Cartoonist Dylan Horrocks checks in from Wellington, NZ. We celebrate his country’s success at overcoming the pandemic, but get into the darker lessons he learned during lockdown, and his shame at having to shrink his circle of concern during the depths of it. We get into making & reading comics during This Whole Situation, the grace of NZ’s prime minister and the dry wit of its director-general of health, the joy of getting back to the pub, the way scientist Siouxsie Wiles & cartoonist Toby Morris collaborated to educate NZ about COVID-19, how the BLM protests have translated to his country, the comics projects he’s working on, and plenty more. Give it a listen! And go read Hicksville!
You can listen to all these COVID Check-In episodes at The COVID-19 Sessions.
About our Guest
Dylan Horrocks has written and drawn graphic novels, comic books, comic strips and short stories for publishers around the world. His graphic novel Hicksville has been published in six languages, was nominated for numerous awards, was a Comics Journal Book of the Year, and is #12 in Rolling Stone’s list of the Fifty Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels of all time. His most recent book, Sam Zabel and the Magic Pen (Fantagraphics), has been published in 8 languages and received an Eisner Award nomination for Best New Graphic Album.
He has also written comics for Vertigo (Hunter: the Age of Magic) and DC Comics (Batgirl, Batman: Legends of the Dark Knight). His comic strip Milo’s Week appeared weekly in the New Zealand Listener between 1995 and 1997, and he has contributed political cartoons to the New Zealand Political Review. His work has won an Eisner Award and a Sir Julius Vogel Award. In 2016, he was awarded a New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate. Dylan was born in 1966 and lives in Wellington, New Zealand. He is married to youth health researcher Dr. Terry Fleming and they have two sons, Louis and Abe.
Credits: The conversation was recorded remotely via Zencastr. I used a Heil PR-40 Dynamic Studio Recording Microphone feeding into a Cloudlifter CL-1 and a Mackie Onyx Blackjack 2×2 USB Recording Interface. All processing and editing done in Adobe Audition CC. Photo of Dylan by him. It’s on my instagram.