Growing up in the 60s I think I probably first discovered them through black and white reproductions in English weekly comics like Smash or Whizzer and Chips. They reprinted early Fantastic Four, Thor and Daredevil issues and I really took to them – particularly the Jack Kirby artwork with the strange anatomy and alien landscapes.
One of the things that vinyl has in its favour – and you’ll always hear a vinyl enthusiast trot it out as one of the virtues of the format – is the cover artwork; it actually works, it actually is (or can become) art. The CD has a lot of faults and though it seemed […]
The Incantations of Daniel Johnston Scott McClanahan (Text) Ricardo Cavolo (Artist) Two Dollar Radio Here Daniel Johnston’s life has been lovingly paid tribute to in a rather exquisitely made graphic novel/biography. The non-fiction graphic novel can at times get bogged down when trying to find room for text but still have something to say, image-wise, […]
Killing and Dying: Stories Adrian Tomine Drawn and Quarterly Adrian Tomine has published single-story graphic novels, ongoing strips and dozens of award-winning single panels, including many of the great covers for The New Yorker but Killing and Dying is a standalone set of short stories, connected by their themes of ennui, loss of hope, modern-day […]
Ohope Beach School Choir Bird Song Ohope Beach School The Ohope Beach School Choir – an open choir featuring years 0-6 (ages 5-10) – was asked to perform at the celebration for the 200th Brown Kiwi Release in the Mahy Reserve at Ohope Beach. Seeing the opportunity to turn this into a project, teacher Jenny […]
We haven’t been able to buy a lot of art recently – is there a more First World Problem sentence than that? – you don’t buy art when you have a wee kid, but you do get lots of new art anyway, fridge paintings galore… Anyway, my Christmas present was a new painting – the […]
Here’s episode nine of Sweetman Podcast now – my chat with Matthew Couper. Matt’s an artist, Hawke’s Bay born, now Las Vegas based. Matt’s also my oldest friend, in that we’ve known each other since we were three. We went through kindergarten, primary, intermediate and high school along the same strip in Havelock North.
It was a really great gig by Killing Joke on Friday. The original line-up, well most of them – the drummer was a sub for the last few shows. Wellington’s gig at Bodega was a ripper, the final show of the tour. Over at the merch table they were selling DVDs and CDs and posters […]