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The Black River Digital e-group has initiated an on-line award for New Zealand comix and cartooning. The award is known as the 'ERIC' awards, in honour of Eric Reseter, one of New Zealand's pioneer comic makers. There are 13 categories for the inaugural ERICs for works produced in 2000, including 'Best Comic', 'Best cover', best editorial cartoonist', and introduces a Hall of Fame, to honour the work of previous years. Voting closes in June, and we will announce the winners in The Cartoonist #12 See page...... for a full list of categories and nominations.

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SCORE a new soccer magazine is looking for soccer related cartoons and or comic strips- SCORE is being published by NZ soccer, Federation Six. It will be distributed from Ashburton to Nelson to all the soccer clubs for sale to players and enthusiasts.

Contact Craig Crawford at IU Advertising PO Box 13432 Christchurch. E-mail iuadvertising.co.nz

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As reported in the last issue of The Cartoonist, LJ Hooker Ltd is holding a cartooning competition for Primary and intermediate school children. details about the competition can be found at their website. http://www.ljhooker.co.nz/cartooning/arch.htm

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The Otago Daily Times has begun a new series of cartoons. They're inviting readers 'of artistic and humorous bent to submit original cartoons, preferably on a topical subject,' from which they'll select one per week to publish. The cartoons appear on Fridays. They ask that submissions be landscape format and be sent to 'Cartoonist For The Day' Editorial Department, Otago Daily Times. PO Box 181 Dunedin or fax 03 474 7422.

'Cartoonist for a Day' is planned as a weekly series - but if supply and quality are up to scratch, it could appear more frequently.' More cartoons in NZ newspapers, it can't be a bad thing. ......................................................................

One of the events in the AUCKLAND WRITERS FESTIVAL is a discussion panel on 'comics and political cartoons, with Dylan Horrocks, Sophie McMillan, Malcolm Evans, and Bromhead as panellists. It should prove to be an interesting discussion, we hope to report on it in the next issue of the cartoonist. .....................................................................

Ant Sang has released the first of a series of 8 minicomics "The Dharma Punks", with a three colour glossy cover and 40 pages in glorious black and white inside. Dharma Punks enjoys a wide mainstream distribution nation-wide, hopefully it will be supported by the public and we see the entire 8 hit the shelves. See review on page 6. Other new releases include 'Mobiustrip' -'comics for comics sake' from Simon Adams, Saret Em, Ben Nightingale, and Matt Kelly. Sophie McMillan and Timothy Kidd's latest Lucky Sparrow has just been released. Sophie reports that Half A World Away, Illumina, Interlude Pie and all related material ARE ABSOLUTELY OUT OF PRINT! ................................................................................

The Funtime comics team have put out their 15th issue 'Pistolgraph', which could be their best yet. 'Raising Kane' the Jason Winter epic is approaching it's climax, as is Bob Gibbons 'Mr Blurt In the year 2000', other shorter pieces are outstanding in their wit and entertainment value, even the inevitable funtime group non-sequeter comix have lost their self conscious apologetic tone and bask in their own special intricate glory. .....................................................................

On June 21-22, the NZ cartoon Archive Trust is holding a Cartoonists Convention at the National Library in Wellington, for published cartoonists. With assistance from the major newspaper groups many of the country's leading cartoonists will be there. In late November the NZ Cartoon Archive Trust will be holding a major cartoon exhibition "The Other Side of the Ditch", which looks at 100 years of the political, cultural, and sporting relationship between New Zealand andAustralia. ......................................................................

Cornelius Stone's new co-op anthology ROUNDABOUT is starting to take shape with 20 pages of Roger Langridge's brilliant artwork, Indira and Stefan Neville are also on board. The co-op nature of the anthology means the contributors share the costs of producing the comic and the distribution. Each contributor chips in at the rate of $100 per 5 pages. however there is still editorial control and direction. So even with a fist full of cash you might still not get your stuff in if it's not up to standard. Roundabout will be A4 and in black and white. Work is nearing completion on Cornelius stone's other project The Associates Themselves, a collection of new 'Associates' stories, the alternate reality strip from Razor written by Cornelius and illustrated by a variety of artists. The Associates Themselves is being drawn by Craig Peterson, Ant Sang and James Merritt. Cornelius is still looking for someone to ink Craig's pencils. Also watch out for a new Knuckles The Malevolent Nun collection also from the pen of Cornelius Stone and illustrated by Roger Langridge, with a mixture of new and old strips. It is being published by Antipodes Publishing and distributed through Diamond. ......................................................................

Alan Moir, a New Zealand cartoonist who went to Australia in 1972, has won an award for his political cartoon 'Reconciliation' at last year's MEAA Walkley awards. Moir's cartoons have appeared in over 150 publications internationally in the last 27 years. Although it was his first Walkley Award, Moir has been The Black & white Artists Club's Best Editorial Cartoonist Of The Year five times. He won the Winston Churchill Fellowship in 1999.

INTERVIEW WITH MALCOLM EVANS

What materials do you use to do you cartoons?

I work with pencil, felt pen, ball point pen and black ink wash and sometimes a thick black crayon on cartridge paper.

How long have you been the cartoonist for the New Zealand Herald?

I have been the cartoonist for the Herald this time around since August, 1996, having first worked for the paper for eight years from 1970 till 1978.

Do you do cartoons for any other publications?

Although my work is sometimes reproduced in other publications, as a rule only the NZ Herald publishes my editorial cartoons, while my Edna cartoon character appears in Rural News first before then being recycled through a few smaller papers. In addition to the two forms of cartoons mentioned above, I also illustrate in both cartoon and non cartoon styles.

What other cartoonists have most influenced your work?

My style has developed over the years and probably owes more to Pat Oliphant than to anyone else.

Do you seek to inform or entertain with your editorial cartoons?

Editorial cartooning has a proud record of saying with humour, & sometimes without it, things that words often cannot. I try not to be preachy and prefer to "box the compass" producing light stuff one day and perhaps heavier messages on another. The cartoonist occupies a privileged position and should not abuse it. Many of my cartoons have been the catalyst for debate which is a good
and healthy thing. I don't claim to have all the answers but I often have some questions which my job enables me to ask, hopefully in a thought provoking way. At other times I have made strong cartoon statements and been happy to have people take up the issues raised by them in the paper.

Do you sell your original cartoons?

Politicians have often bought the original of an Evans cartoon, usually when it has featured a caricature of the individual concerned, but I don't normally go out of my way to caricature politicians.

As a cartoonist, do you keep a close eye on the political situation?

A cartoon should address issues with which the readers are familiar and so I try to keep informed and abreast of what's happening so that I can comment on things that the reader knows about.

Who would you say is your favourite cartoonist?

I have no particular favourite political cartoonist but there are a number whose art I like - Oliphant, MacNelly, Thelwell, Tom Scott, Low, Steve Davis.

Would you like to see a New Zealand initiated cartoonist awards system?

New Zealand cartoonists are recognised annually through the NZ Qantas Media Awards each year.

Have you had any of your work published in book form?

I have published nine books of

cartoons and numerous calendars and illustrated a number of books.

What do you do when you're not cartooning?

I am keen on conservation and have an interest in an organic fertiliser company and when I'm not cartooning, I like to fashion art pieces in bronze and have recently been introduced to fishing by Scottie.

If anyone wants a copy of Malcolm Evans latest collection of cartoons- Good Evans, they're available from direct from Malcolm at $10 each, contact him at this e-mail address - mevans@kiwilink.co.nz just send a note and he'll pop one in the mail with an account. His next book is due out before Christmas.

The story behind Nga Tupuna/Ancestors

An 80 page historical chronicle of 1000 years in the histories of two New Zealand families, one Maori, the other European...

The NZ Cartoonists Collective's Millennium Project has finally made it to the printer, 7 months overdue, and $1000 over budget. We have been working on the project since late 1999, when we found we were eligible for a grant from the Lotteries Commission's Millennium fund. After we got over the shock of actually getting the grant we set about getting contributors for the 80 page comic book. In December 1999 we sent out 'invitations for participation' with this newsletter, from which we got 30 or so responses. Then we sent letters to most of the NZ cartoonists and comic makers listed in Dylan Horrocks' Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa: New Zealand Comics, from which we got about 10 replies. After that we sent out press releases to newspapers and magazines all over the country, with about 50 people interested in being involved. The European family was based on the whakapapa of my 4 year old son Daniel through his mothers side, as his grandfather had done genealogical research back to 1800. We didn't want it to be a purely patriarchal line traced back to the year 1000 AD, so we couldn't simply trace the surname, when the real research ran out, we resorted to the age old method of making stuff up. Although pre-1800 the European ancestors are mostly fictional, some are real, like 'Ralf the Red' or 'Monday' the plague orphan. With the sensitive nature of Maori ancestors, the Maori side proved a little more difficult, we were unsure whe ther to use real whakapapa or a fictional one. Zak Waipapa was one of the artists we contacted from Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa: New Zealand Comics, he raised the possibility of using his own whakapapa for the project, as long as he had editorial control over the artwork for the Maori side. He did months of research with the recorded oral histories of his tribe to as accurately as possible trace a direct line back to the year 1000. It's an interesting footnote to this project that the culture whose records were passed down verbally each generation are more accurate than the culture that has been recording in writing everything from the worlds history to grocery lists since well before the frame of reference for our project. Of course there are complete records of European families back to 1000 AD and before, but they are usually Duke This or Sir That. Once Zak had the research done and had the go ahead from his family and tribal elders to have their ancestors portrayed by comic makers around the country (a very brave step), the names and storylines were sent out to the various artists. Again, due to the issue of depicting Maori ancestors, many of the prospective contributors were wary of doing a page in that side. So there were some pages on the Maori side still unallocated even by the July 2000 deadline for the return of the artwork. After the deadline we had about a quarter failure rate of artists actually producing work in the European side, which we had anticipated, and we had some local NZCC members on standby in this event- but even they quailed at doing the unallocated Maori pages. The European side was virtually all wrapped up by September last year, with the second wave of cartoonists making short work of the outstanding pages, but we still were less than half way with the Maori side, with three months left of 2000, and an unbreakable deadline of the end of December for a $2000 grant from Creative Communities for the cover and other expenses. So we approached several of the contributors from the European side that expressed a willingness to do a Maori page as well if necessary, and made direct appeals to several professional artists and illustrators especially for the early pre-Aotearoa pages in the 1000-1300, with an extremely short deadline of one month. June Pearson and Roberto Corona both produced outstanding works in very short time. Zak's father did several of the pages of the closer ancestors and Zak got several last minute contributors, who all produced work of exceptional standard. By the end of 2000, we had the cover printed, the $2000 spent and with some preliminary sketches and pre-colour pages in place, we had enough to show the Creative Community people. After that it was a matter of waiting for the final few artworks to come in, and Zak to finish computer colouring some of the artworks. When the artworks were all in, the historical narratives were all added, the introduction, contributor list and bibliography done, a copy of the project was checked by Zak's tribal elders. It's a tribute to the care Zak has taken with the editorship of the Maori side that there was little to adjust. In April the internal pages of Nga Tupuna/Ancestors was ready to print. The quote for the printing had by now expired, so we had to get an update, on getting it we realised there had been a misunderstanding with our colour requirements. They thought we wanted colour on the outside and centre pages only, not throughout, as requested. Once they sorted out what we really wanted, and informing us they couldn't actually DO colour throughout, they came back with a new quote. $1200 dearer and not all colour. Fortunately some of the artists wanted their pages in black and white, in fact approximately 35% is in black and white, but the problem was in the placement of the pages, so we had to get the pages printed OUT OF ORDER then uncollate and re-collate back into the correct order. A nightmare? Yes indeed. Fortunately we don't expect to sell them all within the week, as these things take time. So if you are a contributor and have your copy already, be careful with it, as there has been a lot of work gone into this project, from many people. If you aren't a contributor, and would like to get a copy, send $5 plus a 90c stamped A4 envelope to NZCC PO Box 13335 Christchurch, and we'll send you a copy.

reviews

Dharma Punks #1 by Ant Sang A5, 40 pages, 3 colour cover,5.50 incl. GST The first part of eight, Dharma Punks is an ambitious project. It is a very polished product, complete with hip ads, introduction, credits and prologue before we get to chapter one. It is the story of a group of anarchist punks seen from the viewpoint of 'Chopstick' a Chinese New Zealander with a mohawk. The group plan to carry out a terrorist attack at the opening of 'Bobo's' a new business that opitimises rampant American consumerism. Issue one introduces the main characters and relationships, Ant portrays his subjects with gritty realism in stark black and white. No muscle bound beautiful people here, just a few disillusioned young people in a squalid warehouse, thinking they can save the world from it's self with a few well placed bombs. Will they learn the error of their ways? Will they blow up 'Bobo'? Will they blow up them selves ? Dharma Punks has a very wide distribution, so there are no excuses for not getting yourself a copy.

Holy Cow #1 by Tom Williamson A4, 8 pages, B/W, Free A small comic put out by Save Animals From Exploitation (SAFE) about the plight of factory farmed pigs. "The Price Of Cheap Pork". SAFE have used the medium of comics to try to make their point without alienating their audience with graphic photographs, and to get the casual readers attention with the promise of a few pages of light hearted tomfoolery- the cover has a clothed cow with a halo in the lotus position, meditating. But even in comic form, the pages within are pretty hard going. It's nicely drawn, with liberal use of halftone, and gets it's point across well, but it is still stuff most of us don't want to think about. Will supermarket meat buyers be influenced by it? Would they continue reading it once they figured out what it was? If you do read it, it will make you think about things more the next time you're chewing on a pork chop. Of course, even if they converted the entire NZ comic reading public to vegetarianism, it wouldn't make much of a dent in the sales of bacon. If they made it into a 30 second animated cartoon & showed it 15 times a day at prime time on TV, they might have a measurable effect.

ERIC AWARDS NOMINATIONS for2000AD

BEST COMIC:
There's a Dragon in the Ceiling 3,
Disgraceland 2, James Merritt
Dogs Brendon Philip
Longman 1 to 4 Sheehan Brothers
The Last Day on Earth, Brendan Philip
ComicBook Factory Funnies2 Karl Wills

2 BEST COMIC RELATED WEBSITE
www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com www.hotelfred.com www.moonrocket.co.nz www.comicbookfactory.net www.hickville.co.nz
3. BEST ANTHOLOGY:
Random Licks 2
Rogue 5 & 6
Rugger Comics 4
Mobiustrip 3
Funtime Comics: Edenic Gad 14
4. BEST SHORT PIECE IN AN ANTHOLOGY:
"Apparition" M. Kelly & B. Nightingale Le Bleu Peu by LeeChallis Tuatara by HeathTodd in Random Licks 2
Colour Field Theory by Brendan Philip 5.

5: BEST SERIALISED STORY Raising Kane by Jason Winter, in Funtime
Earth Wrath by Steve Saville in Rogue
James' ongoing Disgraceland saga...
Mr Blurt In The Year 2000 Bob Gibbons Glop by Isaac Freeman in Funtime Comic
6. BEST STRIP:
Fred the Clown, Roger Langridge
Pop Vulture by Chris Knox Cant Find Jacob Toby Morris
Meantime by Anthony Ellison
Connie Radar by Karl Wills
7. BEST JOURNALISTIC COVERAGE OF NZ COMICS:
Tim Bollinger's Pavement columns,
Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa:N Z Comics
The Cartoonist, NZ Cartoon Collective
The article Toby Morris wrote for Salient
8 BEST DESIGN OF A COMIC:
Endless Plain by Tim Molloy
Strange Currencies 5 Track, A Kinnaird
Pick Pick Stefan and Indira Neville
There's a Dragon in the Ceiling Cant Find Jacob by Toby Morris
10. BEST EDITORIAL CARTOON:
Trace Hodgson in City Voice
Anthony Ellison in Sunday Star Times
Malcolm Evans in the NZ Herald
Garrick Tremaine- TheOtagoDailyTimes
Daryll Crimp in The West Coast Times
Tom Scott in the Daily News
Paul Ekkers in The Hawkes Bay Today
12. HALL OF FAME:
Barry Linton
Eric Resitar
Corelius Stone
Colin Wilson
Murray Ball
Roger Langridge
13. BEST COVER AWARD:
Can't Find Jacob, Toby John Morris
City of Tales #3: There's a Dragon in the Ceiling, Noone & Neville.
Season To Taste by Martin Molloy
Comicbook Factory Funnies by Karl Wills
Dogs by Brendan Philip
14. BEST ARTIST AWARD:
Dylan Horrocks
Karl Wills
Anthony Ellison
Simon Adams
Stefan Neville
15: BEST WRITER AWARD:
Dylan Horrocks
James Merrit
Toby Morris
Clayton Noone
Martin Molloy

New Cartoonist Competition This issues winner is A.B. Smeaton of Christchurch, unfortunately, I've misplaced the cartoon he sent (hope it was a copy) but it was a good one. He will receive a $55 cartooning materials set from The New Zealand Institute Of Business studies. Those that have sent in non winning cartoons (copies) for previous issues competitions are encouraged to send in more.

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