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More Auckland highlights

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Deep Thought, Shameless Namedropping on August 28, 2011 by brunswick

Dunkin’ Donuts. We forgive you for your missing ‘g’ and ‘ugh’.

Selling two pieces in an exhibition where only about one in six pieces sold, very few of them from the cartoonist section.

Seeing Dylan Horrocks and Ant Sang at Auckland Museum’s Storylines Festival, looking at some of the beautiful A2 original pages of Shaolin Burning and meeting Katz Cowley, illustrator of The Wonky Donkey, every NZ toddler’s favourite picture book.

Visiting the Gucci store on Queen St to specifically check out their new kids clothing range. $500 coats. $165 sock sets. Caps fit for flinging onto the school roof during playtime. ‘G’ logos on everything, disproportionately huge on these tiny clothes. Within any context, even one as simple and direct as standing on the street outside and taking a look around – an obscenity.

Donating old Brunswick books to Auckland Library’s new zine collection, and discovering that the librarian is Tim Kidd.

The International Food Court. Down an unprepossessing flight of stairs on Queen Street is the ugliest, cheapest and most satisfying food court I’ve ever eaten at. Huge, inexpensive portions of world comfort food.

Long, hot hotel baths, with bath salts and a towelling robe. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Getting out of Wellington long enough to appreciate it, while realising that some things in Auckland – public transport and cafe beer – are actually cheaper. Also not freezing my ass off for a couple of days was nice.

Auckland Grammar School Art Expo

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Shameless Namedropping on August 26, 2011 by brunswick

One look at the motto inscribed over the arch at the main entrance and I had a certain song from Funny Business running through my head:

Per angusta
Ad augusta
Per angusta
What does that mean?
Per angusta
Ad augusta
Who cares?
Only poofs take Latin!

Such was the tenor of my thoughts throughout the evening. The cartoonists had their own little ghetto in the hall onstage (we spotted the wooden magpie immediately) and everything was nicely presented. The framer hadn’t bothered to spend a minute with an iron to remove the creases in two of my prints, but one quickly had a red ‘sold’ sticker placed besides it, so it couldn’t have appeared that bad.

Artist & Children (photo by Anita)

There were about 600 pieces of art on display, and they were uniformly tasteful with only a few clangers, like the artwork originally priced at $800 with a biro emendation of “$45” and rather too much stuff designed to match people’s lounge suites. There was a single brave installation piece consisting of cut-up books arranged on a shelf – I don’t think it’ll sell*. The most expensive painting I saw was $16,000, but it’ll probably sell*.

Overall, prices struck me as being quite high, but the crowd for the opening seemed up for it. In fact, the people were as interesting as the paintings. I had a nice talk with Otis Frizzell, who commanded his own pop-art corner and turned out to be very pleasant, and I got to meet Chris Slane, who is pretty much the only NZ political cartoonist who has been around for a while whose work I respect. Relievedly, he was also very nice, although he looks alarmingly like Spider Jerusalem. I also got to meet caricaturist Daron Parton and Herald cartoonist Guy Body.

Three hours later the booze showed no signs of running out (unheard of for a Wellington exhibition) and everyone was raucously congregating in the middle while offensively polite and tall senior students lounged around with trays of canapés. I’d had a few weird encounters with the endless supply of Ladies Who Lunch who make up a fair part of this city, but nowadays I take being patronised by people with 500 times my net worth in my stride. Not much had sold by the end of the evening, but we’ll return on Sunday to check it out again.

*It didn’t.


Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on August 10, 2011 by brunswick

I sent off the exhibition prints last week, but received an email telling me they’d been creased in the post… I’m not sure how badly, it could be nothing but it’s hard to tell how serious “creased” is in art terms – if two of them are creased but one of them is okay then it can’t be too bad, can it?

Stress Bunny Panics… final print

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on July 27, 2011 by brunswick

Through the magic of Facebook I’ve just learnt the best place to get giclée prints done in Wellington is at Big Picture.

I also learnt how to pronounce “giclée” (zhee-clay).

The Expat’s Progress

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on July 26, 2011 by brunswick


The third exhibition piece, adapted from a presentation I gave for the NZ Cartoon Archive several years ago and later printed in Bristle #1, drawn during the most creative four-hour session in my life. This is an A3 print so the text is quite small.

I finished Stress Bunny as well, but I’m going to recut bits of it because I’m having trouble obtaining a clean enough print.

While I’ve been doing all of this, the atmosphere in my flat seems to have entered the lead-in-the-waterpipes stage. How could we possibly have a $280 power bill ($56 each)? Could it have something to do with putting towels in the dryer for two hours, and taking twenty-minute showers? Obviously Victoria University doesn’t teach causality anymore.

He’s allowed to giggle once in a while

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Jitterati, Lovely pictures on July 25, 2011 by brunswick

Obviously this one isn’t about poor Amy Winehouse or the Norwegians!

Poor Stress Bunny!

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on July 24, 2011 by brunswick

It’s so cold tonight that the lino has hardened, making it more difficult to carve. I have a hot water bottle stuffed down the front of the seven layers I’m wearing. I look like Mother Courage – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Stress Bunny Panics About the Future (design)

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on July 23, 2011 by brunswick

A triptych, naturally.

All varnished and ready to go

Posted in Cartoon stuff, Lovely pictures on July 22, 2011 by brunswick

There is a certain glee to be derived from creating objects which have a kind of beauty about them, but which are also decidedly wrong or odd. From a distance this just looks like a big wooden picture of a magpie. Only when you’re close up do you realise that there’s a caption, visible only in a strong light – that it is, in fact, a New Yorker-style cartoon. Anyone who buys this will be an interesting person indeed.

Varnish is also fun. It hides a multiple of woody sins.


Posted in Cartoon stuff, Deep Thought, Lovely pictures on July 21, 2011 by brunswick

I thought I should photograph this before I paint over it, in case I ruin it. This isn’t something that occurs to me before I ink a cartoon, but woodcarving is actually hard work – cartoons require the same amount of concentration, but not as much physical effort.