Ar­maged­don a blast of comic mad­ness

Central Leader - - News - By Janie Smith

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. ar­maged­don­

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 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.

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