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ActionMan Adam

So in a muddled impression of a good older brother I went with my younger brother to Armageddon this year. He’d never been and I hadn’t been for years. It was an... interesting experience (he says diplomatically) but one of the highlights was the new ActionMan Adam book by local artist Marc Streeter.

Marc’s been a friend of Makeshift for years so some good words about him here are long overdue. His ActionMan Adam character has been around for a while, and this book combines older stories with some new ones, and brings readers up to date for the upcoming online comics which will continue Adam’s adventures in life and love.

Marc clearly has a genuine warmth and affection for his main character which is rare these days. With comedy it’s far too easy to resort to cruelty and cheap shots for laughs (which I’ll have to put my hand up for at times), but he doesn’t. Possibly because the character is based on a real-life friend of Marc’s, possibly just because he’s a genuinely nice guy himself. Or maybe both.

In a gesture of un-Armageddon-like creativity and initiative, Marc was offering his comics in two forms – one with its traditional, printed cover, or another which, for just a few more dollars, would feature a one-off, hand-drawn sketch by the artist himself. I couldn’t resist that offer, not just for the pleasure of owning something unique and hand-crafted but also to watch someone who can properly draw draw properly. He does shading and everything. The comic looks rad. he was quick too, or he would have been if I hadn’t kept distracting him with questions about comics or demanding to see the pictures on his phone of the guy dressed as Starscream.

Sitting next to Marc was another Makeshift cohort, PodgyPanda. Along with his usual selection of gorgeous cartoon prints and sketches he’s now got some laser-engraved wooden pieces which are amazingly cool. I assume they’re still for sale if he hasn’t already sold out, head along to his website for a look.

For more rants and revelations from this year’s Armageddon Expo check out edmocentral.com.

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Comics on K

So I had planned on writing this and putting it up days ago, but I didn’t, and then I forgot when it was and thought it was ages away. Then I realised it was this weekend. So here you go. Sorry.

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When Digital Cameras Go Wrong

These haven’t been photoshopped at all, this is just how they came out of the camera. Wellington & Christchurch a few years ago.

(Cross-posted from edmocentral.com)

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I Always Knew You Were Tomorrow

Titirangi is, unless you live there, pretty shit to get to. And if you do live there you’re probably too busy fantasising about leaving to have any time for art.

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G17

So you’re forgiven for thinking it’s some kind of political thing, like the G8 Summit but better by 9 world leaders. Funnily enough, if you type it into google it comes up with a liberal-conservative political party from Serbia.

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