So, I scanned in last week’s comic and it has magically disappeared off my computer. So this one doesn’t make as much sense as it should. I spent the last week helping to plan a hui – a national queer youth hui where we got about 200 young people from across New Zealand to come together for three days. It was madness, in the best and worst ways. As a recovery treat I decided to come down to Dunedin to help Joe finish off his move to Auckland ( yes folks, that’s right – Joe and I are soon to be reunited! I.am.so.excited.like.omg.for.realzzzz.)
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
I left for Auckland yesterday afternoon and am now waking up as an ‘Aucklander’. Exciting.
Also. I’m doing a fundraising drive
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!
Here’s a couple of things I’ve been doing lately…
Firstly – a quiz night poster:
If anyone’s in Dunedin on June 18th they should totally put together a team and come down. Because Port Chalmers quiz nights are rad and Volunteer Otago is even radder.
A friend of mine recently had a birthday and as I have no money I said I’d make her a picture. Well, she asked for a picture of her dog riding a pegasus unicorn over a rainbow above the view from Port Chalmers. Hence, the above. I have discovered that my friends are odd, but awesome.
As part of the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, our local community gardens in Port Chalmers held a gardening/mural painting/ muffin eating day of awesomeness. In the middle of our gardens we have a giant wall of boringness – a big wall of grey bricks.We got one of the local artists to draw up a mural on one side last year, and then, last weekend we painted a mural on the remaining boring side. We did it paint by numbers style; each number correlated to a colour, like those books and posters kids do – I remember doing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle one when I was 10, it was SO awesome.
Anyway, who was the artist of this second side? Me! Woo!
In a fit of manliness I got a roller and white-coated (official term) over the grey [NOTE: rollers, especially when you're rolling an area much taller than you are, spray paint all over you. ALL over you; on your glasses, t-shirt, pants, in between your toes, all through your hair - gravity, you were not my friend that day)]. Then outlined the mural in question with the help of some fabulous friends. On Sunday we put in numbers and attempted to colour it in with the help of some neighbourhood munchkins.
I really love where I live.
Update! Almost Done:
So, we’re starting up a Queer Avengers group here, as I’ve mentioned before. It’s in its very early stages so we’re just getting together to chat about what we want to do. The premise of the group is to get together queer people interested in being a political force within our community; for me it seems to be about advocacy, education, and visibility.
Homophobia and transphobia can be pretty hard to be around, and this group is about finding creative, fun, affirming, and empowering ways to combat it in the place where we live. The sorts of things I’m keen to see happen is to make our city leaders stand up against the violence and discrimination that can happen here (it’s pretty sad that the majority of high schools down here either make it very hard, or don’t allow people to take same-sex partners to schools); I want to make the Police Diversity Liaison Officers more accessible for queer people in the city; I want to make sure that queer friendly businesses and organisations are celebrated; I want I want I want.
If anyone has cool ideas, campaigns, actions, advice, energy, anything they wanna share, please let us know!
So, I used to do some political cartooning for the university magazine a few years ago. I stopped it when I got myself employed, and simply didn’t have the time for it. I have recently become less-employed, started an art course, and bought myself a lovely little tablet (which I’m still desperately trying to learn how to use). And, as our current Prime Minister, the lovely John Key (as drawn above), is a bit of a jerk, it looks like I’ll be brushing up on those old caricatures again…
I’ve been drawing superheroes all week – trying to get an image I can use for some posters I wanna draw up for a project I’m working on. Queer Avengers is a group Joe’s going to start up to connect with politically-minded queer people and queer supporters with the aim of getting active within our community. It will be rad. But more importantly, I get to draw superheroes: