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Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

August 10, 2017
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Three-word story ideas unexpectedly complete

Three Words: An Anthology of Aotearoa/NZ Women’s Comics, edited by Rae Joyce, Sarah Laing & Indira Neville (Beatnik Publishing, RRP $49.99) If you happen to read the mainstream newspapers and magazines in this country (in fact, in most countries) you could be forgiven for thinking there were no women comic writers. Even at first glance...

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Idealised reality a touch ‘homogenised’

January 22, 2015
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Idealised reality a touch ‘homogenised’

Lazy Days: Painting the Kiwi Lifestyle, by Graham Young (New Holland Publishers, RRP $30): English born artist Graham Young has put together a collection of his kiwi lifestyle works which is just fine. Nice. Pleasant. Any of the adjectives you can use to sum up something so inoffensive that doesn’t quite cross into being...

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In Hobbit heaven

December 21, 2014
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In Hobbit heaven

The Hobbit – Desolation of Smaug, Chronicles – Art and Design, by Daniel Falconer (HarperCollins, RRP $60): Weta Workshop extraordinaire, Daniel Falconer, has compiled this third book in The Hobbit Chronicles series and it is simply gorgeous. Beautiful to touch and to hold, it covers a myriad concept arts, design, illustrations, descriptions of set...

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Spectacular NZ

December 1, 2014
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Spectacular NZ

Landscape Paintings of New Zealand: A Journey from North to South, by Christopher Johnstone (Random House, RRP $75): Seven years after first being published, this expanded and revised edition was back in the bookstores just in time for an appearance under last year’s Christmas tree, and this year it’s still a fine option for...

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Artist’s book simply stunning

December 22, 2011
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Artist’s book simply stunning

Grahame Sydney’s Central Otago (Penguin, RRP $95) A stunning collection of photographs of Central Otago from artist Grahame Sydney provides a new perspective on the beautiful and varied landscape of the region. Over the last decade, since shifting to live in the heart Central Otago, Sydney has captured the unique beauty, austerity and seasonal...

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Showcasing Kiwi talent

January 10, 2011
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Showcasing Kiwi talent

New Zealand Gallery, compiled by Denis Robinson (New Holland Publishers, RRP $49.99): Packed with photographs of stunning artwork, New Zealand Gallery is a portfolio of this country’s creativity. However, the book is more than just amazing images: Denis Robinson has included interviews interviews with artists working in a wide range of areas, such as...

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