Hey folks, I’m heading off this website to a different one – where the comics are bigger! The new comic is up on the brand spanking new website now:
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).
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.)
Just some conversations I’ve been having with myself over the Masters…
*Pakeha is a Maori word for white/european people
So in order to prove that I’m actually doing my masters – I thought I’d show you a info comic that’s going at the start of the book. The idea of it is that it’s a super simple queer 101, it’s only a draft at this stage, and it’s pretty flawed still but here it is anyway:
Also! My friend works for Amnesty International – and they’re having a wicked fundraiser, if any Auckland artist folks want to be involved:
Amnesty International Fundraising Event:
We are organising a live street art day followed by an auction to celebrate our 50th Birthday.
We have titled the event “The Art of Freedom – taking it to the streets” and it stems from the idea that change starts from ordinary people speaking out from the streets in protest of human rights violations around the world. We are hoping to use the connection between Amnesty’s action against injustices and the questioning nature of street art to spread awareness of Amnesty International while celebrating our 50th year of defending human rights. We have also done a lot of campaigning on behalf of artists who have been unfairly punished for using their freedom of expression and would like the event to highlight the importance of this right in creating change for the better.
The event itself will be split into two days. The first will be live street art painting, were artists from Disruptiv and Cracked Ink will create works in St Kevin’s Arcade to raise awareness for Amnesty and generate interest for the exhibition. This will take place on Thursday June the 9th between 11am and 2pm. The second event is the exhibition that will include the works from the live painting as well as pieces from artists around New Zealand. Already we have several works that have been donated, including ones from ATom 1746, James R Ford and Seekayem. Oi You!, the national street art competition are on board, helping us with promotion and sending us prints to add to the collection.
If you would be willing to help by donating a piece, participating in the live painting or simply suggesting the idea to other artists who might be interested we would appreciate it greatly.
For more info email Rachel at:
events(DOT)intern (AT) amnesty (DOT) org (DOT) nz
I’m not really sure what to really do in this situation, so I’m trying to reframe it in my mind. So the butterfly shirt will now become my motivation: