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To The I-Land: the Comics of Barry Linton

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

Click to read the story

Click to read the story


This is a story first published in Look This Way: New Zealand Writers on New Zealand Artists, edited by Sally Blundell (published by Auckland University Press). It’s an appreciation, in comics form, of one of my all-time favourite cartoonists, the great Barry Linton.

Happy Holidays!

Library Week comics competition

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Library Week competition Library Week competition

Every year, New Zealand’s libraries celebrate Library Week with a whole heap of events and competitions. One of those is the “Graphic Novel Competition” – which invites people of all ages to contribute to an ongoing jam comic. Last year, I drew the first four panels, and this year the story was begun by veteran Wellington cartoonist Jason Winter. The contest started on July 26th, but still has a few weeks to run – so go check out the story so far, and then join in!

Book launch: Mike Johnson’s ‘Travesty’ (with art by Darren Sheehan)

Monday, August 2nd, 2010


Come along this Thursday and help celebrate the launch of Mike Johnson’s new novel Travesty, illustrated by the mighty Darren Sheehan (co-creator of The Inhabitants comics). I’ll be there, toasting the good ship Travesty as it sets out on its journey…

In a neglected corner of Travesty, in an apartment building called the rathouse, five marginals take on the universe. Drunk Len takes a gamble on salvation, but can he find the ticket? Nisa Michelangelo reconstructs his David with a vital difference, but can art defeat time? Dr Reingold, the keeper of the files, finds himself doing the bidding of his hidden masters, but will he betray his patient? Dilly Lilly goes exploring through her tunnels of soft toys in search of her mother’s funeral, but what will she do with the mutant baby rat? And Glow Harvey steps into the world of probabilities on an odyssey of discovery, helped by his mysterious girlfriend Hermes, but will he remember enough to avert the destruction of Travesty by The Lion King and his terrorist allies? It all comes together on the Day of Delight.

Welcome to Travesty, where the stringent laws of purgatory rule and every nerve is put to the test.

Travesty book launch
6pm, Thursday 5th August

AUT Creative Writing Centre
4th floor, Duthie Whyte Building
Corner of Wakefield Street and Mayoral Drive
Auckland

Harvey Pekar, RIP

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

Harvey PekarAs well as having an enormous influence on the development of serious, honest, personal comics, Harvey Pekar was also a genuine working-class intellectual, who worked hard to bring some real politics to America’s anemic public discourse.

Watch this great clip from 1987, when Harvey went on Late Night with David Letterman and tried to talk about the corporate crimes of General Electric (the owners of Letterman’s network NBC). Chaos ensued – and, however briefly, the veil was torn away to reveal the power of money over what gets discussed and televised. It’s an awesome thing to watch.

Harvey had a tough life, but he turned it into something beautiful and transformative. Thanks for everything, Harvey.

If you’re in Melbourne…

Saturday, June 19th, 2010

Michael Camilleri invite
…go to this show. Seriously: you won’t regret it. Michael Camilleri‘s comics are amazing.

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)

Spit and a Half is back!

Saturday, June 12th, 2010


The great zine distro Spit and a Half (run by the great John Porcellino) is back – and online. Go look now, and order it all. It’s great!

Some artists I’ve been looking at.

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Shary Boyle

Boyle Kramers

Blaise Larmee

What was the first New Zealand graphic novel?

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Terry and the Gunrunners Maui - Legends of the Outcast
David Beattie’s excellent book blog raises an interesting question. David was wondering whether the Victoria University Press edition of Hicksville was the first NZ published graphic novel, and passed on his wonderings to VUP, who passed them on to me. He ended up posting my reply in full.

Would anyone like to correct my off-the-cuff response – or add any titles to the list?

Absolute Heroes

The Tango Collection

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

Tango Collection
I recently wrote a foreword for The Tango Collection – a big fat book of comics about love by over 50 Australian cartoonists (plus a few New Zealanders, including Jared Lane, Tim Molloy and Toby Morris). The comics are selected from eight issues of Bernard Caleo’s love comics anthology Tango, each issue of which is organised around a theme (Love & Death, Love & Food, Love & Sedition, etc). The book is published by Allen & Unwin and is available now!

You can read my foreword below, or else just buy the book and read it in the comfort of your own (or a loved one’s) soft warm bed…

Tango Collection Foreword
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