This Friday, I head up to Auckland (again!) to take part in the Splitting Image exhibition of political and editorial cartoonists and illustrators. There’s an opening on Friday night – come along! It’s at 6pm at Lot 23 on Minnie Street, Eden Terrace. I’ll have lots of prints available to buy, along with some original artwork. Also you’ll be able to buy originals by brilliant cartoonists such as Sharon Murdoch, Chris Slane, Anna Crichton, Daron Parton, Peter Bromhead and Rod Emmerson.
This is a picture of Pebbles Hooper, which is part of a spread of celebrities I did for the illustrated issue of Metro, Simon Wilson’s swan song. You must read this interview with Simon — it’s great. I am really enjoying the relaunched Spinofff website. I have a soft spot for Pebbles, based on the fact that she has T1 diabetes and I like her parents’ World clothing brand, but hell she says some obnoxious
libertarian things. Although her willingness to be disliked is also admirable.
I wrote this comic for Metro magazine to promote an exhibition of cartoonists that’s taking place in a few weeks time. It’s a pretty good issue, especially if you live in Auckland and can try out all those cheap eats. I might take the magazine up for reference when I attend the exhibition opening – I don’t think my cartoonist’s budget will stretch to expensive restaurants.
Graham Brazier has died of a heart attack today – and I’m sure I just saw him in his shop in July, at the end of my parents’ old street. Here’s a comic I wrote 5 years ago when I went into Braziers to buy Brave New World, and crashed a little party he was having.
Graham Brazier was king of the radio when I was a kid, as the lead singer of Hello Sailor.
So I’ve been madly colouring my 50 copies of ‘Clueless’ and then signing and numbering them (limited edition!) for this Saturday’s zine fest. I used my radiant inks, which was fun, because I usually use watercolour on my comics, and this covers the paper more quickly and intensely. It’s a slightly unforgiving medium – if you have too much ink on your brush you can’t push it around, like you can watercolour or oil. But since my style is messy, and I can go to photoshop for flat colours, I try not to worry too much about it. If you live in Auckland you can come and buy one of these (56 pages! $10!) at Zinefest, or else you can email me: email@example.com to order your own copy. Alas non-zinefest price is $12 – I need to break even on the print costs (all labour, writing & handcolouring is free. Such is the life of an artist.)
Here is another little zine I’ve made for the day: Katherine Mansfield has an emo moment. I kept on messing it up, blobbing black ink in all the wrong places, and I had visions of doing a whole series of these but it’s Wednesday already and I haven’t started.
This weekend, I am going up to Auckland Zinefest. I have got a comic to sell – the print version of my ‘Clueless‘ comic, about being pregnant in New York City – which I first published here. I have fixed a few spelling mistakes, redrawn the shabbiest of the pictures and am hand-painting the covers of 50 copies. It’s a whopping 56 pages long. If you come to Zinefest (this year it’s at the Pitt Street Methodist Church, Saturday 29th August, 12-5pm) you can buy a copy for $10. I will be selling the remaining copies on Felt for $12+postage. Message me if you want me to save you a copy!
I have also done my usual array of hand-painted books in the hope of recouping my printing costs, including this one here: a redux version of George Orwell’s famous ‘A Nice Cup of Tea’ essay:
I was first shown this essay when I was in high school, soon after I’d read 1984. I was impressed at how exacting Orwell was about tea-making, how much attention he paid to each step. Also – six spoons of loose-leaf tea – obviously the man hadn’t discovered coffee.