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Early Interests

Sunday mornings spent going through my pile of Donald Duck comics when I was a child taught me to read and the work of Keith Giffen on Justice League International got me back into the comic reading habit. After a while I started noticing local New Zealand comics. These small, photocopied A5 things are done on a small scale but they are just as good, if not better than most of the imported stuff. I started collecting and eventually producing them myself.

Comics Career

I was long serving editor of the New Zealand anthology Funtime Comics Presents, but since coming to the UK I've been spending time on my new allotment growing corn and potatoes.

I got involved in the comics community through my editorship of the Small Press section of Comics Bulletin, and my contribution of the occasional interview and review regarding mainstream comics.

I have written articles on New Zealand comics for Comic Edge, Comic Quarterly, Stripschrift, Comics Australia and various other magazines and web sites; as well as maintaining fan sites for the comic characters and creators listed here. I put John Weeks' everyone can do comics philosophy to the harshest test possible in my own mini comic, Mopy

My proudest moment in comics was when I caught a fly ball in the outfield during the 1999 Small Press Expo versus Diamond Distributors softball game.

Mainstream enthusiasms

While the general misconception that comics are a genre and not a medium holds the comic form back, that doesn't mean I can't enjoy some genre comics:

Keith Giffen
From his well received work on the Legion of Super Heroes to the present day, this immensely talented writer/artist has blazed a path through mainstream comics. Find out more about the man and the comics he has worked on at my site.

Jonah Hex

Ah could just kick muhself fer bein' so all-fired stupid as tuh let Hex an' his pals get away from me like thet! Here ah had 'em practically right in muh browser window....

Man-Thing

Once, he was a man, a chemist named Ted Sallis, until a top-secret experiment went awry... and he changed, The serum that was to have made him a super-soldier combined with strange forces in the shadow-haunted swamp to turn him into a shambling, mindless mockery of his former self... part man, part monster! Witness his chronicles, if you dare!

Silver Bullet Comics / Comics Bulletin work

Reviews

The Victorian - Act II: Self Immolation
The Punisher DVD
Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers! : Writers on Comics
Telling Stories: The Comic Book Creators (DVD)

Interviews

Steve Gerber: Hard Labor
Jimmy Palmiotti: The Outlaw Jonah Hex
Michael L. Fleisher: Never in the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time
Greg Horn: Judgemental
Steve Gerber: An Absurd Journey Part I
Steve Gerber: An Absurd Journey Part II
Steve Gerber: The Dark Duck Returns
Bill Messner-Loebs: A Career Retrospective (Part I)
Bill Messner-Loebs: A Career Retrospective (Part II)
Bill Messner-Loebs: A Career Retrospective (Part III)
Bill Messner-Loebs: A Career Retrospective (Part IV)
Bend It Like Bendis: Marvel's Newest Icon Talks

News Bulletins

Celebrated Comic Artist Martin Emond Dies
Steve Gerber 1947-2008