Working as part of a collective can be rewarding and frustrating by equal turns. Putting this issue together has taken longer than expected, mainly because real life got in the way. Other commitments mean contributors have been delayed, and the state of the Funtime bank account meant we were in no rush to spend money we did not have, but after a round of fundraising that included a garage sale with sausage sizzle we reached our target.
21 is a nice number to see on the cover of our comic. Through all these issues we have been caring and nurturing our anthology. It has had its wild moments where it ‘kicked against the pricks’ in an obvious, perhaps even crude fashion, but it has learnt some discipline. It is certainly not going to become respectable, but it has grown more confident in its own nature.
An important aspect of our anthology is the group dynamics that fuel it. The jam comic is a essential part of any Funtime comics comic drawing workshop. When two or more of us sit around a table it isn’t too long before a blank grid is drawn up and starts moving around the table. There is a certain amount of pleasure to be had in seeing the ideas that flow, the characters that develop, whether a plot will form one panel at a time, how oblique the references will be... it’s a creative, rewarding pastime, and we can’t get enough of it.
Containing the work of comic creators from New Zealand and overseas, this issue once again reflects the Funtime collective's eclectic approach to the comic medium. From Science Fiction epic to political commentary, the comics tell a myriad of stories of New Zealand as well as the wider world, tapping into the creative talents of small press creators, national and international. Contributiors to this issue come from The United States of America, Italy, Macedonia, and of course New Zealand.
Editor: Darren Schroeder
Cover Design: Jason Lennie
Contributors: Aaron Dann, Allen Trembone, Andrew Kepple, Beppi Knott, Bob Gibbons, Brent Willis, Carlos Wedde, Claudio Parentela, Debra Boyask, Diego Gabriele, Isaac Freeman, Jared Lane, Jason Lennie, Jason Winter, Lily Boyask, Luke McCrea, Mary Knott, Matt Tylianakis, Matthew Rasch, Murray Crosbee, Peter Johnstone, R. (Bob) McMahon, Ruth Boyask, Sam Thomas, Steve Saville, Tea Krulos, Tony Scanlan
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An introduction to Funtime Comics
Funtime Comics was formed in 1991 by a group of artists and enthusiasts from the University of Canterbury. It has grown to provide a forum for promotion and discussion of comics by writers and artists throughout New Zealand.
The main focus of our group is the publication of our anthology, Funtime Comics Presents. We also hold workshops on a monthly basis.
In addition to our anthology we have also released a number of one off titles including the books AVATAR, ONLY FOOLS AND 'TOONISTS, THE CASE OF THE BIG PINK LIGHTHOUSE, and THE REGISTER OF NEW ZEALAND COMICS: http://www.comics.org.nz - an ongoing collaborative listing of business, groups and individuals active in the New Zealand comics scene.
Editor: Funtime Comics
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