I got around to making a custom card for my friend Richard’s Birthday.
It’s some Adventure Time fan art.
Just thought it would be fun to draw something custom to print on a card for him.
It is his birthday today.
Happy Birthday, dude!
Just a few short days after the Black Keys, we had another amazing concert lined up to go see. This one we’d been expecting since February – so it was a long wait. Completely worth it though. If the Black Keys was a bit more stripped back and rocking, then Radiohead was the opposite. It was conscious, and considered with an amazing lighting and visual display to aid the songs through the set list.
Every tonal shift from song to song made the set list a giant mood ring. A slower more sombre track could transition to a more dance worthy number and giant visual display panels would re-arrange to a new layout throughout. Meaning you were always at risk or on the verge of an epileptic seizure. More importantly though, there was plenty to take in and digest along with the musical brilliance itself. It was astounding how this band could just keep adding layer upon layer upon layer – building this incredible wall of sound.
It was a fun concert and it went by too fast. We were privileged to get good seating, like we did with the Black Keys. I took some pictures. You can see them here.
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You know you’re in for a good show when all the band really want you to do is dance your ass off. It seems this was the only prerequisite to enjoying the Black Keys when they played a sold out gig at Auckland’s Vector Arena. Auckland obliged too. There was ass shaking going down at every corner of the building. Just when you thought your dance moves were tapped out, another sing along hit was pulled from the set list and you found your second wind. Ha ha!
To help things out, a disco ball was brought down in the encore. These guys know what they’re doing. They know how to get their audience going. Throw a couple of falsettos at us, and we all start swaying to the groove all over again.
If you were there, you know what I’m talking about.
If you weren’t, you’ll have to join the party next time.
There are some more pics to check out on my Flickr, if you’re interested.
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As you may have noticed. There haven’t been any comics for a while. I plan on getting back into it as soon as I can! With very short notice I found out from my employer that I would have to head over to Brisbane, Australia to help out with our office over there. That is where I was for about 2 weeks. I came back to New Zealand on the 14th, and I’ve been playing catch up with all aspects of my life ever since.
So how was Brisbane? Outside of being exhausted from the long days at work, I did at least get one weekend to have a look around the city. My wife flew over from Auckland, and we were able to have a good walk around in nice summery (for Auckland), warm temperatures. No clouds in the sky. The birds were out. The city was bustling. It was great. I like the city. It makes the most of it’s river based geography, and everyone seems to be well adjusted to the fact that it is warm and the sun shines there a lot. One morning I was waiting for my ride. I was in a tee shirt, this was about 7:30am. It was probably 15 or 16 degrees celcius. This dude is on his jogging run, he has a jacket on, a beanie on, like he was training in the cold. It was fascinating. I was thinking “Man, nice morning, it’s going to be warm. I can already feel it”. He was thinking…”Ohhh, cold morning. I’d better wrap up for the morning run today!”
There you go. It’s all about what you’re used to I guess?
In any case. I had fun. It was a privilege to travel to a new place, and have a look around. I’m happy to be home now, and I’ll get back into making comics. If you want to see more pics, I have uploaded some here.
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Well Thursday night I was one of the lucky stall holders at Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays. As it has been previous years that I have attended this event, it was a lot of fun!
I arrived early, and had enough time to quickly set up my table and grab a bite to eat. My table mate was Sam from Rooster Tails Comics. Which was rad. Sam is a great guy, so it was nice to catch up with him.
It was a busy night. If you came out to same hello, thank you very much for braving the wet weather. I was fortunate, packing in, and packing out of the Zinefest I was able to get from the car and back dry, however during the Zinefest it really poured. Thankfully plenty of people were out for the Zinefest and the festivities on K Road for First Thursdays.
I met new people, and old friends and bought a heap of reading material. A lot of love and an all around positive vibe, what more could you ask for?
Thanks Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays, for another great event.
If you are wanting to buy the new book, but we’re not able to get to the Zinefest, don’t worry, it will be available in my store very shortly.
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This post has been a long time coming, but I finally picked up my newest print comic from the printers on Wednesday. I’m really happy with the result of it. It came out great. A part of the reason updates have been taking a while has been because I’ve been putting extra time into compiling this new book. It’s a very time consuming process, so it goes without saying that I am happy to have it finally completed.
This new comic is titled “Things Change”. It’s most of last years content including all the earthquake stuff, hence the title of the book. It’s making it’s debut Thursday next week, at Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays. You can find more information about that here. I’m looking forward to finally getting it into peoples hands!
After the Zinefest has finished I’ll make the book available for purchase in my online store. I’m looking at my options for a digital book, but that might be something different, as I never did a digital book for “First Impressions” either. Maybe I need to do a large digital book? Once I find a way of compiling the color pages, and what format might be best for iPads or things like that – then I’ll proceed with that. If you like physical books though, I’ll be able to add sketches with orders – which I can’t do digitally.
I’m excited to finally be able to get this new comic out in the world!
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The NZ Film Festival is on at the moment, and with it some awesome indie and foreign films have arrived for audiences around the country to go see. I caught my first flick last Friday. It was Moonrise Kingdom by Wes Anderson.
If you like Mr Anderson’s stuff then I recommend you check this flick out. If you’re not aware of Wes Anderson’s movies, then you should be checking them all out including this one. They’re generally quirky, offbeat and fun films to watch. Moonrise Kingdom was no exception. I enjoyed it immensely. So much so that I made some fan art of Sam Shakusky. I hope you like it.
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I thought I should tell you that I am going to be at Auckland Zinefest / First Thursdays on August 2nd. I think you’ll find if you check your calendar that is actually not too far away. Not this Thursday, but the one following. I’m excited. I’ve attended the last two Auckland Zinefests and they’ve always been a great event. This year should be no exception, but it will be a little different. This year the Zinefest is a part of First Thursdays - a community-conscious collaboration of artisans and art lovers whose ultimate goal is to showcase new and exciting talent in the fields of visual arts, music and performance.
All this activity and fun is going down Thursday the 2nd of August, throughout K Rd, but if you need to find me specifically I’ll be in St Kevin’s arcade from 6pm to 9pm. I’m not certain yet if I’ll be publicly selling any comics elsewhere this year, so if you’d like to come say hi, talk comics, all that stuff. Please do!
I’ll have a new book to sell, and this will be making it’s debut that night. I’ll post about this soon.
Hope to see you there!
Some Adventure Time fan art. I loved this episode, it was called “Another Way”. It made me laugh a lot, so I thought I’d draw some art.
If you have children, and you are not watching this cartoon with them. You’re really doing them, and yourself a great disservice. It’s amazing. There is also a cool print comic available from Boom comics.
While I’m working on this next comic, I thought I would get some more of my Draw Something pics up for a laugh. Sometimes it is fun to go off on a tangent, or do a quick sketch in that game. Often times you can be struggling with a comic, and Draw Something can be a nice way of trying to loosen yourself up. Although I think at this stage I’m currently behind on most of the games I am running again. Doh!
Here are some of the ones I came up with:
It now occurs to me, if I wanted to be more obscure, I could have drawn Nick Fury – who is an Agent of SHIELD. This one I think was a bit more obvious though.
Oh and just as a follow up to my mention of the NZ Breakers vs the Perth Wildcats in the grand final. My team, the NZ Breakers won the championship in front of a sold out home crowd in Auckland. It took all three games to get there, but it was glorious. Back to back. Can they make it a three-peat? I certainly hope so. I’ve been following this team since they began, and there were some very hard years in the lead up to this. It’s so awesome to not just see them win the Championship, but to win it back to back. Man, it makes the road worth traveling. Good work, NZ Breakers!
NBA Playoffs has now begun, so it’s exciting that I can watch even more playoff Basketball.
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