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Graphic Inventions - Harcourts Hawkes Bay Arts Festival


Tue 11 Oct 2016, 5:30pm–6:30pm

Where: The Famous Spiegeltent, Havelock North Domain, Havelock North, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: $15.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: racheljty

Graphic novels and comics have evolved as a serious literary form - subversive but somehow optimistic. If you’re thinking action heroes, think again.

Graphic illustrators Dylan Horrocks and Sarah Laing discuss this powerful and wide-reaching way to communicate in the age of images and explore the pleasures, dangers and moral consequences of fantasy.

Sarah Laing was born in Champaign-Urbana in 1973 to New Zealand parents and grew up in Palmerston North. The winner of the 2006 Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition, she went on to publish a collection of stories and two novels, most recently The Fall of Light.

She was awarded fellowships at the Michael King Writers Centre, the Sargeson Centre and the University of Auckland. Also a graphic designer and illustrator, she’s contributed comics to magazines, illustrated children’s books, and co-edited Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa-NZ Women’s Comics. She lives in Wellington with her family. You can follow her blog:, or her Twitter and Instagram: @sarahelaing

Dylan Horrocks was born in 1966 in Auckland, New Zealand and currently lives by the sea near Auckland with his wife and two sons. He is the author of the modern classic Hicksville, Sam Zabel, and the Magic Pen, and has written for DC Comics and Vertigo, including 25 issues of Hunter: the Age of Magic, 19 issues of Batgirl and 3 issues of Legends of the Dark Knight.

Dylan's comics won an Eisner Award in 2002 (Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition) and have been nominated for a number of Ignatz Awards, Harvey Awards and Prix d'Alph'Art (including Best Album and the Critics' Prize). He has drawn strips for magazines and books internationally, produced comics, and draws political cartoons for the NZ Political Review and other magazines.

He has also written about comics for magazines in New Zealand and America and has taught cartooning and comics history courses. He regularly lectures on comics to university, polytech and graphics students. He is a Contributing Editor of the International Journal of Comic Art and was for several years a regular columnist for Pavement magazine.

In 1998 he assembled an exhibition of New Zealand comics called Nga Pakiwaituhi o Aotearoa: New Zealand Comics, which showed at the Small Press Expo/International Comics and Animation Festival in USA. He also edited and published the show's catalogue, which was nominated for a Goodie Award for Best Publication about Comics.

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