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.

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