Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Magic Tree - Mark Tapsell



Te Ao Hou/ The New World was a bilingual quarterly published by the Maori Affairs department from 1952 -1976. Seventy-six issues were produced of 'interesting and informative reading for Maori homes...like a marae on paper, where all questions of interest to the Maori can be discussed,' as stated in the first issue. Starting in 1955, issues 12 -14 contained a comic serial, The Magic Tree, by Mark Tapsell.  The Magic tree is described as a made up story from vague references overheard by the artist and displays a dynamism and layout atypical of local comics from this era.





1 comment:

Straw fellow said...

Interesting. Reminds me of Peter Johnstone's work, wonder if Peter used to read these...