About alex

British cartoonist and writer, living in the Basque Country, but based in New Zealand.

New Zealand is (Slightly) More Dangerous Than You Might Think

Since we have been back in Lyttleton, we’ve had a few small tremors (3-ish on the Richter scale) and a larger jolt (4-ish) and I’m glad our house is timber and that the chimneys were taken down after the two big Christchurch earthquakes in 2010 and 2011. We live on a hill and there are some large rocks above us, but there are also large trees and buildings in between us and those rocks, so having those rocks come tumbling down in an earthquake is less of a worry than in some other places. A 7.8 earthquake in Kaikoura in 2016 caused massive landslips that closed Highway 1 (Yes the major road connecting New Zealand’s north to its south) for over a year, so being protected from slips and rockfalls is a something you have to consider.

Unity Day: Time to Stand Up to Bullying

stand up to bullying with arctic circle comic drawn by Alex Hallatt and distributed by King Features Syndicate

As a King Feature cartoonist, I was asked to draw a strip for Unity Day. It was something I was happy to do, particularly as I was bullied as a child. That was one of the reasons I wrote FAB (Friends Against Bullying) Club.

Bullying is unacceptable, whether it is in school, in the workplace, or in the world in general (and we all know some very high profile people who bully). 

This Little Corner of New Zealand is Being Taken Over by Cones

arctic circle conesMuch of my writing is informed by what is happening in the news regarding the environment, but sometimes my own life seeps into the comic. This is clearly what happened with this strip, as we are SURROUNDED BY CONES. Over seven years after the big earthquake in Christchurch, there are a lot of works and an unhealthy obsession with health and safety.