Archive for March, 2009

Western Park: Timothy Kidd’s comics online!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Western ParkBest news I’ve had in ages: Timothy Kidd (one of my all-time favouritest cartoonists ever) has been quietly putting new comics work online. Do yourself a favour and go look. If you’re familiar with Tim’s work, you’ve probably already stopped reading this and are happily over at Western Park devouring the beautiful drawings and quietly brilliant stories. If not, trust me; you’re in for quite a treat.

You can buy some of Tim’s minicomics over at the Comic Book Factory.

I Wish I am Fish

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

I wish I am fish

Yesterday, I had one of the strangest experiences I’ve had in a while. I was recently asked by a friend at Auckland Art Gallery if I would do an illustration for the invitation to a one day sculpture event they were arranging. The work was called ‘I wish I am fish,’ and I was given just enough information about it to produce the picture above.

As this was part of the One Day Sculpture series, I was also asked if I would produce a “writer’s response” to the work, which will later be collected in a book of responses to the whole series. Curious, I agreed.

So yesterday afternoon, along with about 100 other people, I was allowed into a hangar at Auckland Airport, where a private Whisper jet was waiting, having just arrived from Sydney. On board there were 87 seats, and on each seat was a round glass fishbowl, and in each fishbowl a single comet goldfish was swimming. We were allowed onto the plane in small groups to visit the fish. Inside it was dimly lit, quiet, and peaceful. Walking down the aisle, past rows and rows of individual fish was way more bizarre and surreal than I had expected.

I went on board twice, the second time alone – escaping the noisy art crowd who were sipping their glasses of wine and catching up on gossip – and had the extraordinary feeling I was creeping into someone else’s dreams.

After a little over an hour, the plane was wheeled out to the runway, the crowd was ushered out of the hangar, and the fish took off once more into the bright blue sky.

The artist responsible for all this is Paola Pivi, an Italian now living in Alaska, whose previous work has involved alligators, a donkey, butterflies, a leopard, and dozens of white animals of all sorts. She’s giving a talk at Auckland Art Gallery this Tuesday 24th March at 5pm.

Here’s a few of the sketches I did in the hangar:


And this is a sketch of the screening later that night on a wall in Freyberg Place:

freyberg screening

New story: Dull Care

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

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Dull Care is a story I drew for a beautiful book called Little Nemo 1905-2005: Un Siècle de Rêves, edited by Benôit Peeters and published in French by Les Impressions Nouvelles in 2005 (there are also Spanish and Italian editions). This enormous book (it’s nearly 34cm tall) includes rare work by Winsor McCay, essays by comics scholars and tribute strips by cartoonists from around the world, including David B., Lorenzo Mattotti, Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo, Art Spiegelman, Craig Thompson and more.

For my story, I decided to do a wordless account of McCay’s career, as I saw it. My main source of information was John Canemaker’s biography of McCay. In print, the story was four pages long, but for online reading I’ve split those pages into a longer series of individual panels.

Little Nemo 1905-2005 Un Siecle de Reves (cover)

Buy the book from amazon.fr

New page: The American Dream

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009
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New page: The Magic Pen

Monday, March 16th, 2009
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Pride and Extreme Prejudice

Monday, March 16th, 2009

zombiesA great moment for literature.

From ‘American Nerd’

Monday, March 16th, 2009

American Nerd

The heroes of American popular culture are surfers, cowboys, pioneers, gangsters, cheerleaders, and baseball players, people at home in the heat of physical exertion. But so many of the individuals who make these images are more like Anne Beatts [whose experiences as a teenage nerd inspired her creation of the TV series Square Pegs]. Their voyeurism – their sense of staring from the wrong lunch table at a radiant nation – makes for a vision of America that appeals to the whole world, including America itself. There’s a globe full of outsiders thirsty for glimpses of the land of myth, and American nerds have gratified them with adoring images. [Brian] Wilson – the bodiless studio addict who spent days refining drum sounds for songs about high-school football and girls on the beach – was the rule, not the exception, for North American fabulists, for DreamWorks as much as Microsoft.

from American Nerd – The Story of My People, by Benjamin Nugent

So, after dithering, I’ve finally decided to treat this site not only as my webcomic site, but also as my primary blog (largely replacing my blog on Vox). That means I’ll occasionally be posting general news, but also idle thoughts, opinions on movies I’ve seen, found news stories and pictures, and – as above – interesting quotations from books and articles I’ve been reading.

Hopefully, this won’t be too tedious or annoying for those of you who are just here for the comics… (ahem)

New page: The American Dream

Monday, March 16th, 2009
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New pages: The American Dream

Friday, March 13th, 2009

The American Dream - page 4

The American Dream - page 4

The American Dream page 5

The American Dream - page 5


My computer’s been in the repair shop, so I haven’t done much posting. But it’s back now, and I’ve got a backlog of pages to scan and colour. Here’s the first two (more next week!).

New page: The Magic Pen

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009
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