From Earth's End: The Best of New Zealand Comics
The first major book dedicated to New Zealand cartoonists, and a well researched celebration of New Zealand comics and graphic novels. New Zealand has a rich history of comics and cartooning and has produced award-winning, internationally recognised creators such as Dylan Horrocks and Roger Langridge. The very active community of respected writers, artists and designers is becoming more prominent, and gaining mainstream recognition: Ant Sang's best-selling Shaolin Burning and Chris Grosz's New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards finalist Kimble Bent being recent examples. From Earth's End: The Best of New Zealand Comics reveals, for the first time, the history of one of the country's most enduring, and subversive artforms. Discover the origins of New Zealand comics, from the pioneering local cartoonists of the early twentieth century, to the rebirth of local comics in the 1970s, through to the bestselling graphic novels of today. The collection showcases comics from 30 of New Zealand's best cartoonists, ranging from internationally acclaimed creators, to emerging new talents. Handsomely designed by the award-winning Alan Deare, and lavishly illustrated, it's a 'must-have' for every art lover's bookshelf.
Adrian Kinnaird has been involved in the New Zealand comics community as a cartoonist, writer and blogger for the past 15 years. He has a degree in graphic design and has worked as a freelance illustrator for such clients as Macmillan Education, Weldon Owen and Scholastic US. In 2008 he joined the Sandra Morris Illustration Agency. In May 2009 he founded From Earth's End (www.fromearthsend.blogspot.com), the first blog dedicated to New Zealand comics and popular culture. He blogs weekly on comics news, issues and events, as well as conducting interviews with cartoonists both local and international. He is a leading expert in the field of New Zealand comics, with hundreds of regular readers a week. The blog was voted 'Best Comics Related Website' at the Black River Digital Eric Awards in 2010, and places in the Top 100 most visited New Zealand blogs every month.