Amazing. I was able to complete this page in time! It’s a special “double sized” update today. I had this story hit me, and I knew I had to draw it, but for me to communicate it effectively I needed the extra space. Even though I was very sleep deprived working on this page throughout the week, I really enjoyed it. Hopefully you do too!
This weekend I was in Christchurch. A winter break in a colder city is never something I aim to do. It was just a quick trip to catch up with my brother. We had a bad run for food on Saturday – but it was quickly made up for by an amazing breakfast at Drexel’s restaurant on Hereford Street in the city.
This colossal breakfast burrito took care of me until 4pm. It was totally worth it.
Hopefully you had an enjoyable weekend as well.
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It was a busy weekend for me. I was doing my best to get this page finished and a big head start on the next as this weekend I will be in Christchurch. Which will leave me no drawing time next weekend. Hopefully I’ll get a page up on time next week. It’s going to be a big ask. I’ll do my best!
The Football World Cup continues to surprise. Even my own team New Zealand getting a draw with Italy was unexpected for most. It’s awesome to see some of the lower ranked teams breaking through with draws or even wins. One last game before the next round begin. What will unfold next?
Hey – have you checked the blog lately? No? Go have a look at this post here. I have new stickers available, and if you’d like some, I’ll post it out to you for free! They look super nice. They’re full colour vinyl. So they’ll go up anywhere, and last forever!
Hope you had a good weekend!
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Winter always feels like you have to lock yourself away. Which means that its a great time to find things to do. There is nothing more appropriate in winter time that catching a film or two. I’m down for some big dumb action flicks. However, it’s nice to catch the quirky and off beat films when I can as well. The best way to do it? The New Zealand International Film Festival of course. Auckland gets the bulk of the festival, but a lot of the films do tour to other parts of the country too. If you’re interested in catching an awesome foreign (or local) film or an art house flick go check out what is screening at the website and if that film will be in your city (NZ).
There have been two films I’ve been wanting to see this year. One is the film on David Choe, because that dude is fascinating, and the other one is “Exit through the Gift Shop“. The film by / about / around the street artist Banksy. From what I have seen on this film it looks like a real laugh. I’m happy the festival was able to secure one of these films. The David Choe one isn’t with a major distributor as far as I’m aware, but the Banksy film is coming. That’s rad. I’m quite excited about it.
I’ve also bookmarked a film by Tamra Davis on Jean-Michel Basquiat. That one could really potentially be an interesting study into an artist. Kinda curious to see what that is all about. The problem with film festivals like this is, it’s like a music festival. So much to see, and you aren’t quite sure what you will get. You just have to take a chance and see what you get. It’s all part of the charm.
If you’ve seen an independent movie that rocked your world lately, pass that info along. I’m always keen to check cool shit out.
On Friday last week I had a parcel hit the door. It was faster than expected, but the courier guy was delivering some new stickers I had printed. These bad boys have been made for give outs at appearances and with merch orders. If you email me before the end of the month specially requesting them though, I will post you some stickers for free. Sounds like a good deal to me! Get to it! – marc [at] actionmanadam [dot] com
This weekend I will be in Christchurch. I am doing my best to get an update on time, but I’m not sure if I will hit the target since most of my drawing is done on the weekends. If I do miss it, it’s likely the page will be up later in the week. To make up for it, the page will be a little more than my regular page size.
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So the Football world cup is on. Anyone tune into any games? I got up the other morning and turned it on. It was live from about 7am NZ time I’d guess. I don’t know. I was up late working on comics, so I didn’t wake until 8am. The match was the England vs USA game. Since all the action had happened during the first half and I did not tune in until the second half, I pretty much missed the goals. It was great to see another sport on TV in this country though. People do look like they are having a hell of a good time there in South Africa!
Also picked up a National Geographic magazine this weekend. This generally isn’t my standard reading material, but there was a fascinating piece on Mount St Helens. The article was about the National Park there basically being left alone since the eruption happened in 1980. At first obviously it was all destruction and carnage – but through the course of time the surrounding land and water in the nearby lake is really starting to prosper again thanks to the ecological process taking place. Like a giant Petri dish, life has begun again from the ash. If you’re interested in that kind of stuff I recommend you go out and pick it up!
Hope your weekend treated you well,
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June. It’s great news if you live in the Northern Hemisphere. The summer has officially begun and springtime will fade into the long summer days. That is exciting. It also means a good deal of comic conventions start up as well. In fact a few good ones have been already, but the grand daddy of them all – San Diego will kick in mid-late July generally. I haven’t been to San Diego since 2005, but I love that show. There is just a great atmosphere and the vibe that is in the city, it’s a great place to be! I won’t be attending this year unfortunately. If you have the opportunity though, I encourage you to go for at least one of the days and take in some of the craziness that descends upon San Diego. I truly miss hanging out with all the good friends I made when I used to attend. I hope some day I can catch up with them all again soon.
Here in New Zealand June means winter. We just had the last public holiday that we’ll see for some time. There is this long drought of public holidays now, and there won’t be another one until the winter is over. Winter in Auckland usually means a lot of rain. This year I did the smart thing and bought some leather shoes for rainproofing. The good thing about the winter season is, that I am more inclined to stay inside. This means that despite the cold, I should be more productive. More time inside = less commitments elsewhere. Less time elsewhere = more time drawing. You’ve got to take the positives that you can out of a situation – getting more drawing done because its wet outside. That is a real positive.
Since we’re now getting started into the second half of the year I guess we’d all best evaluate what we’d like to achieve before the year is out. I have a few things coming up. I have been confirmed for the Auckland Zinefest in August. You can check out more information about that here. If you are in the Auckland area, please do come out and say “hello”. I like meeting people and will be nice to you. Promise. Should be a great opportunity to sell some more comics. What else? I’ll be briefly in Christchurch at the end of this month. That should be fun. In September the wife and I are going to head to Melbourne for a quick look around. I have never been there before so i am really looking forward to that. Might also pop in at Armageddon Auckland in October. I’m not too sure about that one, but it is a “probable” at this stage.
Above is a sketch I did for a twitter pal in Wellington. Hi, Fi!
What about yourself? What plans do you have for the second half of the year?
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It was a long weekend here in New Zealand. If you are in NZ hopefully you enjoyed it. The weather hasn’t been great but that is what you can expect for the beginning of winter I guess. I hope all of you in the Northern Hemisphere are excited about the onset of your summer!
The weekend was good. I was able to get some things done that I wanted to do. Including finishing off the page you see above this post. Thankfully I was recently in Christchurch and was able to get some great photo reference or it would have made the inside of this cafe scene a hard one to conjure up.
Also spent some of the extra time this weekend watching a couple of films. Of the more independent variety this time around. One was “New York – I love you” and the other was “Paper Heart”. Both movies centred around love and the complexity of it. The New York one was a companion piece to Paris – je t’aime. Same concept but in a different location. The great thing about both of these movies is the city is an important backdrop, but the narrative focuses on short stories of different characters affecting each other. It was cool.
Paper Heart was recommended to me by Team Sweet. She was right. It was an adorable film of a character struggling to believe in what love means – or maybe what it should me to her. Almost the exact opposite of Adam. Heh. Both films are worth the watch. If you have a significant other, then either could be a good one to share with them.
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We are basically reaching that halfway mark of the year now. That just seems amazing to me. What wondrous things have 2010 promised and delivered to you? For myself looking back it has been a year of change so far. The day job is changing day to day, and that certainly keeps it all interesting. Then I come home and work on my comic whenever I can.
I started in February which means this week I have been running the comic online for five months. That went fast! It’s been fun. Thank you very much if you came by and read the comic. Thanks to those that also left comments – the feedback is welcome and appreciated.
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