I’m totally always looking for work… so I thought I’d pop this up here – in case someone wanted to offer me a job!


Primarily a sequential artist and illustrator. Works both digital and traditional in a variety of styles. Community development oriented, interested in original and imaginative ways of communicating ideas to a wide range of people.


  • Currently completing  a Master of Creative Writing at Auckland University of Technology.
  • Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts Media, Film and Communication (First Class Honours): University of Otago, New Zealand 2003-2008
  • Certificate in Fine Arts: Learning Connexion, New Zealand 2010
  • Group Facilitation: Training in Action, New Zealand, 2008 and 2009.


Digital: Microsoft Office (including Word, Excel, Powerpoint and Publisher), Adobe Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro 7, iMovie, SAP, scanning, importing, and exporting digital media. Experience with HTML and CSS, and Adobe InDesign.

Hands-On: Drawing and painting in all degrees. Specializes in pen and ink, can also work in watercolor, acrylic, stencils, and markers.

Selected Publications and Experience:

2010 – Present: Rooster Tails: Webcomic Artist/Writer [Dunedin, New Zealand]

2011: DUD #2 Comic Artist [Dunedin Comic Collective, Dunedin, NZ] I don’t know what this is

2010: Darkest Day: Funtime Comics Earthquake Appeal Issue Comic Artist/writer [Funtime Comics, Christchurch, NZ] Trembles

2010: DUD: Volume 1 Comic Artist and Financial/Promotions Manager [Dunedin Comic Collective, Dunedin, NZ] Labels

2010: DUDE Zine Comic Artist [DUDE, and the {also] foundation] Information Comic about Questions To Ask/Not To Ask Trans Guys, Cover Design

2010: Gender Outlaws – The Next Generation:Comic Artist/Writer [Seal Press, Berkeley, CA, USA] Transfag Robot Manifesto pg. 69

2010: Kia Tutahi: Comic Artist/Designer  [Ministry of Social Development, Wellington, New Zealand] Information comic used for the Kia Tutahi: Standing Together project for the ministry of social development

2007-2010: Critic Cover artist and Comic writer [Critic, Planet Media: Dunedin, New Zealand] Cover design for Critic Magazine Queer Issue 2010. Various editorial cartoons and strip comics for Critic 2010. Co-writer/Artist: The Price of Cheese Critic July 2008. Writer/Artist:Head on Fire Critic 2007-2008

2010: Community Mural Design Designed paint-by-numbers murals for the Port Chalmers Community Gardens, and Regeneration Otago stadium mural.

2008: Candy or Medicine: Comic Artist [Candy or Medicine Vol. 5, Syracuse, USA] Missed Connection.

2007: uSave: Commercial Designer [uSave, Dunedin, New Zealand] Brand image, logo and advertising design for u-Save online electronics and computer store.

Other Work History:
 Freelance and Poster Design: I have been working as a self-employed artist taking on various poster design projects for non-profit organisations and community groups, including Youthline Otago, and Volunteer Otago, and SS4Q

2009 – Present:  PFLAG South Same-Difference Youth Group Coordinator Responsible for the coordination and facilitation of Dunedin’s local youth group for queer and questioning young people.

2009: Otago PSS Coordinator: Designing and Implementing a sexual health education programme, including resources and workshops, for young people in Dunedin as part of the Sexual Health Information Providers Network initiatives.

2009: Youthline Otago Community Education Coordinator: Coordinating and continuing to develop the Youthline Otago community education programme. This included face to face presentations and workshops, holiday programmes, youth-initiated events, resource development and volunteer management.

February – June 2008 (part time) Media, Film and Communication Tutor: University of Otago MFCO dept.: Tutoring the Fime 303 class: Globalisation, Politics and the Media. Responsible for running tutorials, and marking both written assignments and group presentations.

Volunteer Work:

UniQ Volunteer (2008), University of Otago Student Support: Peer support and facilitation, awareness of queer issues, communication, confidentiality, integrity and non-judgement.

Community Law Centre Student Volunteer (2006-07), Dunedin Community Law Centre: Active listening, conflict resolution, negotiation, team work, confidentiality, legal knowledge.

Youthline Phone Listener (2005-2009) Youthline Otago: Completion of the two month training course, self-awareness, boundaries, active listening, non-judgement.

 Youthline Otago Mentor, Trainer and member of the Management team (2008-2009): Group facilitation skills, teamwork, organisational knowledge.


“Sam Orchard is one of those rare people who renews your faith in humanity. He’s generous with his time, effusive with his enthusiasm, talented, creative, and completely unpretentious. His comics are political without being overly didactic, and his work with LGBT communities and at-risk youth is inspirational, to say the least.” Alexandra Franzen, Entrepreneur and Queer Activist.

“I have known Sam Orchard for three years. The level of creativity and unique ideas that Sam develops in his comic art constantly impresses me. Sam always manages to communicate complex ideas in a highly readable and engaging manner. I use Sam’s comics in my university level teaching as a means to communicate ideas about gender, theory and politics.” – Louise Pearman, Phd Candidate.

 “Sam has designed materials for my predecessor, which we continue to print off because of their popularity. He also contributed to a special issue of The Critic this year that I was involved with, his work was well received by students that I work with here at the Student Support Centre.” James Burford, Otago University Student Support Centre Queer Support Coordinator.

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