Fording the Mainstream
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.
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.
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:
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.
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....
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
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