ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Dylan Horrocks

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Dylan Horrocks in this “5 minutes with” interview.

Dylan Horrocks self portrait
Self-portrait by Dylan Horrocks

What first got you interested in comics?

My dad had plenty of great comics in the house, and as soon as it was clear I had developed an obsession, he and my mum would bring home anything interesting they found. So I grew up reading Tintin and Asterix, but also compilations of Golden Age comics and early newspaper strips, but also weird underground comix, French comics magazines, histories of comics – all sorts of stuff. I started drawing my own comics in notebooks when I was very young; I loved drawing and I loved writing and making up stories, so comics was the perfect medium for me!

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ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Zak Waipara

comicfest 2024 Zak Waipara

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Zak Waipara is this “5 minutes with…” interview.

Photo of Zak Waipara
Zak Waipara

What first got you interested in comics?

My Dad would buy comics for me and my two brothers from petrol stations to entertain us on long car journeys. There was something incredibly engaging about comics. I was hooked from then on, always wanting to read them and then to try drawing my own.

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ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Ned Wenlock

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Ned Wenlock in this “5 minutes with” interview.

Self-portrait by Ned Wenlock
Self-portrait by Ned Wenlock

What first got you interested in comics?
I couldn’t tell you, I’ve always been drawn to comics, something about their graphic nature really appeals.

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ComicFest 2024: Workshops and panels

ComicFest hero image - ComicFest 4 May 2024 with illustrated comic characters around the title.

ComicFest 2024 is just around the corner, which means it’s time to plan what workshops you’re going to!

These events are free and have limited capacity, so make sure to book ahead of time to avoid missing out. You can browse the full ComicFest schedule here.

Panel: Drawing Nature – The Great Outdoors

With Giselle ClarksonLily Duval, and Sarah Laing. Hosted by Neil Johnstone.

Reserve your spot here.

The natural world of Aotearoa New Zealand has always been, and continues to be, one of our greatest inspirations.

In this unmissable event hear three of our finest graphic artists talk about how they, in their own ways, engage with our great outdoors.

Our fabulous panel features: Sarah Laing, the artist behind the illustrations for the award-nominated Sylvia and the BirdsGiselle Clarkson, the creator of the publishing phenomenon The Observologist and Lily Duval, illustrator for the Critters of Aotearoa, the book based on RNZ’s hugely popular programme “Critter of the Week”.

Each one of these acclaimed artists has a unique interest and perspective on our natural environment.

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ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Giselle Clarkson

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Giselle Clarkson in this “5 minutes with” interview.

Self portrait by Giselle Clarkson
Self portrait by Giselle Clarkson

What first got you interested in comics?

When I was a kid I loved Tintin, The Far Side and books by Raymond Briggs, but it wasn’t until I was at university and discovered webcomics that I realised how broad and accessible the medium was. Discovering stuff like Hark! A Vagrant, Hyperbole and a Half and xkcd gave me the idea that I could do it too.

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ComicFest 2024: 5 minutes with Isobel Joy Te Aho-White

Isobel comicfest 2024

While we look forward to ComicFest 2024, meet Isobel Joy Te Aho-White in this “5 minutes with” interview.

Self-portrait illustration of Isobel Joy Te Aho-White
Self-portrait illustration of Isobel Joy Te Aho-White.

What first got you interested in comics? 

I grew up reading the Asterix and Tintin series, both were staples in New Zealand libraries in the 90s. My twin sister and I would get stacks of them and swap them after we’d done reading. 

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