I don't spend enough time on the Net for this list to be much of
a revelation to you more experienced users...but who knows?
more people who know about Weebl & Bob the better, in my
Roy Cunningham. Vile, frequently pornographic, and discontinued,
but a New Zealander, so allowances must be made.
Christopher Baldwin. An eloquent, wordy, obscure strip which has
developed over years on the Net in a manner impossible in any other
medium. If it ever becomes famous, it will be destroyed.
Cute Wendy by Josh L. Gleefully
demented and extremely well drawn -although being on Keenspot he
doesn't need any more publicity, does he? The current sequel Girly
isn't quite as charming.
Dr Pepper Show by
Rachel Smythe. Evil Aubrey Beardsleyesque cartoon, suitable for fetishists.
And she's a New Zealander. And she's not even 20...
Dungeon Damage by
Benjamin D. Richards. Another New Zealander, though not listed as so on the Keenspace guide.
A detailed visualisation of the kind of rule-filled fantasy world I would never be able to construct.
To Watch Out For by Alison Bechdel. This cartoon is always
marginalised because of its title (!) and focus, but it's
important on so many levels. It should be studied by any
in effective characterisation and plot development. Okay,
people criticise it for its soap-opera elements, but if Bechdel
a straight male (like the overwhelming majority of people
on this list) it would be a Terry Zwigoff film now. This
a useful archive of recent strips.
Rob Cruickshank. Rob's been doing this for a couple of years,
and is very nice to meet in person. E-Motel, ascii, Dungeon Damage,
Toolshed and Dr Pepper represent New Zealand on ComicGenesis.
Angus Deacon. Created entirely in Flash.
Unchanged for several years.
Playground: A 'vapor comic' which doesn't actually exist.
Visit here to learn the principles of Feng
Ali Graham. Retro gaming and urban stagnation from the UK.
Nathan Bonner. Ships, guns, robots, woo hoo!
Stupidity by Richard White. Richard looks like a Goth although
he denies being one, which means he is very brave to live in
Meadows by Frank Cho. The man who had it all
and gave it away. No, that's not fair. You have
to wonder, though
he not realise what he was getting into
when he signed up? There are hundreds of thousands
of people out
to be given the opportunity to face the limitations
and restrictions of being a syndicated cartoonist.
they call it
a discipline. Anyway, Liberty Meadows has the best
art and cutest animals and...crikey,
the female characters look a bit dodgy, don't they?
new vision by J.A. Elamparo.
Ghetto Anger by Jarrod Baker, Wellington comedian and stage
Berkeley Breathed: the creator of 'Bloom County' is back, and while
his graphic innovation has noticeably tailed off since the
re-launch, Opus is still one of the best Sunday strips
around. Which frankly isn't saying much.
Before Swine by Stephan Pastis. Certainly
not brilliant, and nearly as listlessly rendered
as 'Dilbert', but quite winsome and one of
the best daily syndicated strips. Again, not
Mary Bowman. She's sick of people asking her how she
draws this, so don't bother.
Diana Cameron McQueen. Noir fantasy, part of Girlamatic.com.
Jem Yoshioka. Steampunk manga with a charming earth-tone palette.
Another New Zealander!
Zap! by Chris L. & Pascalle.
Not just another space comic. Lovely rendering, and an attention to detail you don't often see.
Start reading it now so you can say you read it when...
New Zealand cartoons:
ComicBook Factory by Karl Wills. Karl must be one of the
most mentally healthy people in NZ comics, because he channels
perversity he possesses into his work. In fact there's so much
twistedness there, he could probably represent our country at
the Perversity Olympics. The animations on this site are
Ant Sang is
the character designer for 'Bro Town', but is famous in comic
circles for 'Dharma Punks', a multi-part
graphic novel. This may
a big deal,
it's hard to
this is to successfully achieve in New Zealand.
Dylan Horrocks is possibly the best New Zealand graphic novel ever
produced. Dylan is a role model to most younger NZ cartoonists
because this original and personal work has
led to the sort of international career most of us would kill for. We
would hate him
for it if
Fred by Roger Landridge. Mr Landridge (I would call him 'Roger'
but I've never met him and he has no idea who I am, unlike everyone
else on this list) has achieved success by the time-honoured method
of getting the hell out of the country at the earliest opportunity
and working in Britain instead. His site presents many other interesting
NZ comics links.
Slane is NZ's best political cartoonist and has a wonderful
watercolour-tinted style. He has also produced a graphic novel
of the legends of Maui which clogs up the cartoon section of
every public library in the country. Seriously, at least six
copies per branch.
Zealand Cartoon Gallery represents the mainstream NZ cartoonists.
Featuring mostly political cartoonists -the only sort our papers
really recognise, it is dominated by old white men.
Only about three names here are really talented and relevant.
The rest should have retired some time in the 1980s.
About A Girl: From a recent art exhibition I was
involved with. You can buy prints, paintings and photgraphs here.
Guardian: Once known as the Grauniad for its typos, now the
In New York: Candid dialogue from NYC.
Jump The Shark: Oh, why not.
Weebl & Bob:
Don't check this out at work, you'll be quoting it all afternoon.
I recommend going through the archive in chronological
order. Funny in a way only the
British can manage.
Tomatoes: A useful resource, albeit a slow-loading and
self-important one. In fact, the only reason I've included it
here is because it's very useful when trying to work out if a movie
on TV is going to be any good.
Oldie: Intelligent writing, not bad cartoons...I hope this
is still around in twenty years when I'm old enough to be allowed
to read it.
with Neil Innes: Neil Innes was involved with Monty Python
and this interview was a lot of fun.
Everything you've ever wanted to know about the seamy
underbelly of New Zealand's capital. No detail is too
sordid, no vice left unexposed, no unspeakable activity glossed
over in their quest to present Wellington in a stark, honest
New Zealand Herald: What we have here instead of The Times
or Herald Tribune. New Zealand's biggest newspaper. This, my friend,
is as good as it gets.
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