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Time-hopping, Adrian Kinnaird

Helen and the Go-go Ninjas Ant Sang and Michael Bennett Penguin Random House, $30.00, ISBN 9780143771241 A creative collaboration between a writer and artist is common in the world of comics and graphic novels. Celebrated collaborators like Stan Lee and…
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Graphic correspondence, Adrian Kinnaird

Island to Island: A Graphic Exchange Between Taiwan and New Zealand Ant Sang, Tim Gibson, Rachel Fenton, Sean Chuang, 61Chi and Ahn Zhe Dala Publishing, $45.00, ISBN 9789866634567 Island to Island is the unique product of a joint publishing initiative…
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Get the picture? David Hill

The Heading Dog Who Split in Half: Legends and Tall Tales from New Zealand Michael Brown and Mat Tait Potton and Burton, $40.00, ISBN 9781927213575 One of my reservations about graphic novels has been that they limit readers’ imaginative options.…
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The magic between the panels, Adrian Kinnaird

Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen Dylan Horrocks Victoria University Press, $35.00, ISBN 9780864739759 The Bitter Sweet Philosophies K K Jart (text) and Nick Fedaeff (paintings) Eunoia Publishing, $40.00, ISBN 9780692215630 As the superheroes wage their endless battle in the…
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Weird animals, Callum Robertson

Incomplete Works  Dylan Horrocks Victoria University Press ISBN 9780864739223 Incomplete Works is a collection of short comics created by Dylan Horrocks between 1986 and 2012. Much like the B-sides of records, the comics sit beside one another like rough or…
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The best kept secret, Stuart Baker

From Earth’s End: The Best of New Zealand Comics Adrian Kinnaird Random House, $60.00, ISBN 9781869799953 I’ve read comics since I was very young. I travelled into history with Asterix and to the moon with Tintin. But it wasn’t until…
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Posted in Art, Graphic novel, Non-fiction, Review

Superheroic coping, Tatjana Schaefer

Reach Hugh Brown HarperCollins, $23.00, ISBN 9781869509569 Broken Elizabeth Pulford Walker Books, $22.00, ISBN 9781921529887 Both Reach and Broken feature episodes of the superhero genre, and in each case this element of the story functions as an exploration into the…
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Posted in Graphic novel, Literature, Review, Young adults

Suspended between cultures, Hamish Clayton

Kimble Bent: Malcontent Chris Grosz Random House, $24.99, ISBN 9781869795160   Recent claims of a resurgence in New Zealand historical fiction might seem forcefully underlined by the appearance of local cartoonist and designer Chris Grosz’s Kimble Bent: Malcontent. This graphic…
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Remapping New Zealand, Hamish Clayton

Hicksville: A Comic Book Dylan Horrocks Victoria University Press, $38.00, ISBN 9780864736246 The current republication of Dylan Horrocks’ brilliant graphic novel, Hicksville, is long overdue; however, the relative obscurity to which it has been consigned over the last 10 years…
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