Archive for July, 2010
Doujin Overload is Auckland’s annual doujinshi festival – a celebration of manga and anime and a chance for local artists to show off (and sell) their work. It’s been going for 5 years, but every time I’ve tried to go, something would come up and scuttle my plans. This year, however, I will definitely be there, as an invited exhibitor!
There’s a huge list of artists and exhibitors, displays of Dolfies and figures, an art competition, a Cosplay Cafe and plenty of stuff to buy. I’ll have copies of Hicksville there, along with original art and anything else I can throw together before Saturday.
The organisers (among them The Graphic Novel Cafe) are keen to encourage links between the local doujinshi scene and the wider New Zealand comics community, so if you’re unfamiliar with NZ manga come along and discover this thriving and energetic scene.
10am to 5pm, Saturday 24 July 2010
at the Hyatt Hotel (Regatta Rooms) (click for map)
Entry is only $2.00
New pages every Wednesday and Friday (9am New Zealand time)!
This is my contribution to Seduction of the Innocent, a new collection of pin-ups by various artists of pretty girls reading comics. Other contributors include Jeffrey Brown, Ivan Brunetti, Sam Henderson, Dave Kiersh, Peter Kuper, Johnny Ryan and many more, and the drawings range from the sleazy to the hilarious. You can see more sample pages and/or buy the book on publisher Kettle Drummer Books‘ website.
This is the beginning of chapter three and the first of the never-previously-published brand new pages. Yay!
New pages every Wednesday and Friday.
Yesterday I mentioned my sister’s new feature film, After the Waterfall, which premieres at the New Zealand Film Festival tonight. And now, continuing with the “My family is awesome” theme, my father’s short film about Len Lye, Art That Moves, has just won a prize at the Amsterdam Film Festival.
Roger Horrocks (that’s my Dad) has written various books about New Zealand-born artist and film-maker Len Lye, including the definitive biography. For his latest book, a study of Len’s work as an art of movement, Dad also made an 18-minute film – a dramatisation of key moments in Lye’s childhood and youth, when his fascination with light and motion set him on the path to becoming a pioneering kinetic artist. The film features various family and friends in the role of Lye; my hand has a brief cameo as Len’s hand drawing in a sketchbook and my 4-year old nephew Oscar appears as the Very Young Len.
If you’ve never come across Len Lye before, here’s one of my favourite of Lye’s films, which was made by scratching directly onto the celluloid itself:
As 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.