Friday, October 9, 2009

EVENT: Comics On K: A New Zealand Comics Weekend

Above: 'Comics On K: A New Zealand Comics Weekend', poster art by Darren Sheehan.

It's been a long time coming, but next weekend Auckland will be hosting it's first comics weekend in...well, ages: 'Comics on K'.

Comics weekends have been a regular fixture of the Wellington scene for some time, so it's great to see the Auckland scene finally coming together to showcase it's local comics creators! (plus some special out-of-towner!). Organiser Jerome Bihan (does this guy ever rest?) sent me this press-release with all the event details:

The Cross Street Carnival, Fleet FM, The High Seas and the K Rd Business Association are proud to present: 'COMICS ON K: A New Zealand Comics Weekend'.

This event will take place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th of October, from 1pm to 7pm, a week before the Auckland Armageddon Expo.

COMICS ON K will showcase a group of invited artists, and include an exhibition of their art. All artists will attend both days of the convention to sell work and answer questions. The exhibition will be for the weekend only, and the art auctioned on the last day, Sunday 18th-around 5:30. Talks will be held on Saturday from 5pm by influential cartoonists Chris Slane (cartoonist for the New Zealand Listener), and Dylan Horrocks (respected author and artist of Hicksville).

For those unfamiliar with New Zealand comics and their creators, this is an opportunity to meet a variety of artists and sample their work. So far confirmed to attend are:

Dylan Horrocks the international pinup boy for New Zealand comix, Dylan has had a long, and varied career that has garnered much praise and recognition. He is best known for his graphic novel Hicksville, which has been published in the United States, France, Spain and Italy.

Stefan Neville a prolific, long time cartoonist with numerous titles to his credit including Dad and Tracey, New Dixon and City of Tales (with Clayton Noone). When not cartooning, Stefan performs music as Pumice, and has toured extensively-including trips to the US, Europe, Japan and Australia.

The Sheehan Bros authors of Go Gorillas, the Long Man and the just completed Inhabitants-a work 7 years in the making. They recently took part in a group exhibition at the Bath Gallery in Parnell with Dylan Horrocks, Barry Linton, Tim Bollinger and comics-influenced artists Mark Braunias, Dick Frizell, Robert McLeod and Denys Watkins.

Mat Tait author of Love Stories, a beautiful collection of short stories with a strong, spooky sense of New Zealand. Mat has been published internationally, having work featured in Kramer's Ergot, Comix 2000, and Studygroup 12, as well as local anthologies Loose, Pictozine and Radio as Paper.

Brent Willis an extremely prolific Wellingtonian, Brett has numerous comix projects under his belt and is currently the editor of Bristle, the Wellington Comix anthology.

Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt authors of Tiny Kitten Teeth, a web-comic updated daily. Frank and Becky have recently returned from San Diego Comic-con and Mocca (a New York based alternative comics convention) where they were promoting their work.

For more information, check out the Comics On K blog and The High Seas for updates.


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