Back in New Zealand

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I arrived back in New Zealand this month.

I’m up against my deadlines again for Arctic Circle (the strip below was a recent favourite),
cartoon about the internet going downand I started running the new cartoons for my Doodle Diary on GoComics.com. Which means more deadlines. As well as Reasons to Be Cheerful, I’m documenting some of my life here in Lyttelton with a New Zealand Diary. New Zealand flax Being away for so long has given me a newcomer’s perspective again, so it is an opportunity to illustrate the things that are different to life in Europe. There is a lot I remember from being here before, people who are still here and the natural wonders that attracted me in the first place. But things have changed in the country as a whole and with Lyttelton in particular. It and the rest of Christchurch are still recovering from the earthquake that struck in 2011.
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OMG: Arctic Circle Has Been in Syndication For Ten Years

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Arctic Circle was picked up by King Features in 2006 and there followed a long period of development (where I sent off strips to my editor, Brendan Burford and he told me everything that was wrong with them). It launched in newspapers on August 27th, 2007. Here is the first week (I didn’t do the colouring back then, so the files I have are black and white):
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Walking From Paignton to Brixham in Devon

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Since we are in a place that has a train station, during our month in Totnes, I thought I’d make the most of good old British Rail (now Network Rail) and visit Paignton, down the tracks. Paignton isn’t that pretty. I wonder whether, like much of the south coast, it had the  bejeesus bombed out of it in the war. So I walked the fabulous footpath to Brixham, a couple of hours down the coast. It was a chance to recharge the creative batteries and come up with a few ideas for Arctic Circle.
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