You may recognise this comic from the Nga Pakiwaituhi NZ comic exhibition a few months back. If you visit the link, you can hear a podcast of me on a comics panel with Sam Orchard, Dylan Horrocks and Adrian Kinnaird and see another comic in which I reveal embarrassing secrets. My friend Drew thinks that this comic, which is A2 in size, belongs to him, because it has him in it. Which is a troubling precedent – does that mean that I can only draw comics about myself in order to assert ownership?
Anyway, that was the 90s, which was when I was in my twenties. Now I’m in the twilight hours of my thirties. I can sense a mid-life crisis comic coming on….
Oh, and if you were following the possum story, pop over and check out the comments – I’ve had some people sharing their own possum stories. I love getting comments!
Yesterday, I spent a full-on day flogging comics at Chromacon. I didn’t even stay till the bitter end — I left at 3 so that Jonathan could go to his band practice. It was great to meet Matt from Pikitia Press, who printed these for me, and James Davidson, who was selling copies of Moa, and also to say hi to all the people who stopped by. Now I am completely wiped out and would like to spend the day pottering around, hanging up all my clothes and sorting out my piles of paper, if it weren’t for my crushing load of deadlines.
Anyway, Matt gave me a pile of these 32-page comics so if anyone wants to buy a copy (only $6 ea! And $2 postage within NZ!) please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m going to sort out a shop soon… soon…. it’s on my to-do list!
I showed this comic to my dad and he told me that he got a big glove to take the possum out of the fire. He didn’t remember the fire being alight, but I distinctly remembered the disgusting, sweet smell of burning possum flesh. So who is right? Memory is very unreliable, particularly the memories of a writer/cartoonist.
Oh, and I’m spamming you with comics because I want to remind you that I will be at Chromacon tomorrow, from 9am at the Aotea Centre, with Matt from Pikitia Press. I will be selling my comics and some original artwork. Come along!
When I started writing this comic I realised that I had a lot of memories about this house, and I wanted to write more about it – possibly something in prose. I haven’t written any prose lately, not since finishing off my novel. I think I’m definitely going to write some short stories next, and this farm house might be a potential setting.
Anyway, can I mention again: Chromacon! Come and buy some comics! Come and see an amazing range of NZ illustrators and cartoonists!
This is part one of an epic story about possums. I have lots of possum stories. Just in case you are reading from overseas, in New Zealand possums are considered a pest as they eat all the native trees and destroy the habitat for the birds, geckos and snails, so when you go on a bush walk, you’ll often find traps and poison laid out for them. Possums are also very cute, and treasured in Australia.
Hey, and this weekend is Chromacon! Sunday, from 9-5 at the Air NZ Foyer in the Aotea Centre, Auckland. I’m going to be on a panel between 10 and 11 am, and I’m also going to be selling issue one and two of my comics:
Please come along and help me convince my publisher that it was a good idea to print them!
And, in exciting news, I’m heading over to Chromacon this weekend where I will be sitting on a stall with Matt Emery and James Davidson, flogging issue 1 and 2 of my Let Me Be Frank comics. Please come along and buy some! I think they are going to be $7 an issue.
Oh, and my apologies for all the paraphrasing – my children were hogging the computer so I had to remember everything! My brain is so reliant on google these days, it barely functions without a device on hand.