Showing posts with label James Davidson. Show all posts
Showing posts with label James Davidson. Show all posts

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Pikitia Press: 2014 Publishing Season

Taking a break from our 2013 in review surveys, here is a sampling of forthcoming comics from Pikitia Press for our publishing season during the first half of 2014.

Barry Linton's Lucky Aki - The first in a series of volumes featuring the stone age adventures of Lucky Aki.

Die Popular - Collection of new material and classic material from MVH's wonderful Die Popular.

The Art of Harry Bennett - Collecting the art and story of H. W. Bennett, a professional cartoonist in his teens who went on to create a one man publishing industry in New Zealand. Written and compiled by Tim Bollinger, Geoff Harrison, and Matt Emery.


 Tim Bollinger's Wellington Stories

Bob McMahon's Claire Melody - Bob's second Claire Melody book in the vein of DC Thomson and IPC adventure comics. Read about Bob's background in New Zealand comics here.


New Zealand Reprint Comics - A comprehensive survey and catalogue of comics published in New Zealand reprinting foreign material from the 1940's - 1970's. Written and Compiled by Geoff Harrison.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

2013 in Review: James Davidson

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2013?
Releasing Moa Volume one at Chromacon was definitely a high. Not only was it good to see all the Moa comics collected in a single volume, it was great to meet lots of the local talent. Sharing a booth with Matt Emery and Sarah Laing was a blast. Living on the coast of Taranaki certainly has it's positives but the one thing it lacks is a thriving comic community, so getting the chance to talk comics all day is always appreciated. Also, being included in Adrian Kinnaird's excellent From Earths End book was a great honor. It is very humbling seeing my work in the same book with some of the most creative individuals New Zealand has to offer.

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2013?

I haven't had much time to read many comics this year. The only one that has left a lasting impression was Seth's George Sprott, which I got from the New Plymouth Library. They just got Grant Morrison's Animal Man omnibus but as I have incurred a few fines I'm too chicken to go and get it!

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2013?
Spotify! I have found so much new music through Spotify. I also like the subscription model which allows you to pretty much consume as much music as you want. Now when an album comes out I can give it a go and if I like it I keep it, if not you can delete it. It certainly makes you more adventurous in your tastes not having to commit $20-$30 on a CD. The album I've jammed the most in 2013 has been Kendrick Lamar's good kid m.A.A.d city.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?
Making more comics! Due to a growing family my output has been lower then I would have liked. I would like to get both issues 4 and 5 finished in 2014. With any luck issue 4 will be ready in time for the Wellington Armageddon. 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Paper Trail

The First 17% of Suburban Archaeology (after Anna Krien) by Mandy Ord.

The National Library in Wellington is hosting Cartoon Colloquium: Looking at women and cartoons today on Friday 15 Nov with a variety of speakers and topics in discussion. More details here.

Sharon Murdoch, "Are you looking at me?", 13 April 2013. Ref: DCDL-0024808.

Adrian Kinnaird and various cartoonists will be at signing events in Wellington tomorrow and Auckland next week. More details here.

Chris Anthony Diaz asks Simon Hanselmann 5 questions.

Caitlin Major and Matt Hoddy at SPX 2013

Every once and a while you'll get treated to a new page at Tiny Kitten Teeth. The latest treat.

The Comic Spot October review episode includes a review of James Davidson's Moa comics.

There's a lot of nice things to look at on Marijka Gooding's tumblr.

Hannah Valmadre profiles Five Female Street Artists to Watch in Melbourne.

 Dave Mahler writes about Katie Parrish.

Aru Singh on Arkham City Comics and Chromacon Event.

Sarah Dunn interviews Damon Keen for the Nelson Mail.

Ah heck, here's a bunch of 'Famous Yank Comics', Australian reprint editions collecting various American newspaper strips from the 1950's.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Paper Trail

More comics link blogging dashed off in a haphazard fashion... 

Michael Fikaris project, Arte Moris, is in it's last couple hours of crowdfunding.

Michael & Death Flatmates by Ralphie.

Josh Perks reviews James Davidson's Moa Vol One.

David C Mahler is currently on an international comics traipse through North America with a hobo's bindle full of a new anthology Flying Fox. Marc Pearson, Katie Parrish, Ben Sea, Leonie Brialey, Ruskidd, J.R Blue, Michael Hawkins, Merv Heers, Sam Wallman and David feature in this spunky little package. Read about Flying Fox on David's tumblr.

Roger Langridge writes about convention sketching.

Brian Lawry writes about Sarah Laing's The Fall of Light.

Bruce Mutard features on Double Spread.

Selection of Australian landscape reprint comics from the 1940's - 1950's on the Pikitia Press tumblr.

RM Rhodes dissects American Captain.

Aru Singh interviews Faction Comics' Amie Maxwell and Damon Keen

Daniel Best chronicles the production of the Pitt Brother's ill-fated adaption of Gully Foyle.

David Blumenstein writes up the 2013 Stanley Awards conference. Part one and part two.

Robert Smith reviews Adrian Kinnaird's From Earth's End: The Best of New Zealand Comics.

Elliot Francis Stewart: Back to the Wall.

Pat Grant performs Toormina Video at the Sydney Opera House.

Dylan Horrocks and Bryan Crump discuss children's comics including James Davidson's Moa.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Pikitia Press News

I'm proud to announce the Pikitia Press Blog has been invited by the National Library of New Zealand to be added to the National Digital Heritage Archive which collects copies of New Zealand websites, plus sites relating to New Zealand, for the preservation of their historical and research value.

This Sunday 12 May Pikitia Press will be attending the Illustration and Comic Art Festival Chromacon from 9am – 5pm at the Air NZ Foyer, Aotea Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday will see the offical launch of some new releases from the publishing arm of Pikitia Press:

Toby Morris' Dreamboat Dreamboat.

Toby Morris is an illustrator, designer, art director and comic artist recently returned to New Zealand after 9 years of living and working in Melbourne and Amsterdam. He made his start by drawing and self publishing comics from the age of 13 and currently works as an advertising art director by day and an illustrator at night.Toby's style has roots in the clear line school of comics, but in more recent years has evolved into a looser and simpler but still very graphic look.

Sarah Laing's Let Me Be Frank #1 and #2

Sarah Laing is a novelist and graphic designer who lives in Auckland, New Zealand. She has had two books published, and a third, The Fall of Light, is due out in July. She began drawing comics seriously in 2003, when she read Persepolis and was reminded how much she loved the medium. She kept comics diaries of her life as a new mother. These graduated to the internet in 2010, when she was the Frank Sargeson writer in residence in Albert Park. Her blog, Let me be Frank, quickly gained a following and she began contributing to magazines such as Metro, Little Treasures and Booknotes. Sarah is now working on a graphic novel about Katherine Mansfield.

James Davidson's Moa Volume One.(Collecting the first three issues of Moa and extras.)

James Davidson, creator of Moa, a comic series set in a distant New Zealand where history and myth collide. An Art teacher by day, James has a passion for sequential art and plans to convert the children of New Zealand to the comic form. With his plucky heroes Possum von Tempsky and Kiwi Pukupuku, James hopes young people will be brought into the world of comics he so enjoyed as a child.

Another mini comic joint from the gutter by M.Emery.

These titles will all be available from the Pikitia Press Store next week.

We'll also have a limited selection of Steve Ditko's contemporary work from Robin Snyder and titles from Milk Shadow Books including Tim Molloy's It Shines It Shakes And Laughs and Mr Unpronounceable Adventures.



Click to enlarge the Chromacon floorplan below. Pikitia Press will be located at H2 and H3. James Davidson and Sarah Laing will be attending the Press tables most of the day, catch them and Toby Morris at Adrian Kinnaird's Best Of New Zealand Comics panel on Level 4 at 9:30am.