Thursday, 8 April 2010

The Winners Are...

Congratulations to the winners of the 2010 Black River Digital Eric Awards!

Best Comic:
Love Stories by Mat Tait

Best Strip:
Western Park by Tim Kidd

Best Anthology:
Radio as Paper by Jerome Bihan

Best Webcomic:
Drawing Silence by Draw
How to Understand Everything and Not Hate Yourself by Meredith Van Halen

Best Art:
Utopia Now by Margaret Silverwood

Best Writing:
The Inhabitants writen by Kelly Sheehan

Best Debut
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock

Best Short Piece:
Under the Bed (single issue) by Tim Molloy

Best Comics Related Website:
From Earth's End by Adrian Kinnaird

Best Distribution:
NZCC-New Zealand Comics Creators (Isaac Freeman, Claire Harris, et al.)

Sunday, 4 April 2010

It ain't over yet!

The glitz and glam and celebrity guests of the Erics may be over, but Comics Weekend is still rockin' on!

The doors are open today from 10am to 5pm. The NZCC stall is still selling NZ comics including many of last night's award winning comics.

There are two talks scheduled for this afternoon starting at 2pm. First up is Travis Lealand-Maplesden on the translation of bande dessinée, followed by Dick Whyte on conceptual comics and a discussion with Draw, creator of the Eric award winning Web comic Drawing Silence

Claire Harris

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Media Hype for Comics Weekend

A comical look at life
By Penelope Scott from the local paper - The Wellingtonian
And linky goodness!
From Earth's End
Comics Weekend Profile

Over at Dylan Horrock's site Hicksville Comics the Wellington book launch of the long awaited New Zealand Printing of Hicksville.

Plus a long interview with Dylan on the stuff website: Comic genius returns home

Friday, 26 March 2010


THE NEW ZEALAND INDEPENDENT COMICS FESTIVAL will run from the evening of Friday 2nd April to the evening of Sunday April 4th, at The Basement Gallery, 39 Dixon Street, Wellington.

It'll open on Friday night, at 5:30, and will be open from 10am on both weekend days. There'll be sales, there'll be chats. There'll be an exhibition... in fact, there'll be two!!!

The events we've scheduled so far are as follows:

2nd April, 5:30pm: Opening Night
Drinks, nibbles, opening talk, relaxed hijinks.

Which really is an opening FOR...
Two Exhibitions curated by Dr. Tim Bollinger, running 2nd -4th April.
Two exhibitions, NZ Comix in 70’s and The Work of H.W. Bennett, will be launched on Friday night and on display throughout the weekend. Dr. Tim Bollinger is a Comics Historian of some repute who has previously curated several comics focused exhibitions. He is a regular contributor to White Fungus magazine

3rd April, 5:30pm: Wellington Launch of Victoria University Press edition of Hicksville, by Dylan Horrocks
Hicksville is arguably New Zealand’s best know graphic novel, and the VUP edition is the first edition of the novel to be published in New Zealand. It has been translated into several languages, and its author, Dylan Horrocks, has been a guest of several comics and literary events, including the Les Belles Etrangères festival in Paris.

3rd April, 7:30pm: The Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards
A celebration of excellence in New Zealand’s independent publishing community, hosted by Fringe Festival comedian Nic Sando and also (we hope) featuring an interview with Burton Silver of Bogor fame.

Events confirmed but yet to be scheduled include: bande-dessinee with Travis Lealand-Mapelsden, Abstract comics with Dick Whyte, and engaging kids comics activities with G.C.R.

Hope to see you there! For more info, contact us at nzcomicsweekend(at)gmail(dot)com.

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Comics Weekend Sales Update

The NZCC (New Zealand Comics Creators) will be hosting sales at both Comics Weekend and Wellington Armageddon.

We will have close to our full range on offer at both venues, including the new edition of Dylan Horrocks' 'Hicksville', 'The Imposter' by Lee-Yan Marquez and a (near) new issue of my own 'Chicks With Knives'.

In addition, selected copies of Bryce Galloway's zine 'Incredibly Hot Sex With Hideous People' and some international comics TPBs will be available at Comics Weekend only.

If you have any comics or zines that you'd like to offer for sale at Comics Weekend please email
nzcomicsweekend (at)

Claire Harris

Sunday, 7 March 2010


The following is the list of nominees in the 2010 Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards ("The Erics"). The Erics recognize excellence in the New Zealand comics community, and the following nominees are all deserving of accolades!

Best Comic
The Inhabitants by The Sheehan Bros
The Tangled Garden by Draw
Love Stories by Mat Tait
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
Book by Hayden Currie, James Rowsell and Matt Henley

Best Strip
Western Park by Tim Kidd,
Thumbscrew Theatre by Brent Willis, Salient 2007
Tim Bollinger's recurring series in White Fungus magazine
Jitterati by Grant Buist,
Desert Funnies by Grant Buist,

Best Anthology
Bristle (ed. Brent Willis)
Radio as Paper (ed. Jerome Bihan)
Pictozine II (ed. Dave Bradbury)
Book (eds. Hayden Currie, James Rowsell, Matt Henley)

Best Webcomic
I Fight Crime, by Tara Black and Richard Fairgray,
Tiny Kitten Teeth, by Frank and Becky,
Drawing Silence, by Draw,
Guzumzo Comics, by M. Emery,
How to Understand Everything and not hate yourself,

Best art
The Inhabitants, art by Darren Sheenan
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
Chicks with Knives by Claire Harris
Utopia Now Vol.1 by Margaret Silverwood
Love Stories by Mat Tait

Best Writing
Passion of the Gimps by Clive Townsend & Brent Willis
The Inhabitants writing by Kelly Sheenan
Omnisexual by Robbie Neilson
The Garden by Draw

Best Debut
Book by Hayden Currie, James Rowsell and Matt Henley
Hotpools by Ned Wenlock
G33K by Renee Lyons
Skate Rat by Theo MacDonald
Girls can Really Fuck You in the Head by Elliot Stewart

Best short piece
Under the Bed by Tim Molloy (Single issue)
The Adventures of Happy Satan by Ari Freeman (Bristle #2)
Super Camel by Claire Harris (Bristle #1)
Commuters by Brent Willis (Bristle #1)

Categories Best Comics Related Website and Best Distribution will be decided based on popular vote.


The Erics ceremony will be held on Saturday 3rd April at 7:30pm, hosted by Nic Sando. The evening will feature a interview with NZ cartoonist Burton Silver, of 'Bogor' fame.

This year, judging responsibilities will be shared between Roberta Gregory, (American author of ‘Bitchy Bitch’,) Andrei Molotiu,( editor and publisher at Fantagraphic Comics,) New Zealand Writer Elizabeth Knox, Ant Sang, (of ‘Dharma Punks’ and ‘Bro’ Town’,) Cornelius Stone, (probably best known for ‘Knuckles the Malevolent Nun’,) Claire Brunette, (one of the co-ordinators of the Wellington City Library Small Press collection,) Australian cartoonist and organiser David Blumenstein, and New Zealand’s pre-eminent comics historian, Tim Bollinger.

Friday, 12 February 2010

Comics Weekend is GO FOR LAUNCH in 2010

Hi, Comics Fans!

This years New Zealand Independent Comics Festival, Comics Weekend, will be taking place over Easter Weekend (2-4 April) in 2010 at The Basement gallery, on Dixon Street, Wellington. While we're still dreaming up some of the things that will be taking place, we are thrilled to announce that the 2010 Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards will be held on the evening of Saturday 3rd, and that sales will be taking place throughout the weekend. We have also confirmed two exhibitions of New Zealand Comics History curated by Dr. Tim Bollinger.

Not coincidentally, Wellington Comics Weekend is held over same weekend as the annual Armageddon Expo. We've organized it this way for a few reasons - so that artists who travel for Armageddon may put their bags down at Comics Weekend and not have to carry them around when they attend Armageddon, so that artists all have something fun to do in the evenings while they're in town, and also so that we at Comics Weekend can devote our energies to display and sale of the kinds of comics wares that aren't traditionally big sellers at Armageddon. Sales at Comics Weekend will be coordinated through the NZCC, the same group that manages distribution of New Zealand comics at Armageddon, so if you choose, you may sell your works at both events, wherever you decide to spend your time, with very little extra effort.

But these are all secondary concerns... the main reason we organise things the way we is the desire to turn Wellington, for one weekend of the year, in to a CITYWIDE COMICS EXPLOSION! Join us!

If you'd like to sell comics, help set up, or just know more about this year's happenings, including being NZCC sales at Armageddon Expo, please contact us at ericawards(at)

Saturday, 23 January 2010

Comics Weekend is go for launch!

Comics Fans, rejoice! The New Zealand Independent Comics Festival will be rocking Wellington this April, 2010, and will feature the long awaited return of the Black River Digital New Zealand Comics Awards (the 'Erics'.)

Much of the festival is still TBC, but we can confirm it's to be held at the 'Basement' gallery on Dixon Street... and that it will be AWESOME.

Meanwhile, voting towards the shortlist for the Eric Awards is STILL OPEN to members of the BRD group. Polls close on 30th January, so GET VOTING!! Email your nominations to

The categories are:

Categories are:
Best Comic

Best Anthology

Best Short Piece (can be single issue or piece in anthology)

Best Strip

Best Web-Comic

Best Debut

Best Art

Best Writing

Best Comics Related Website

Best Distribution

You can vote for any independent New Zealand comics (or comics related thingie, depending on category) produced between May 2006 and December 2009. That address again is