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Comics, Manga & Co - Artist Talk

Roundtable Conversation
14 March 2013, 6pm
Massey University, Lecture Theatrette, 10A02, Old Museum Building, Buckle St, Wellington
free entry
ST PAUL St Gallery and the Goethe-Institut in association with the Auckland Art Festival are delighted to present the exhibition "Comics, Manga & Co" (Auckland) alongside the exhibition of works by New Zealand comic artists, "Nga Pakiwaituhi", curated by Dylan Horrocks. "Comics, Manga & Co" showcases two generations of German comic artists: the avant-garde that is already established and paved the way for the emergence of an independent culture of German comics, and a new generation of younger comic artists whose work embraces new aesthetic and narrative aspects.

We are very pleased that the German comic artists Line Hoven and Mawil will visit New Zealand to present their work and give workshops in Auckland and at Massey University in Wellington. In Wellington they will also join NZ comic artist Mat Tait in a public roundtable conversation moderated by Dr Tim Bollinger to talk about their work and to connect two international comic scenes.

Line Hoven is an illustrator and comic artist from Hamburg. She uses a highly meticulous scratchboard method – using black card and scratching out contrasting white lines, surface areas and filigree textures. Love Looks Away is her first full length Graphic Novel and has been translated into English and Italian. Line is married to comic artist Arne Bellstorf and lives and works in Hamburg.


Mawil is another of Germany’s best loved comics artists. He has won the ICOM award for best independent comic on 4 different occasions. Part of the influential Berlin collective Monogatari, he has carved out a reputation as one of Europe’s most natural and lively cartoonists and can be regularly found appearing and teaching at comic festivals around the continent. His books have been translated into English, French, Spanish, Polish and Czech. He lives in Berlin.

Mat Tait was born in Christchurch. A lifelong love of drawing led him eventually to attend the Ilam School of Fine Arts at Canterbury University from which he emerged in 1992 with a BFA in Painting. After that he did a lot of moving around; living in the States and the UK amongst other places. He painted, drew comix and did a variety of pay-the-bills-type jobs including fish factory hand, bike courier, landscape gardener and apple-picker. More recently he seems to have settled in Motueka, a small town in rural New Zealand where he has plenty of time to pursue his artistic goals.

Dr Tim Bollinger has been drawing and publishing his own comics from his home town of Wellington since the early 1980s. His work ranges from 40-page ‘funny animal’ and political parables to shorter satirical and autobiographical pieces, many set in a fictionalised urban landscape based on the geography of his home city. Tim's comics include Stories Strange But Nonetheless True, Absolute Heroes, Attitude Problem, Dr. Tim Bollinger's Big Book of Cartoon Facts and many more.


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