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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!).

Conversazioni sul Fumetto: an Italian interview

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

I recently did an interview with Daniela Odri Mazza for Conversazioni sul Fumetto, an impressive looking Italian blog. My answers were translated into Italian, but I really enjoyed Daniela’s thoughtful questions and we agreed it would be nice to post the interview in English too.

And so here it is.

(By the way: here’s the Italian edition of Hicksville, from Black Velvet).

Daniela: The first question I have is about a guiding theme throughout the story: the map, mapping and the description of the world. What fascinates you so much to make this theme omnipresent in the book, in the main story and several subtracks and stories? What do you think, about comics as “creators of worlds, universes?”

Dylan: I’ve always loved maps, and especially imaginary maps, like the ones you find in fantasy novels and games. When I was writing Hicksville, I was very interested in spatial vs. temporal ideas of narrative: geography vs. history. All of this fed into Hicksville, and I started thinking of stories (comics, novels, histories) as a way of mapping worlds – real and imaginary. The thing about maps is that they are always fictions, more or less. A map isn’t an actual landscape, it’s a representation of a landscape, and so it’s always a simplification, a simulation, an artificial model. It’s a way of talking about the landscape. It tells a story about place.

Comics are especially interesting as maps, because they can use pictures, diagrams, words. They can talk about a landscape (in space or time) in very complex and interesting ways. Many cartoonists have played with this (some consciously, some by accident); Chris Ware is a good example.


‘Seeded’ interview now podcast

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

You can now hear my interview on bfm‘s Seeded as a podcast, here:

Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks on a peculiar trip through his listening habits, which have informed his own work like Hicksville and Café Underground, and even crept in when he was working on Batman.
He recounts how he managed to introduce a character based on Bjork into a Neil Gaiman spin-off book Hunter; how his passion for “beard music” contrasts with his father’s passion for extreme noise metal; and how creating worlds on paper requires a soundtrack.

Sadly, much of the music is edited out of the podcast for copyright reasons (sigh). So feel free to pause the podcast at the relevant points and insert the music, with the help of these links (thank you, internets!):

  • The Velvet Underground: Pale Blue Eyes
  • Arvo Part: Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten
  • Bjork: Cocoon
  • Low: When I Go Deaf
  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings: Pocahontas (a cover of the Neil Young song). This song, sadly, is hard to find. Videos of it have been removed from YouTube, and as far as I can tell, it’s only available on a live concert DVD.
  • Bonnie Prince Billy: After I Made Love to You
  • Enjoy!

    (note: as always some errors crept into the interview. For example, I didn’t draw Batgirl and Batman – I wrote them, of course. But few people outside the comics industry get that distinction, so I’m kinda used to it).

    If you’re in Auckland…

    Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

    Dylan and Ant

    …on Monday 21 June, I’m talking with Ant Sang (and our effervescent host Mike Loder) at Writers on Mondays, at the Auckland Art Gallery at 12 noon. It’s in the Art Lounge (which is in the New gallery). Details here.

    If we’re really lucky, Ant might even tell us about his work in progress, a new graphic novel due out next year!

    (note: photo of Ant above is from Adrian Kinnaird’s excellent NZ comics blog, From Earth’s End)

    Seeded – on student radio this Saturday

    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

    An interview with me (with music I chose) will play on several student radio stations this Saturday (June 12th). The Listener has details here.

    It’s part of a series called Seeded, in which artists talk about their work and music they love. It will be podcast on 95bfm’s site some time next week. I’ll post that link as soon as it’s available.

    Link roundup

    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

    I filled out a questionnaire for Ricardo Mena’s Spanish Blog de Cómics. Worth a visit for the awesome banner alone.

    Adrian Kinnaird covers April’s NZ Comics Weekend and the Wellington Hicksville launch, as well as Wellington Armageddon (all with lots of photos).

    Bernard Caleo blogs about my visit to Melbourne, SupaNova, and the week-long cartoonists’ workshop we held at the Wheeler Centre. This is an ongoing series of blog posts by Bernard about that eventful week, so check in again for more installments.

    Added some interviews and reviews

    Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

    I’ve added a few more links to the Interview Roundup below. Phew!

    Interview roundup!

    Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

    With the new edition of Hicksville out (both the Drawn & Quarterly edition and the New Zealand edition from VUP), I’ve been doing some interviews and podcasts. Here are some of them:

    (Updated 9 June: now with even more podcasts and interviews!).

    inkstudsInkstuds – podcast
    A great comics podcast, hosted by Robin McConnell on Vancouver’s CiTR. This was a joy to record! Plus I got to choose some music: Broken Social Scene‘s Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl, Bonnie Prince Billy covering Chris Knox‘s My Only Friend and Bachelorette‘s Instructions for Insomniacs.

    TheComicSpotThe Comic Spot – podcast
    A very fun interview I did with the irrepressible John Retallick, the awesome Jo Waite and the phenomenal Bernard Calleo while I was in Melbourne in April. This is a great show, which goes out live on 3CR community radio. The podcast of our episode is now available on The Comic Spot’s own podcast page.

    comixclaptrapThe Comix Claptrap – podcast
    The very cool Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham indulge my lengthy ramblings about life, art and babies. Lark Pien was also lurking in the background but didn’t pipe up till after the podcast was finished. Anyway – whether I make any sense is questionable, but Rina and Thien are a hoot, and they do a mighty fine podcast!

    inkpanthersInk Panthers – podcast
    Mike Dawson and Alex Robinson host this hilarious podcast series, and here they interrogate me about my lifelong obsession with pen & paper roleplaying games. We also talk about watching movies on an iPod, I say rude things about Apple, and we come up with a very cool project involving alternative cartoonists and a new D&D Monster Manual (which someone really ought to make happen)… Good times!

    ListenerThe NZ Listener
    David Larsen did this interview and write-up, and then the Listener sent a photographer to take pictures of me and my cat. Unfortunately the online version doesn’t include the pictures, so no, you don’t get to see Moogli in all her glory. But the interview is great!

    This is an interview I did over ginger beer at a bar in Melbourne, just across the road from the Wheeler Centre, where I was running a workshop all week with some very fine cartoonists. Martyn Pedler did the interview, and we ended up chatting for hours about all kinds of things. In fact, he later posted a fascinating footnote to the interview here.

    Film-maker Jonathan King interviewed me for Idealog, a NZ-based magazine. We ended up talking a lot about copyright and new media, which was fine by me. The interview is nicely illustrated, too.

    ComicBookResourcesComic Book Resources
    CBR’s Alex Dueben emailed me a bunch of questions for this interview, and they were so interesting I really took my time replying. Then he sent some follow-up questions that were even more interesting! So the interview took a while; but I enjoyed it!

    This interview by Graham Reid was published in the NZ Herald, but this archived version from his website is splendidly illustrated; he’s even included a clip from my step-mother Shirley’s wonderful documentary about NZ comics. Years ago, I turned an interview Graham did with Egberto Gismonti into a comic strip for the Herald, and we’ve also visited schools together (me talking about comics, Graham talking about journalism and travel writing), so it was nice catching up again.

    Blukeko is a blog run by Auckland student Philip McKibbin, and he’s used it to interview an astonishingly diverse range of New Zealanders, from clergymen to politicians, journalists and writers. It’s worth a browse.

    DomPostThe Dominion Post
    This was an interview by the very clued up Tom Cardy, which was published in the Dominion Post’s weekend magazine supplement Indulgence. They were nice enough to put my self-portrait on the cover. By the way, this is the first self-portrait I think I’ve ever done in which I’m smiling – at the insistence of my kids, who were sick of seeing “glum dad” pictures everywhere. I sincerely hope this is the start of a new, permanently happy stage in my life… Also illustrating this interview is an actual photo of me in real life (with my kids), as taken by my lovely wife Terry while on holiday in New Zealand’s mindblowingly gorgeous South Island.

    Newsarama got in early with their interview by Michael C. Lorah, in which I talk a little candidly about my ambivalent relationship with mainstream comics. Mind you, I suppose I do that in several of these interviews, since it’s been a theme of the questions, on account of the new edition’s uncomfortably candid introduction. So really I have no-one but myself to blame…

    publishersweeklyPublisher’s Weekly
    This interview was going to be conducted via Skype, but my laptop chose that very moment to go all SNAFU (as a result of having just installed Windows 7 on it). So we finished the interview by email. Laptop is all better now, thanks to the careful installation of some drivers, so I’m all ready for more action-packed full-video Skyping!

    There are a few more coming, but I’ll post about those once they’re online.

    There have been numerous reviews, too, but I thought I’d point out a few of particular interest (to me, anyway):

    popmattersPop Matters (a really interesting review by historian and cultural commentator W. Scott Poole, whose book Satan in America is high on my reading list).

    boingboingBoing Boing (because it’s one of my favourite websites and seeing Hicksville on there made my day!)

    The Comics JournalThe Comics Journal
    Rob Clough wrote this long and thoughtful review that made me look at aspects of Hicksville in new ways – which is always a treat when reading a review.

    Interview with me now up at Newsarama

    Thursday, March 11th, 2010

    …which you can read here.

    Podcast interview: the Comix Claptrap

    Friday, February 19th, 2010

    Comix Claptrap
    Here’s an interview
    I did a couple of days ago with Rina Ayuyang and Thien Pham, for their entertaining podcast series The Comix Claptrap. We talked for a long time, about all kinds of things – from babies to felt-tip pens to the comfort of eventual cosmic doom. Oh, and comics, of course. In fact, I got rather embarrassingly candid about my ambivalent relationship with stories and comics, and why I think Batman should be in jail.

    Anyway, you can listen to it as streaming audio, or download an mp3 from The Comix Claptrap’s site. And then make sure you check out Rina’s and Thien’s gorgeous work.