Armageddon a blast of comic madness
Not everyone can get away with taking their work on their honeymoon, but thankfully comic artist and writer Richard Fairgray has an understanding wife.
The 24-year-old spends between three and four hours a day writing, and another 10 to 15 hours drawing.
“I don’t sleep much. It’s an intensive process.”
Even being legally blind doesn’t stop him from creating his art.
Mr Fairgray has no sight in one eye and only 3 percent vision in the other.
“I can draw but there’s no way I’ll ever be a great comic artist. I can’t see well enough for that.”
Mr Fairgray will have a stall at next weekend’s Armageddon Expo, where he will be selling his work, including the comic Blastosaurus.
It’s essentially about a mutant triceratops with a gun and it’s getting Mr Fairgray overseas attention.
The comic started out as what he calls a “one-page joke” called Gunosaurus nearly three years ago, but during one weekend it became something more.
Mr Fairgray realised he had the makings of an interesting hero or antihero and co-wrote the series with friend Terry Jones.
A friend who was working on the recent Wolverine film showed some of Mr Fairgray’s work to producer Jeff Katz who loved it and has picked up the comics, including Blastosaurus, for his company American Original.
It will be released in the United States and while Mr Fairgray will continue to write it, someone else will eventually take over the artwork.
Head Comics owner Laurence Petty stocks Mr Fairgray’s work and will also be exhibiting at Armageddon.
He says Mr Fairgray has a cult following and his ability to write in different styles and genres helps him reach a wide audience.
“He’s spanned the gamut in terms of style. It’s not just aimed at a particular age group.”
The Armageddon Expo will be held over Labour weekend, October 24 to 26, at the ASB Showgrounds in Greenlane. For bookings and information go to www. armageddonexpo.com.
The Central Leader has two double passes to Armageddon to give away.
To go into the draw to win a double pass, send your name, address and daytime contact phone number on the back of an envelope to Armageddon Competition, Private Bag 56910, Dominion Rd, Mt Eden, Auckland 1446. Alternatively email your entry to email@example.com with Armageddon Competition in the subject heading.
Entries must be received by 9am next Tuesday.
Comic success: Richard Fairgray’s work will be released in the United States.