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I’m becoming a media mogul

Last week I had an awesome time catching up with some old Dunedin friends who have been road-tripping around the country with the Regeneration organisation. They are basically travelling around New Zealand talking to awesome people, making connections, and looking at some awesome social and environmental initiatives that are happening.

Plus they’re filming a bunch of rad people from the different regions, and they decided to film me. So yeh, I chatted about writing queer and trans comics, and what it means to me. It was really awesome, and I felt quite honoured to be a part of it all.

Here’s the vid:

Plus! I’m also going to be having a table at the Auckland Zine Fest in July and I’m keen to have heaps of queer and trans zines available for people to buy/peruse. If anyone wants to make some, then send it to me, I’d be happy to sell it for ya. Just flick me an email: s orchard (AT) ymail (dot) com (and yep, it’s a Y not a G).

DUD Volume Deux

Above is a little snippet from my submission to DUD: The Dunedin Comic Revue #2. Yep – that’s right: we’re releasing a second DUD, and even though I’m in Auckland now I’ve decided I still get to be a part of the Dunedin Comic Collective because I lived there for aages.

All you Kiwi comic artists, particularly those associated with Dunedin should put in a submission for it! The deadline for submissions is April first as it will be launched in late April.

You can scan and zip it and send it as an attachment to this dunedincc (at) gmail (dot) com,  or pop it in the mail (just email the address and we’ll send out the address to yas.

It’s looking like it’ll be an incredible issue – word on the street is that Barry Linton (!!) has sent us through some stuff. Woopwoo.

So, for those who are not kiwi artists, y’all should buy it when it comes out in late April – I’ll totally post details when that happens.

PS – If you wanna get your paws on Volume 1 then CLICK HERE to buy it

This is a nothing post…

…but I felt compelled to point out that I’m really quite proud of my own submission to Joe’s and my Trans Post Statement Project

PS. I’m updating the gallery section right now too…

F2M: The Boy Within

I keep forgetting to put up my post about Ryan Scott Kennedy’s F2M: The Boy Within. Ryan’s an FTM Australian/Kiwi fella (like me!) who cowrote the book with Hazel Edwards. It’s the story of punk rock dude discovering himself and negotiating transitioning with family, friends and the medical system. It’s so exciting to have a book aimed at young adults (and accessible across many ages) that tells one of our communities stories. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, it was funny, sweet, real, and allowed for multiple perspectives. I really enjoyed how the book allowed for characters in the book to take a while to adjust to Finn’s transition without being demonized, and I think this book would be a really helpful resource to give to people supporting trans friends and whanau… in fact, I think I’m gonna buy it for my mum to read :)

Dunedin Comic Collective

So a few years ago some mates and me set up a Comic Collective in Dunedin – ’cause we realised there were quite a few of us who drew comics or who liked reading ‘em. We used to get together and drink and draw, and we had dreams of creating our very own comic book.

Well years later, and after a few pit-stops it’s finally been created! Ladies, Gentleman and Everyone else:  I present to you DUD Vol. 1! It’s an anthology of local (Dunedin) and national (New Zealand) comic artists, including me! Plus it comes with a FREE cd of local bands too.

Basically it’s awesome and I feel really proud about seeing it published. So yeh, if you’re interested you should buy it.

So y’all should totally visit the Dunedin Comic Collective site and order one!

Woooooolvy!

To make up for my late-late comic this week here’s another one of wolverine, more hairy this time :)

Gimme Gimme Gimme

I usually have a blurb that I write in my head as I draw comics – to go alongside the strip to elaborate on what I’m trying to say. Usually, by the time I’m done with the strip, however, I’ve said it to myself so many times that I feel less motivated to write it down. Oh well.

I really like this video, I watched it about a month or so ago, and it has felt like it stuck in my mind, and I keep coming back to it.

Clicky for Ivan E. Coyote’s website

My television told me…

I guess this isn’t just about television – in fact it’s mostly about articles I read online – but I liked the idea of drawing myself in front of a TV. I’ve had to make a rule against reading the comment section of a lot of articles I read online because I end up feeling more hurt. The reference to Johnny Weir – ice-skater extraordinaire – came from this article from the GLAAD.org blog a while ago. Reinterpretation is definitely the way to go, makes my article reading a lot happier…

Same Old Stories…

So I’ve been playing with stencils lately – mostly of film images and icons. Putting images together, and playing with the shapes that shadows and light makes. It’s pretty weird when I start thinking about how much the brain makes up itself when given a few clues; blobs in certain places, and in certain shapes on a page (or a screen) are interpreted by the brain as faces.

It reminds me of something that Scott McCloud writes about, about comics; how little we actually need to make a face, like those yellow smiley faces – two well placed dots and a curve in a circle = face.

So, stencils are interesting in and of themselves, and I’m thinking about them in comparison to my comics – images of human form reduced to more simple representations, still getting across a lot of information.

These images below, are a series that I’ve been thinking about for a while. Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) in the shower scene in Psycho and Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro) in Taxi Driver (ohhh, my film geek is showing). I was thinking about how often women are victims and men are perpetrators of violence – and these two images popped into my head. But I reckon they’re most interesting because they’re kind of complicated, within the context of the films themselves, and the careers of the films’ directors (Alfred Hitchcock and Martin Scorcese ,respectively).

Oh dear, I could probably type an essay about this stuff. I think I’ve been spending too much time by myself. But the images look cool:

Pink Shirt Day

So last week we had Pink Shirt Day in New Zealand. Pink Shirt day is a an international campaign aiming to show that bullying is not ok and won’t be tolerated. People were encouraged to wear a pink shirt to raise awareness of bullying and show the massive amount of people who support taking a stance against bullying and believe that bullying should not be tollerated anywhere no matter what the reasons or circumstances are.

I helped organise a little promotion for it down in Dunedin – hanging out some washing across the Octagon (our city centre) – namely pink shirts. The local TV came down to say hello :) - Watch it Here!