Peter Cook recalls the World War One experiences of his father, New Zealand cartoonist, Noel Cook. Cook also served in World War Two operating at one point in a camouflage unit in Papua New Guinea. Noel Cook was born in Foxton, Horowhenua, New Zealand on the 25th September in1896. Cook’s mother was Australian and his father William Thompson Te Rauparaha Cook, a compositor-journalist, in Foxton and later Masterton. Cook’s father established the Taumarunui Pressenabling Cook a large supply of drawing paper as a child. After a brief time employed as a clerk Cook lied about his age to get enlisted and fought in the Great War.
Illustrations and cartoons by Leonard Cornwall Mitchell (1901-1971) from the New Zealand Artists’ Annual 1931. Seven NZ Artists’ Annuals were produced between 1926 and 1932 by Editor and contributing journalist Pat Lawlor. Each annual featured a wide selection of New Zealand cartoonists and illustrators from the era including political cartoonists Gordon Minhinnick, David Low and Jack Gilmour as well as early work by future comic artists Harvey Bennett and Ted Brodie Mack. Biographical notes and more art samples by L. C. Mitchell here and here.
David Mahler’s sixty pager Deep Park launches at SPX 2013 in two weeks and in Melbourne at the Silent Army Storeroom towards the end of this month. This is one of the best things Pikitia Press has published ever!
Got the printing proof so I can finally reveal…Deep Park quite quickly went from a 28 page book to a 60 page book :S which is pretty excited, mah first spine! You’ll be able to read the title on the shelf and ignore it!
Launching at SPX, so so excited, and then a Melbourne launch in late September! So soon, ah!!