Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing @ Manawatu Writers’ Festival

Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing spoke about the gruelling process of comic making.

It was a very pleasant day. I drove home, since Dylan had driven us up there and Google Maps decided that I needed to see more of the country.

I didn’t actually drive in the middle of the road but have decided not to photoshop the picture to correct it.

I Can’t Draw Hera Lindsay Bird… and I’ve tried

There’ll probably be no comic this week. But in light of my latest failure to draw Hera Lindsay Bird, I decided to create a mash-up all my pictures of her in one place.

Here is the latest attempt in full:


IIML on Mondays: Tina Makereti in conversation with Lawrence Patchett

“We still exhibit humans,” says Tina Makereti, “What fiction allows us to do is look at it – if we do commodify humans.” Creepy and incisive decolonisation thoughts. Makereti’s new book, The Imaginary Lives of James Poneke, is out soon.


IIML on Mondays: Anna Jackson in conversation with Helen Rickerby

I love the way Anna Jackson’s mind works –  Math as god, allusive seeing motifs and love poetry enabled by a partner disinterested with poetry, among other insights. You can buy her collection of new and old poetry, Pasture and Flock, from AUP and other book stores.

IIML Mondays: Harry Ricketts

My main takeaway from Harry Ricketts and Jane Stafford discussion about poetry was that it would be nice if more people read poetry. Either that or fewer people need to write it. Basically the writer to reader ratio needs addressing.

Talk Notes: Me, Jem and Giselle

Jem Yoshioka, Giselle Clarkson and I did a comics talk a few weeks back. I attempted taking notes while being on stage. It was all very meta.

There was some cool process stuff from Jem and Giselle; Both felt that references could hold back the life of an artwork.

A big thank you to Hannah Benbow at the National Library for inviting us. We were up against burning man on the shortest day of the year. I thought it was a great way to pass the solstice.


Winter Eyes: Harry Ricketts poetry launch

Featuring Fergus Barrowman, James Brown, Therese Lloyd, Anna Jackson, Hannah Mettner AND Harry Ricketts. You can buy Winter Eyes, here.

All, except Harry, started with a poem about poetry readings.