Showing posts with label tom scott. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tom scott. Show all posts

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.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Mini Paper Trail

Siobhan Downes writes about Jem Yoshioka’s Sunshine.

I love Moonbeard.


Tom Scott lauded in French newspaper Le Mond.

Happening this afternoon at All Star Comics Melbourne:
Milk Shadow Books, Squishface Studio, NonCanonical Comic Podcast and All Star Comics present the YOU STINK AND I DON’T - VOLUME 1 AND 2 LAUNCH.

For 20 years Ben ‘Hutcho’ Hutchings has been creating one of Australia's best funnybook comic series, You Stink and i Don't. From the Woden Bus Interchange to the beautiful streets of Brunswick, and over 10 issues (plus lots of other mini comics collected here!), Hutcho has been smashing the piss out of all conventions such as growing up, other comics, modern medi
cine, pop music, sport, organised religion, and other unimportant things.

From 4 Р5pm there will also be a Q & A with Hutcho by the cr̬me of comics podcasting, the fellas from NonCanonical!

Cakeburger comments on the recent 'formation' of a Pakeha Party in New Zealand.

Sarah Laing: I <3 bookshops

Trailer for Larry Boxshall's new doco Drawing Dicks on the Herald Sun.

Upcoming Tim Molloy Exhibition Strange Pageant.

New Paintings, Comics and Sculpture by Tim Molloy. Opens 6pm Tuesday August the 20th
DRIFT away and off into Hypnagogic landscapes drenched in sunset psychedelic hues, as you listen to the far-off piping of strange flutes. JOIN the procession marching through your frontal lobe, monstrous and altogether (un)familiar... there are AWFUL mysteries to celebrate. Life and death and horror and joy merge into one.BEAR witness to the STRANGE PAGEANT.

First 100 Attendees shall receive an exclusive FREE 36 page mini comicbook, HOT off the searing grill of Molloy's subconscious!!!

Gary Chaloner updates on his various projects.

I lost a few piles of links which was probably a blessing but here's one I refound. Bob Brockie receives Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in Queens Birthday honours.

Jacqui Taffel writes about Smaller comics Minicomics of the Month. Read my Beard Spotlight with Smaller Comics CEO Andrew Fulton here. Sign up for a MOTM subscription here.

Occasional cartoonist Bobby N's photo essay from Melbourne Comic Con 2013.

New Zealand Flash Gordon comics from Feature Productions circa late 40's early 50's. Covers drawn by unknown artist, interior art by Alex Raymond.

Paper Trail masthead courtesy of Toby Morris.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Al Nisbet Cartoon Controversy


The above cartoons by Al Nisbet published in the Marlborough Express and The Press have caused a furor in New Zealand over Nisbet's depictions of poverty and Polynesians in relation to the New Zealand government's food in schools programme. I've read several interpretations of the cartoons above and the wider view has been that Nisbet's depiction of overweight polynesian figures exploiting a government programme is an offensive stereotype.

Nisbet has spoken in his defence,

"Obviously the cartoon worked. It got reaction. You've got to push the envelope, otherwise you have namby-pamby PC cartoons. I do not apologise, because, to me, cartoons are meant to provoke reaction

Al Nisbet discussed his cartoons with John Tamihere and Willie Jackson on their radio show.
There have been calls to change racism laws after Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy made a statement that while she found the cartoons offensive and appalling but they were not deemed racist under the definition by law.

"It does not reach the levels of racism within the inquiries and complaints process within the commission."

(video here.)

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key has commented prior to viewing the cartoons,

"By the description I was given it certainly could be offensive to people. I'm often the source of the humour in them, if you like, and I try and take it all with a grain of salt because cartoonists are notorious for taking a mile out of an inch."

Tom Scott commented critically on Nisbet's work to Radio NZ,

"Personally, 'cos I'm a virtuous, Ghandi, Nelson Mandela type person I don't tend to mock the more helpless people in our society. But he's allowed to, he's hired as a cartoonist to have a point of view. I wouldn't have drawn it, I don't think it's particularly funny, but he's entitled to do that sort of thing."

(Listen To Tom Scott on Radio Live here.)

Dylan Horrocks' statement of Nisbet's cartoons,

"A tendency to rely on crass (& racist) stereotyping is built into the history and conventions of political cartooning, whether the cartoonist is conservative, liberal, or whatever. The best political cartoonists are aware of that and deal with it critically & thoughtfully. Whereas lazy (or nasty) cartoonists revel in stereotypes without self-awareness or ethics & then say "lighten up, it's a joke."

Read further statements from Scott and Horrocks here.

Sean Plunket speaks to the Scott Mason, editor of the Marlborough Press on Radio Live.

3 News has commentary from Dame Susan Devoy, the Mana Party, the Green Party and Nisbet's editor at the Marlborough Express, Steve Mason.

Colin Espiner asks the question, "Should cartoonists be allowed to offend people?"

"Funny how I never heard such a hue and cry over Bro'Town, with its cringing sterotypes of Pacifica people. But that was written by brown people who live in Auckland, right? So it's OK. Along with all of Billy T James' back catalogue. So if Al's cartoons weren't racist, were they offensive? Certainly they were. They offended many ethnic groups, plus beneficiaries and the elderly, I would imagine, given the old geezer in the background of one of Al's efforts."

"And for the record, I don't agree with Al Nisbet on food in schools. I think the programme is a fine idea. Neither do I think many people living in poverty have a wide-screen television. But that's not the point.

Like Voltaire, I'll defend Al Nisbet's right to say what he thinks and a newspaper's right to publish it."

"Those who call for Al Nisbet or the newspapers he works for to apologise for daring to offend people need to take a long, hard look in the mirror and ask themselves what kind of world we'd have if we had a press that provided only bland, inoffensive, easily digestible fare. Or simply hop on a plane to China or Fiji and find out for themselves."

Ruth DeSouza has blogged about Nisbet's work and the broader issues of health and poverty.

"These despicable cartoons highlight the media’s role in perpetuating the myth that  responsibility for poor health (whether it’s about people who are obese, smokers or problem gamblers) is an individual and group one rather than linked with broader issues for example colonisation, economic restructuring or the devastating social consequences of state neoliberal policies."

Ric Stevens writes about the assumptions of audiences and compares Nisbet's work with other New Zealand cartoonists. One point Stevens makes that may have been missed by folk who have not read any of Nisbet's prior work,

"Having looked at hundreds of Nisbet cartoons over the past decade, I can personally vouch for the fact that he is even-handedly nasty towards everyone."

Alex Parsons' commented on the issue with a cartoon,

My Personal Take On Nisbet's Cartoons - M.Emery

I didn't find Nisbet's cartoons particularly humourous but rather more absurd. Adults dressing as kids to get free food and families financing lavish lifestyles from the savings made on Weetbix and milk all seems a bit nonsensical to me. The relevance of the older characters in the strip appeared ambiguous and the jokes/punchlines struck me as a bit sophomoric. I get the criticisms of using the under-privileged and weaker elements of society as a poor target for humour and I understand the sensitiveness of this issue. Like a lot of people cartoons I typically enjoy point out the foibles of the wealthy and powerful.

I don't however find them offensive. Growing up half-caste in New Zealand during the seventies and eighties I was unfortunate to experience racism first hand from Maori and Pakeha, often inadvertent, sometimes overtly. As I approach 40 I feel very inured to racial stereotypes and life's given me the perspective that what is happening to people in real life, is far more important than some lines on a piece of paper.

Nisbet has indicated he filed these as part of the grind of providing daily editorial cartoons without giving much thought to the reaction they would provoke. Expressing an opinion is a core part of an editorial/political cartoonists job. If it is a contentious issue that may cause pain and hurt, then they should be prepared to answer for any backlash. Using the 'right to freedom of expression' with no explanation should not be acceptable. I believe Nisbet has responded and offered multiple explanations for his work although he certainly hasn't sated his critics.

I found some of the responses to Nisbet's work disconcerting regarding censoring cartoons like his. However unpopular the reaction to his cartoons, I believe as long as no laws are being broken and his editors are satisfied with his work then they should not suffer censorship. All cartoonists in our part of the world should be able to enjoy this freedom. I'm probably the only New Zealand cartoonist that has had his house ransacked by police officers and been taken away in handcuffs with my cartoons and sketchbooks in evidence bags. At the end of that debacle I was assured, "No matter how distasteful my work was, I was breaking no laws, and I was entitled to publish it."
As it stands the ire and national debate raised by the publication of Nisbet's cartoons may have borne more fruit than if his commentary on this issue had been more insightful and pointed.

Thanks to my father, the various cartoonists that emailed me their opinions, and responses in the NNCC FB group. Thanks to Grant Buist for drawing my attention to Nisbet's cartoons.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New Zealand Capping Magazines Gallery

University Capping magazines were published in New Zealand from the early decades of the twentieth century through to the last decades although to the best of my knowledge have now ceased publication. Each annual publication featured writing, illustration, cartoons, comics and photos with of a satirical nature. Neville Colvin, Tom Scott, Nevile Lodge, Sid Scales, and Bob Brockie were amongst many of New Zealand's finest cartoonists with work featured in capping magazines.



Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Paper Trail

 Sarah Laing shares commissioned portraits of New Zealand artists and writers.

Roger Langridge has digitally released a previously unpublished 70 page comic created in the 90's, The Thirteenth Floor. Read about it here, available as a PDF and CBZ.

Langridge is also featuring in upcoming volumes of UK digital anthology Aces Weekly with The Fez Eldritch Detective.

Neil Sanders animation and illustration tumblr.

Jase Harper's Guh!

151 Capture Creatures by Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson.

Frank and Becky hourly comics. 

15 Comic Books are launching in Melbourne on March 2nd at this years BA3. Previews are going up daily on facebook and tumblr.

Endless Karma by Dan Cross and M. P. Fikaris.

Josh Santospirito writes about his recent performance with Christopher Downes of the Shipwright & the Banshee.

The Shipwright and The Banshee: MONA FOMA Performance from Chris Downes on Vimeo.

Just Be Honest For Now tumblr.

"Aftermath", objects & drawings by Leigh Rigozzi & Lachlan Conn.  Opening Friday February 8th, 6-8pm. Open Thursday - Saturday 12-5pm until Feb 24. Facebook it here.

Paul Mason writes about his cover design process for The Soldier Legacy's Strange Tales one-shot from Blackhouse Comics.

Hannah Nolan at Sensory Ghost

Tom Scott 2013 editorial cartoons.

Recently passed New Zealand broadcaster Paul Holmes portrayed by various cartoonists in The New Zealand Herald.

 Paul Holmes transition to Prime TV by Trace Hodgson

Rachel Fenton's Escape Behaviours.

Steve Saville on comics in the classroom and creativity part one and part two.

Aggressive Comics interview with Milk Shadow Publisher James Andre.

  Photo by Bobby N.

From the Pikitia Press WIP folder:

Keeping busy cleaning up scans for a book on New Zealand comics by Geoff Harrison. Here's some scans of New Zealand editions of Simon and Kirby's horror anthology series Black Magic, originally published by Prize Comics in the 1950's.