Sunday, November 30, 2014

square planet

Tara Black has written a really interesting piece over at Square Planet about why we need to publish a book of women's comics for everyone, for history.

Thanks, Tara!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

deadline reminder

Get your three words subbed!

If you're late giving them, you'll be late getting them, which translates into less time to draw your Three Words strip.

If you're having trouble thinking up three words, the following may inspire:
late, tardy, deadline, delay....submit your three words today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

in profile: kerry ann lee

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I'm an artist, designer, educator and zine-maker from Wellington, New Zealand. 

Kitchen Universe (2007). From KAL's Masters thesis.
Kitchen Universe (2007). Image from KAL’s Masters thesis and Home Made book.

Kerry Ann Lee, <EM>Home Made: Picturing Chinese settlement in New Zealand</EM>, 2007, 52 pages, full-colour, case-bound book. 380 x 278 mm. Photographs by Kerry Ann Lee.
 Kerry Ann Lee, Home Made: Picturing Chinese settlement in New Zealand, 2007, 52 pages, full-colour, case-bound book. 380 x 278 mm. Photographs by Kerry Ann Lee. 

I make a zine called Permanent Vacation.

 Eternal favourite things include letter writing, glitterfetti, punk rock 
 Poster for PUNK FEST 1999 designed by Kerry Ann Lee. Image from the Up the Punks archive!

and random junk.


Home Made Installation.

Home Made Installation (2008), Toi Poneke Gallery. “I find a lot of descendants from migrant families in NZ get this piece – they understand it because its similar in their families – collecting and hoarding random junk as a form of stake hold in settlement.”

All images reproduced with artist's permission from the following sites:

Saturday, November 22, 2014

creative new zealand: three words thanks

We are extremely grateful to Creative New Zealand for awarding us a grant to fund Three Words. This means that as well as covering our printing and production costs, we can also pay our contributors. Fom this project's conception, remuneration was something that Indira, Sarah and me (Rae) felt was really important and to achieve it for our contributors is beyond brilliant and a tangible first step towards redressing the gender and status imbalance in mainstream NZ comics literature! Thank you, CNZ!

We'd like to extend our thanks to  Thanks so much to Ruth Boyask, Dylan Horrocks, Ant Sang and Tim Bollinger for their amazing references, and to Alie Mcpherson and Jessica Hansell aka Coco Solid for permitting us to use their work in the proposal.

Thanks, too, to Sarah for working really hard to put together our successful funding application. There's no stopping Three Words now!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

in profile: suzanne claessen

Suzanne Claessen is a Dunedin-based writer, illustrator, and beekeeper. Her work aims to reconcile earthly concerns – such as environmental degradation and consumerism – with imagination and the bizarre. 
She is always on the lookout for opportunities to turn the ghastly and sombre into the wonder contained in nature and mankind. 
Surrealism and existentialism are her guides.

in profile: celia allinson

"Celia Allison is the creator of Cecily. She grew up in rural Canterbury, and attended school in Timaru and Christchurch. After leaving school Celia gained a Bachelor of Science from Otago University. It was at this point that her left brain took over from her right and she moved North to Wellington to complete a Diploma in Visual Communication Design, in illustration and graphic design, at Wellington Polytechnic. Following her graduation Celia worked in illustration and graphic design in Wellington and in London. In 1988 Celia returned from Europe and started Moa Revival, a stationery company producing products with a notable emphasis on Kiwiana. In the late 1990s a cartoon about a single woman living alone began to take shape; by 2000 this hobby had gained enough attention to demand an audience of it's own."

"The cartoon character was, of course, Cecily. What you see here is the culmination of many hours at the drawing-board following a great many more hours spent talking, laughing and drinking with friends. Not that we are suggesting for one minute that Cecily is autobiographical.The bob hair cut, iconic glasses, the years spent as a single woman and enthusiasm for life are just coincidental, right?"

in profile: linda lew

Linda Lew started her first comic series Anz and Dot in 2012, armed with colouring in pencils and bad bird-related humour. 
Anz and Dot are two anthropomorphic birds that are a bit too smug and cynical for their own good, but they mean well. Linda tries do comics on bird related activities or observations but seeing as she's not an ornithologist, it can be a bit difficult at times. So the topics in this series are wide ranging.

Other than comics, Linda is passionate about drawing, creating and making zines (she's one of the organisers for Auckland Zinefest). You can see a range of Linda's works at her blog.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

in profile: maiangi waitai


I'm an artist and kindergarten teacher in Wellington. A Whanganui art school grad, I love to paint, draw, collage and sew in a variety of mediums and forms.

Woven throughout my work are a collection of characters and possible story lines, but I think the main theme is simply the love of creativity, color, and imagination...

...check out my website for more