I’m having a social day, and thought it was time to do another post about something fresh and creative happening in the comics/graphic novel scene here in Wellington.

This is what an Ellipsis looks like...

This is what an Ellipsis looks like...

Kieran Clarkin is the inventive genius behind this little mag, a graphic novel of sorts starring a Gecko Detective, named Arthur Deco. (yeah, it’s gonna be Art Deco for shure, sometime along, ain’t it?) He’s got Daniel Scudder and David Randall Peters doing the inks and colours, which sets him apart from the usual run of zinesters and comix producers in Wellington, as most of them are DIY compulsives who don’t let anyone else touch their babies. And it’s all done under a creative commons license.

The other thing that sets Clarkin apart is his plan to issue one a month, so Issue One’s launch at Red Tomatoes, just a hop & a skip from VUW Kelburn Campus, started this ambitious program off in the style to which it obviously intends to become accustomed. A who’s who of the ‘young artsy-writing crowd’ people were there, heavy on the ex-Salient, VBC, and music/theatre & film school networks. There was talk of the next issue release being combined with a performance by the band Clarkin has been playing in at Happy Bar, as a way of keeping interest up. Multi-talented, then.

The project has taken two years to get to fruition, during which time Clarkin worked on the writing, and realised he “can’t draw a bath”; nonetheless, he has produced issue one, has drawing talent lined up for issue two, and is on the scout for more artists. He aims to publish six issues in the current run.

As is usual these days, the magazine has it’s own Facebook page, fans, and events notices, so if you want to see where it’s going, have a look here Ellipsis on FB

Physical copies of the magazine are being stocked at Graphic in Cuba Mall, and Space Thing in Newtown, as well as comic shops in other centres.

In response to the actions of the Israeli Defense Forces in bombarding the Gaza strip, there was a protest this afternoon which gathered outside MFAT in Lambton Quay at midday.
A letter was presented to a representative of the Ministry, to be given to Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully, demanding that NZ expressed a position on the actions of the Israeli Government.

Presenting WPG's letter to MFAT officials.

Presenting WPG's letter to MFAT officials.


[full text of the letter can be read here WPG’s blog ]

After presenting the letter, the assembled protesters marched along Lambton Quay, Willis Street and Mercer St to Civic Square, converging on the plaque in Harris St adjacent to the Public Library commemorating Yitzhak Rabin, former Prime Minister of Israel.

Lead banner of protest

Lead banner of protest


There Don Carson spoke about the effects of separatist policy on the Palestinian peoples in Israel, and red paint was symbolically sprinkled on the memorial in lieu of blood.
Rabin memorial being daubed with red paint.

Rabin memorial being daubed with red paint.


Approximately 500 people attended this march.
Speakers included members of the Wellington Palestine Group, Green MP Keith Locke, and entertainer Te Kupu, aka Dean Hapeta, one half of the Upper Hutt Posse.

Update
The Herald notes that Hon Mr McCully has developed a position here.
And here’s Guy Body’s contribution to the discussion.

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