoming events: Incomplete Works

Friday, March 7th, 2014

IncompleteWorks-FrontCoverWith today’s New Zealand release of Incomplete Works, I have some events coming up:

Writer’s Week

I’ll be at the New Zealand Festival Writer’s Week this weekend in Wellington, as will a bunch of amazing writers and cartoonists from New Zealand and around the world, including Alison Bechdel, who will be speaking on Sunday afternoon.

Incomplete Works book launch: Saturday 8th March, 7.30pm at the Exchange Atrium (24 Blair Street), as part of the Victoria University Press Publisher’s Party. Also launching is Gathering Evidence by Caoilinn Hughes, and plenty of VUP authors will be joining the party. It’s a free event and everyone’s welcome.

Comicsville panel discussion: Monday 10th March, 10.45am at the Hannah Playhouse (formerly Downstage Theatre), in which I’ll be chatting about New Zealand comics with Robyn Kenealy, Jonathan King and Adrian Kinnaird (whose book From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics was launched last year and tells the story of New Zealand comics over the past 100 years). Tickets are $18.

Other things happening:

I’ll be chatting with Kim Hill on Radio New Zealand National’s Saturday Morning tomorrow (8th March) at around 9.30am (be sure to tune in for Alison Bechdel at 9am).

I’m interviewed by Charlie Gates in this Saturday’s (8th March) Your Weekend magazine (inserted into the Dominion Post, The Press and the Waikato Times). It was a fairly substantial interview, about Incomplete Works, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen and working for DC Comics.

The NZ Listener published a 4-page excerpt from Incomplete Works (Captain Cook’s Comic Cuts) in the March 1st issue. It was nice appearing in the Listener again, 17 years since I last drew Milo’s Week for them.

We’ll be having an event for Incomplete Works on Tuesday 1st April at 6pm at Auckland Library (Lorne St). This will be kind of a late Auckland launch party, and I’ll be talking with Sarah Laing and reading a few of the comics (with pictures!).

Italy! Germany!

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

I’m about to get on a plane for a whirlwind trip to Italy and Germany. Here are the details:

25-30 September: I will be in Treviso for this festival, along with 6 other New Zealand cartoonists (Roger Langridge, Ben Stenbeck, Greg Broadmore, Chris Slane, Colin Wilson, Rufus Dayglo). There’s an exhibition of New Zealand Comics, including a fair bit of work by me. I’m also running a workshop.

30 September-4 October
: I’ll be in Northern Italy, doing a couple of events for my lovely Italian publisher, Black Velvet (with the new Italian edition of Hicksville). Details to be confirmed; check with Black Velvet if you want more info.

4 October
: I’m doing a talk/signing at Strips & Stories in Hamburg, at 7.30pm (with the new German edition of Hicksville from the fabulous Reprodukt).
6 October (my birthday!): talk/signing at Ocelot in Berlin at 7.30pm.

9-15 October
: I’ll be at the Frankfurt Book Fair, along with an army of New Zealand authors (New Zealand is the highlighted country at this year’s Book Fair), including cartoonists Roger Langridge, Greg Broadmore, Colin Wilson and Ben Stenbeck.

My events will include:

10 October: panel discussion on the New Zealand School Journal (I’ll be reading a short excerpt from my short story Steam Girl and discussing the School Journal, a much-loved NZ institution): 11am.
11 October: Signing at T3 comics shop in Frankfurt: 5-7 pm.
12 October: NZ Comics talk (& signing) in the Comics Centre (Halle 3): 1 pm; followed at 4pm by an Artist Talk with Filip Kolek (of Reprodukt), at Leseinsel der Jungen Verlage in Halle 4.
13 October: Signing in the Comics Centre (Halle 3) in the morning.
14 October: NZ Comics discussion in the New Zealand Pavilion at 12 pm.

There may be other events too, but if you’re in Frankfurt for the Book Fair, hopefully you’ll find me!

There will also be a New Zealand Comics Stand in the Comics Centre, which will include a whole lot of NZ comics and graphic novels, and also this 100-page guide I put together on current NZ comics and graphic novel creators:

A workshop in Wellington and a competition.

Friday, November 25th, 2011

Two upcoming events I’m involved with:

I’m running a 2-week workshop in Wellington in December and January, as part of Whitireia Polytech’s Summer Writing Courses. It costs $300 and all are welcome (even if you can’t draw). The course runs over two separate weeks; part 1 is December 12-16th, part 2 is January 9-13th. Details are here.

And I’m judging the Graphic Fiction section in the AUT New Zealand Creative Writing Competition. It’s the first time AUT has included a Graphic Fiction (i.e. comics) section and I’m looking forward to seeing what people come up with. Prizes include in iPad (perfect for reading all those digital comics on) and entries close January 31st, 2012. Details are here.

Darkest Day – the Christchurch Earthquake benefit comic

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

When the earthquake hit Christchurch on February 22nd, around 180 people were killed, many more were injured, and buildings around the city were damaged and destroyed. Everyone in New Zealand knows people affected by this disaster, and Christchurch will be reeling for years to come. Aftershocks continue, basic services like drinking water, sewerage outflow and electricity are still disrupted, businesses are closing and jobs are being lost. For many families and friends, of course, there is mourning and grief.

Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city and home to many writers, artists, and – of course – cartoonists. Within days of the quake, the city’s (and New Zealand’s) longest running comics anthology Funtime Comics started putting together a special issue, inviting contributions from around the country and beyond. sometimesyoufeel-pg1Assembled at lightning speed, Darkest Day is now ready and will be launched this weekend at Armageddon Expo in Wellington. It includes a three-page comic by me, Sometimes You Feel (see sample page to the right).

All proceeds from Darkest Day will go to the Red Cross, to help with disaster relief.

You can buy Darkest Day online, here.

And if you’re at Armageddon Expo this weekend, make sure you visit the New Zealand Comics Creators table, where you’ll find a cornucopia of fine New Zealand comics and graphic novels (including Chris Slane & Matt Elliott’s Nice Day for a War, Ant Sang’s Shaolin Burning, the latest Bristle, and many more!), and meet some lovely talented cartoonists.

Spare a thought, too, for the organisers of Armageddon Expo, who are based in Christchurch and suffered extensive damage to their home and office. The annual expo in Christchurch was supposed to take place last weekend, but had to be postponed due to the earthquake (they hope to hold a special event later this year, if things have settled down enough). So amid all the hustle and bustle, the crowds and the cosplay, remember to be nice to everyone you meet. It’s been a tough year – here in New Zealand, over in Japan, and, come to think of it, all around the world.

As Kurt Vonnegut wrote, “There’s only one rule that I know of… ‘God damn it, you’ve got to be kind.'”

Book launch: Chris Slane’s new graphic novel!

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Nice Day for a War
The mighty Chris Slane, one of New Zealand’s greatest cartoonists, is launching his new graphic novel tonight in Auckland. Nice Day for a War – Adventures of A Kiwi Soldier In World War 1 by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott recreates the experiences of Matt’s grandfather Corporal Cyril Elliott, who enlisted as a teenager and soon found himself struggling to survive in the trenches of the Western Front. The book is part graphic novel, part illustrated history book – and 100% pure Chris Slane greatness.

Those of you who remember Chris’ earlier graphic novel, Maui: Legends of the Outcast (written by Robert Sullivan), or his many other great comics, will know that this is an event worth celebrating.

So come along to the Grey Lynn RSA tonight, pick up a signed copy and toast Chris and Matt (you can even buy an ANZAC Day poppy).

Nice Day for a War – the Adventures of a Kiwi Soldier in World War 1
by Chris Slane and Matt Elliott

6.00-8.00pm Thursday 7 April

Grey Lynn (RSA) Returned services Social Club upstairs.
(Kids allowed upstairs)
1 Francis Street, West Lynn shops, Grey Lynn/Westmere, Auckland.
(50 steps from Moa, and Harvest Wholefoods)
Click here for map
Enter main door, turn left and follow the chair lift rail up the stairs to the cosy lounge bar.

Even if you can’t make it tonight, you can buy Nice Day for a War from good NZ booksellers everywhere, or online.

Shaolin Burning!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Apologies for the lack of new Magic Pen pages this past week. Page 56 is turning into one of those pages that takes a week to draw, which has thrown things off schedule. It is, however, getting there…

While you’re waiting, please check out this very important event: the launch of New Zealand cartoonist Ant Sang’s brand new graphic novel, Shaolin Burning.

Ant Sang is one hell of a cartoonist, and a fabulous guy. His serialised story, Dharma Punks, was one of the most impressive New Zealand comics I’ve ever seen, and his inspired work as lead designer on the TV show Brotown has made his style familiar to everyone in the country. Shaolin Burning deserves to sell like crazy – and I can’t wait to read it!

The book is published by Harper Collins, and has already been spotted in some bookstores. The official launch party is tomorrow night (Thursday, 3 February), in Auckland. There’ll be original artwork on show, limited edition prints, copies of the book to buy, and Ant himself to stalk and admire.

Wild horses couldn’t keep me away, and if you’re anywhere near Auckland, I hope I’ll see you there!

P.S. If you can’t make it to the launch, don’t despair. The exhibition will be up till the 18th of February. Details can be found on Adrian Kinnaird’s excellent NZ comics blog, From Earth’s End. And, of course, you can still rush to your local book store for your very own copy of Shaolin Burning!

Pohutukawa Coast Art Exhibition

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Just a quick note for those of you in Auckland this weekend. Our local school, Maraetai Beach School, is holding an art exhibition to raise funds, and there are three pages by me in there (two from Hicksville and a School Journal illustration). So if you feel like a drive out to the beach with a peek at some local art along the way, come along!

The Pohutukawa Coast Art Exhibition
Maraetai Beach School hall
Opening: Friday 15 October, 7.30pm: $10
(includes an auction of drawings by NZ celebrities)
Hours: Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 October, 9am – 4pm: $5 entry (children free)

I’ll be in Toronto this month for IFOA

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

I’m totally stoked to be appearing at the International Festival of Authors in Toronto later this month (October). The festival runs from October 20-30 and I’m on two round tables:

In Graphic Detail
Saturday, October 23, 3:00pm
Since 2005, the IFOA has showcased the work of cartoonists, illustrators and graphic novelists. At this event, artists Charles Burns, Dylan Horrocks and Seth share their latest works and participate in a round table discussion moderated by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers.

Fictional Truths – Ideas on Time, Memory and Place
Tuesday, October 26, 8:00pm
Myla Goldberg, Paul Harding, Dylan Horrocks, and Eshkol Nevo discuss the building blocks of novel writing at this round table discussion moderated by Siri Agrell.

The other event I’m especially excited about is Lynda Barry’s session on the festival’s closing day (Saturday 30 October, 5pm).

So if you’re in Toronto, come along!