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Women in Aoteroa New Zealand make comics. They make slick professional comics and homemade crafty ones. some are conventionally attractive and some are beautifully ugly. Some have logical linear narratives and some are cerebral visual leaping swirls. There are big proud comics and small humble ones, widely distributed comics and one-offs, comics that are deep and meaningfu Women in Aoteroa New Zealand make comics. They make slick professional comics and homemade crafty ones. some are conventionally attractive and some are beautifully ugly. Some have logical linear narratives and some are cerebral visual leaping swirls. There are big proud comics and small humble ones, widely distributed comics and one-offs, comics that are deep and meaningful and some that are light and silly. There are physical, emotional and intellectual comics, intentional and accidental comics, happy, sad, funny, angry, scary, confusing and wondrous comics. For some it may be a surprise to find so many comics by women cartoonists, since conventional wisdom would have us believe that the comics scene is a boys’ club. But it’s not a surprise to us. Although women’s comics haven’t been represented much in New Zealand history books, they have been found in zines and magazines, tumblrs, twitter feeds, shoe boxes, art galleries, painted on old tea trays and brochures, magneted to fridges, tattooed on forearms. And now they’re also here. In this book. A whole bunch of them, up front, visible, available and MAKING HISTORY.


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Women in Aoteroa New Zealand make comics. They make slick professional comics and homemade crafty ones. some are conventionally attractive and some are beautifully ugly. Some have logical linear narratives and some are cerebral visual leaping swirls. There are big proud comics and small humble ones, widely distributed comics and one-offs, comics that are deep and meaningfu Women in Aoteroa New Zealand make comics. They make slick professional comics and homemade crafty ones. some are conventionally attractive and some are beautifully ugly. Some have logical linear narratives and some are cerebral visual leaping swirls. There are big proud comics and small humble ones, widely distributed comics and one-offs, comics that are deep and meaningful and some that are light and silly. There are physical, emotional and intellectual comics, intentional and accidental comics, happy, sad, funny, angry, scary, confusing and wondrous comics. For some it may be a surprise to find so many comics by women cartoonists, since conventional wisdom would have us believe that the comics scene is a boys’ club. But it’s not a surprise to us. Although women’s comics haven’t been represented much in New Zealand history books, they have been found in zines and magazines, tumblrs, twitter feeds, shoe boxes, art galleries, painted on old tea trays and brochures, magneted to fridges, tattooed on forearms. And now they’re also here. In this book. A whole bunch of them, up front, visible, available and MAKING HISTORY.

30 review for Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women's Comics

  1. 4 out of 5

    Renee Jones

    I am somewhat biased as I have some pages in this book, but it is an oustanding and beautifully printed treasure trove of New Zealand women cartoonist's work. Each artist showcases a new piece, plus some highlights of their previous work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Joseph Ernest

    A cool collection

  3. 4 out of 5

    Keen

    “Karen had an infuriating air of confidence which her friends attributed to her three inch crotch gap.” This is a really great idea, a book which gives a platform to a relatively niche subject. We certainly get a broad range of talent in here, from people who draw like they have never picked up a pencil before to highly accomplished artists who have conjured up some fresh and creative approaches to the form. “Dear Lord, Why do you let stupid, evil people control EVERYTHING?!” There appears to be a “Karen had an infuriating air of confidence which her friends attributed to her three inch crotch gap.” This is a really great idea, a book which gives a platform to a relatively niche subject. We certainly get a broad range of talent in here, from people who draw like they have never picked up a pencil before to highly accomplished artists who have conjured up some fresh and creative approaches to the form. “Dear Lord, Why do you let stupid, evil people control EVERYTHING?!” There appears to be an undeclared contest to see who can produce the most irritating and cringe worthy biography and in terms of contenders, we are spoiled for choice. Seemingly every permutation of quirky, alternative and cute is exhausted which soon gets old. Some of my favourites from this were from Anna Crichton, Rosemary McLeod and Sharon Murdoch whose work teems with real quality. So it is encouraging to see that there are so many women working in the graphic genre within NZ and its many sub-genres, and it looks like there will be plenty of talent on the horizon for fans to enjoy for many years to come.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rida Rehman

    I picked this book up because I saw my friend Mengzhu's comic in there! The book was surprising for me because I didn't know there were that many NZ women cartoonists. It's a good coffee table kind of a book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A collection with lots of contributors and an interesting conceit. The quality of the contributions varies widely, with some odd inclusions. Useful front and back matter that provides good context.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Weregoth

    this is so lovely

  7. 4 out of 5

    Emily W

    It's a wonderful premise - form a collection of New Zealand women's comics to promote and support women in a field where they are underrepresented. There was a good mix of comics and cartoons in here. Not all of them were my cup of tea, but that's to be expected.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Darren

    Great collection of New Zealand comics

  9. 5 out of 5

    Discoverylover

    I won't admit to having read all the comics in this book, but I loved what I read! I'll definitely be buying several copies of this for people for gifts :D

  10. 4 out of 5

    Kelsey Thomson

    Wonderful & inspiring. Women of Aotearoa are marvelous. Wonderful & inspiring. Women of Aotearoa are marvelous.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

  12. 4 out of 5

    Mat Tait

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chantel Rich

  14. 5 out of 5

    Keegan Allen

  15. 4 out of 5

    Dana

  16. 4 out of 5

    Crawford

  17. 4 out of 5

    Harriet

  18. 4 out of 5

    JSQ

  19. 4 out of 5

    Feby Idrus

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emma Black

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Cheeseman

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ro Weena

  24. 5 out of 5

    Josh Preston

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emanuel Sanabria

  26. 5 out of 5

    Ash

  27. 5 out of 5

    Adele

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jay Eales

  29. 5 out of 5

    Erin

  30. 4 out of 5

    Safia

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