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Cute Wendy
Dr Pepper
Dungeon Damage
Dykes To Watch
Out For

HantaMouse's Playground
Infinite Stupidity
Liberty Meadows
Neon Dragon Art
Ghetto Anger

Pearls Before Swine


The ComicBook Factory
Ant Sang
Hotel Fred
Chris Slane
NZ Cartoon Gallery


About A Girl
The Guardian
Overheard in NY
Jump The Shark
Weebl & Bob
The Oldie
Neil Innes
Wellington City Council
NZ Herald




Frankly 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? The more people who know about Weebl & Bob the better, in my opinion.

Web cartoons:

ascii by Roy Cunningham. Vile, frequently pornographic, and discontinued, but a New Zealander, so allowances must be made.
Bruno by 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.
The 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.
Dykes 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 cartoonist interested in effective characterisation and plot development. Okay, people criticise it for its soap-opera elements, but if Bechdel was a straight male (like the overwhelming majority of people on this list) it would be a Terry Zwigoff film now. This site is a useful archive of recent strips.
E-Motel by 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.
Eulogy by Angus Deacon. Created entirely in Flash. Unchanged for several years.
HantaMouse's Playground: A 'vapor comic' which doesn't actually exist. Visit here to learn the principles of Feng Shqueak.
Housd by Ali Graham. Retro gaming and urban stagnation from the UK.
Indavo by Nathan Bonner. Ships, guns, robots, woo hoo!
Infinite Stupidity by Richard White. Richard looks like a Goth although he denies being one, which means he is very brave to live in Hamilton.
Liberty Meadows by Frank Cho. The man who had it all and gave it away. No, that's not fair. You have to wonder, though -how could he not realise what he was getting into when he signed up? There are hundreds of thousands of people out there aching to be given the opportunity to face the limitations and restrictions of being a syndicated cartoonist. That's why 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?
NeonDragonArt by Jessica Peffer
Netherworld -the new vision by J.A. Elamparo.
Newtown Ghetto Anger by Jarrod Baker, Wellington comedian and stage performer.
Opus by 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.
Pearls 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 saying much.
Soul-D by Mary Bowman. She's sick of people asking her how she draws this, so don't bother.
Spades by Diana Cameron McQueen. Noir fantasy, part of
Toolshed by 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:

The ComicBook Factory by Karl Wills. Karl must be one of the most mentally healthy people in NZ comics, because he channels every ounce of twisted 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 particularly unpleasant.
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 not sound a big deal, but it's hard to describe how difficult this is to successfully achieve in New Zealand.
Hicksville by 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 he wasn't so incredibly nice.
Hotel 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.
Chris 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.
The New 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.

Interesting stuff:
About A Girl: From a recent art exhibition I was involved with. You can buy prints, paintings and photgraphs here.
The Guardian: Once known as the Grauniad for its typos, now the Anti-Fox.
Overheard 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.
Rotten 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.
The 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.
Interview with Neil Innes: Neil Innes was involved with Monty Python and this interview was a lot of fun.
Wellington City Council: 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 light.
The 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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