Comic artists share their wisdom
Publishing a comic book is no easy undertaking, but a panel of experts has offered up their expertise to help burgeoning Auckland comic artists succeed.
Auckland Central Library hosted a panel discussion on Thursday titled ‘So You Finished Your Comic, Now What?’ which featured four prominent New Zealand artists.
The free event had a panel which covered topics such as growing an audience and the pros and cons between publishing online and in print.
Panel host and Mt Roskill resident Zak Waipara, whose comics focused on retelling traditional Ma¯ori folklore, said the nature of publishing had changed with the advent of the online selfpublication.
‘‘The internet has become certainly liberating in that it has removed nearly all publishing costs,’’ Waipara said.
The best advice he could give to new authors was to not just reproduce common comic tropes but to find something relevant to themselves, he said.
Rooster Tails author and Pt Chevalier resident Sam Orchard said artists needed to start getting their work out to the public as soon as possible.
‘‘You just have to put up a whole bunch of bad stuff and then eventually you’ll look back and it wasn’t as terrible as you first thought,’’ Orchid said.
Rooster Tails author Sam Orchard uses comics to tell the stories of queer and transgender people in New Zealand.