Showing posts with label Toby Morris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Toby Morris. Show all posts

Monday, February 17, 2014

Paper Trail


Trailer for Connie Radar short film

Jem Yoshioka on tumblr.

Robert Virtue writes about the 2014 Parkes Comics Fest, that happened a couple days ago at the Parkes Library and I'm posting late because the links pile up in no discernible order and it's hard to keep on top of things.

Dr Matt Finch and Tracie Mauro from the Parkes Shire Library. (Pic yoinked from

INTERVIEW: Mary Tamblyn

 - Vibrations (after Fiona Wright)


Graphic! Novels! Melbourne! available on DVD.

Lauren Maier reviews Rooster Tails

Bruce Mutard - Microaviary (after A. Frances Johnson)


Garrick Tremain on cartoon censorship.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

12 Comics You Can Buy Right Now From Polyester Books!

Part one of a series of irregular posts spotlighting comics with blurry photos that you can buy from various places. The following comics are a sample of the shelves in Polyester Books 'World's Freakiest Bookstore', 330 Brunswick St, Fitzroy Melbourne.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Pauper Trail

From 1982: Clip of New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon ejecting cartoonist Tom Scott from his weekly press conference.

Sarah Laing concludes her residency in Devonport.

Read out of print 2012 Simon Hanselmann 16page mini comic on the Space Face Books site.

Young Cartoonist Exhibition - National Library of New Zealand

No Soap Comics.

Andrez Bergen writes about his comics year.

Write up on my old local Mark One Comics in Hamilton adding digital comics to their offerings.

 (Pic nabbed from Fairfax NZ)

Jason Paulos Biro Art

Caitlin Major makes comics for work!

Toby Morris' screenprints.

Jase Harper Showreel

Short clip of Ron Tandberg in his studio.

Scriven interviews Richard Fairgray.

Scroll slightly down on the Silent Army site for pics from the launch of Michael Hawkins' Boyfriend: Magic, Sentiment and Bondage.

Bob Temuka and Kelly Sheehan posted a five part discussion on the film collaborations of Mitch Jenkins and Alan Moore at the Tearoom of Despair.

After several years absence The Ledger Awards are scheduled to return in 2014 in conjunction with Supanova Pop Culture Conventions. View the current  long list of nominees here.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

2013 in Review: Toby Morris

What have been your personal cartooning/comics highlights of 2013?
Don't Puke On Your Dad coming out in September was good- first time I've had someone else putting out my work so that's been a whole new experience. 

And I didn't expect things would go down this path this year but I've ended up with a gig doing New Yorker style one panel gag cartoons for the Listener. I never thought that's where I'd go, but it's been a new thing learn and I've been enjoying it.

What are some of the comics you've enjoyed in 2013?
I've just been making my way through Adrian Kinniard's mega collection From Earth's End, a lot of old favourites but also bits I've never seen, that's great. I liked American Captain, Tim Danko's Once made me feel weird, and Mat Tait's Flying Dutchman book was cool. 

What is something non-comics that you have enjoyed in 2013?  

Special sauce black chilli prawns from Canton Cafe in Kingsland is my thing of 2013. And my second son Iggy being born, that was cool. I got married too, that was fun. But those prawns, man, seriously.
What are you looking forward to in 2014?

I don't know what the next book is right now, so that's exciting. Lots of half formed ideas, gonna be fun to see where they go. Looking forward to getting some sleep as the new baby settles in a bit.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nexus Comics Issue: Toby Morris Interview 2006

[Editor's note: Toby was living in Melbourne when this interview was conducted and after living further abroad he's now relocated with his family back in NZ.]

Toby Morris Interview by M. Schuerich.

Toby Morris has been a prolific creator of comics in New Zealand - at least, while he was in New Zealand! He is now located in Melbourne, Australia. Toby has been involved with publishers such as Chopper Chick Comics with his Pirate Technics series (up to Issue 2) and has also been the main illustrator for the A Low Hum gig posters. He was even published in Nexus once upon a time ago with a serial comic titled Dreamboat Dreamboat. I gladly took the opportunity to present him with some questions and get his opinions on comic creation

What originally got you into comic creation?
I've always done it I can't really remember why I got in to it. The first time I actually went and got a finished comic printed up I was 13. I grew up with a massive pile of Tintin and Asterix books and I loved those to bits so I think that would have had something to do with it.

How do you think New Zealand comics are being perceived by New Zealanders themselves?
Oh, I think most people who are fairly open minded about the arts in general are prepared to give them a go when they come into contact with them, but there aren't many opportunities outside of meeting someone who makes them for that to happen. NZ comics are ever so slowly growing in profile/acceptance but realistically it is still very much way out on the fringes to your average Joe kiwi.

How viable do you think comic creation and illustration is as a job in New Zealand?
Its not easy. Comics as a job is not even worth thinking about illustration as a job to pay bills while you do comics is do-able - that's what I was doing before I left NZ but I was not making a hell of a lot of money and it had taken me a good few years of doing illos for free and building a profile to even get to that stage.

What are your impressions of the current New Zealand comic scene?
It's funny for me because I'm away from it now. but it seems like having a few new keen people has blown some fresh enthusiasm into everyone's sails. I haven't seen lots of these people's work so I don't know what kind of stuff is actually being produced, but from what I can see it looks like there is a lot of energy there at the moment Like any scene it goes through waves of activity and waves of quiet - good to see its picking up again.

What kind of elements and themes do you try to include in your own creations?
Whatever is on my mind. I have a few things that will pop up again and again (robots and music would be two big ones) but it's usually whatever I'm thinking about on the day. I think about robots and music more than a lot of other things,

What do you like appreciating the most out of your's or someone else's comics?
Impressive execution. Like really flash drawing, is one thing but really it's personality I mainly want to see, a unique idea or perspective. Sincerity and humour are important to me too - people think those two things are opposite but when there are both there that can be magic.

What do you think the future has in store for New Zealand comics?
I don't think NZ comics will ever take over the world but I quite like that about it. I think NZ comics will continue to attract people who do really strange and personal and odd work, and the more generations of people doing that the more the precedent will build to have to do even better stuff than ever before.

What comics have you been reading lately?
We All Die Alone by Mark Newgarden. rereading lots of early/mid Love and Rockets (I love that stuff.), Kramer's Ergot 4 and 5 are still my favourite books after two years, some Ron Rege, Kevin Huizenga.

What was the inspiration for the "Pirate Technics" comic series?
I wanted to do something that tied together my involvement in music and comics. It was also kind of tied specifically to the medium I was putting it out through. It started being in 'the package' which was quite a dance music oriented publication. I felt like I was a rock n roll dude and they were getting me to do all this work for them, and it felt like rock was creeping up and taking over dance music in Wellington at that time. so I started doing stuff for the package with rock n roll pirates 'invading' the package and taking over in the name of rock n roll. By the time they wanted me to do the series I felt like the whole thing had turned around and that whole rock n roll explosion had happened and by that time I felt like rock was being stolen by pop so I made the series about rock and dance teaming up to defend against pop.

With your Dreamboat Dreamboat series, were you aiming for some kind of 'Home and Away' serial?

For sure. very much so. My whole thing was to make it like the whole thing was being sung by a tough 50s girl band (like 'leader of the pack') so that's why I have a 50s girl band as part of the story but also why I tried to do it in a really soap opera serialised way.

Do you prefer to tell a good story rather than make any kind of story up as an excuse to draw?

I love drawing but I have a lot more enthusiasm for writing the stories. I have the concepts for hundreds of comics in my head and scrawled in sketchbooks but I only find the time to draw and complete a tiny portion of them. My sketchbooks are mainly filled with writing - whatever that means.

Your 'A Low Hum' posters are really awesome. Not to mention you've done a million other posters for other bands, including your own. What kind of job are gig posters to you?

Thanks. I love doing posters and approach them in a pretty similar way to comics - even though it's just one image. I still use a storytelling approach. You have to find some kind of connection between a visual image and the music which I love doing. You have to set the tone, the mood the vibe etc for the gig, It's easy and awesome to do if you love the band, hard if you haven't heard, don't like or don't get the band(s). I'm not doing as many these days as I'd like because I'm too busy playing music. but I'll come back to it for sure.

Beatnik Publishing are releasing Toby's latest book chronicling his first year of parenthood, DON'T PUKE ON YOUR DAD, in Auckland on August 22nd. More details here.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Paper Trail

That time New Zealand Prime Minister Robert Muldoon met Spider-man.

White Fungus to be distributed nationwide in New Zealand through Gordon and Gotch. White Fungus have featured some fine comics over the years including work by Barry Linton and Tim Bollinger. The latest issue features a 20 page comic by Tim Bollinger.

Gorgeous short run Toby Morris screenprint available from Papertrail Prints.

Bob Temuka writes about comic collecting and maintaining a comic collection in New Zealand.

Eagle comics reprint of Judge Dredd, The Judge Child Quest, one of the last comics I recall being advertised on New Zealand television.

Darian Zam writes about New Zealand illustrator Alison Fyfe.

Lane Ashfield interviews Rachel Fenton.

Excerpt from Daniel Best's The 1955 Romance Comics Trial ebook.

Roger Langridge draws a couple takes of Jason Paulo's Hairbutt the Hippo.

Roger shares some Fin Fang Four roughs and character designs.

Sarah Laing hangs with Katherine Mansfield.

Silent Army photos from Tim Danko's Once launch.

MVH still killing it at DIE POPULAR.

Photography not comics by Andy Conlan.

In between producing several comics series' Richard Fairgray with regular collaborators Tara Black and Terry Jones have created a children's picture book, Morgan, the Moreporks and the Moon.


2013 Winter edition of Roomers #53 free from readings Bookshops in Melbourne features a harrowing tale of bathing in rooming houses, Postcards from the Gatwick, by Wendy Butler.

Benjamin Constantine gallery at Juxtapoz.

Russ Radcliffe, editor of Dirt Files:A Decade of Best Political Cartoons, and Professor John Uhr from the School of Politics and International Relations at ANU, review 10 years in Australian politics through cartoons.

Simon Hanselmann is selling a pile of Truth Zone original pages and previews his forthcoming comic from Space Face books.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.