The death of a original.

The death of a original.

Joined: October 11th, 2014, 3:36 am

March 13th, 2017, 12:47 am #1

I was just looking up a comic that I found in book form way back in the 1990's. Footrots Flats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footrot_Flats). I was taken at how well it portrays the humorous side of farm life. Even as far away as New Zealand. I was surprised to see one site say the author had passed away. I had checked Wikipedia which also said he passed away this morning. Double-checking I found this:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment ... d=11816852

Could not find any listing for on-line copies of his old comic. But I can well recommend it.
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Joined: October 28th, 2014, 1:06 am

March 13th, 2017, 3:52 am #2

I have one of the books around here somewhere. Yeah, it was pretty good. AS I recall, it was considered the "Peanuts" of New Zealand. A another web cartoonist even transferred a copy of the video onto NTSC for me.

If I did it right, this address should pull up several examples of the strip. https://www.google.com/search?q=footrot ... =isch&sa=X
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Joined: September 12th, 2014, 5:45 am

March 13th, 2017, 6:05 am #3

I was just looking up a comic that I found in book form way back in the 1990's. Footrots Flats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footrot_Flats). I was taken at how well it portrays the humorous side of farm life. Even as far away as New Zealand. I was surprised to see one site say the author had passed away. I had checked Wikipedia which also said he passed away this morning. Double-checking I found this:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment ... d=11816852

Could not find any listing for on-line copies of his old comic. But I can well recommend it.
His earlier series Bruce The Barbarian was much more political but almost as funny.
Like (I hope) most of us aggressively egalitarian New Zealanders he was astounded and disgusted by much of English society.
My ancestors left for a reason.
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Joined: January 1st, 1970, 12:00 am

March 13th, 2017, 8:16 am #4

I have one of the books around here somewhere. Yeah, it was pretty good. AS I recall, it was considered the "Peanuts" of New Zealand. A another web cartoonist even transferred a copy of the video onto NTSC for me.

If I did it right, this address should pull up several examples of the strip. https://www.google.com/search?q=footrot ... =isch&sa=X
Footrot Flats had, as I recall, a very brief showing in the world of webcomics way back towards the beginning. I suspect I probably saw it around 2001-2002, and I think (memory is fuzzy) that it wasn't being regularly updated at the time.

I suspect- although I have no proof, so this is just a guess- that the author and/or his publisher either put some out on the 'net as advertising, to get readers interested so they'd buy the books, or started posting them online as a sort of proto-webcomic. If the latter, I suppose they realized there was no real way to monetize the comic at the time, and they probably thought the "free" exposure would reduce the value of the remaining work. (Hey, all that was the prevailing mindset back in the day.)

I believe I ran across the same site and strips at least once more, possibly twice, over the years as I'd look around for new comics or follow links from various pages, but I don't think I ever saw it at a time when it was actually fresh or updating. (It may not have ever actually "updated" either- they may have just uploaded a handful of strips and called it good. I don't know.)

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Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

March 13th, 2017, 9:08 am #5

Murray started the 'Wal and Dog' strips in the mid 70's, in a New Zuland daily paper. That more or less killed off his other comics, and he tried the web comic idea, but as you say, without paywalls or patreon it didn't work out as he or his publisher hoped and it more or less died early.

He has published 40 books, (when's number 6 coming out, Doc?) had a film made of his characters, and will be greatly missed by the public and by the other cartoonists around the world; our condolences to his family and friends.
Breakfast.com halted. Cereal port not ready.
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Joined: February 2nd, 2015, 4:36 pm

March 13th, 2017, 5:20 pm #6

His earlier series Bruce The Barbarian was much more political but almost as funny.
Like (I hope) most of us aggressively egalitarian New Zealanders he was astounded and disgusted by much of English society.
My ancestors left for a reason.
The sun never sets on the peoples who kicked out the British Empire. It's a national holiday all over the world.
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Joined: September 22nd, 2014, 11:21 pm

March 13th, 2017, 8:21 pm #7

I was just looking up a comic that I found in book form way back in the 1990's. Footrots Flats https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Footrot_Flats). I was taken at how well it portrays the humorous side of farm life. Even as far away as New Zealand. I was surprised to see one site say the author had passed away. I had checked Wikipedia which also said he passed away this morning. Double-checking I found this:http://www.nzherald.co.nz/entertainment ... d=11816852

Could not find any listing for on-line copies of his old comic. But I can well recommend it.
I've been a fan since my uncle brought back some comics from New Zealand when I was a kid. And when I moved to NZ 10 years ago, I began to understand even more of some of the subtle comments he would make.

I don't think Murray Ball ever made the comics available online anywhere.


But now I need to go and blow a pay cheque on some from the local bookstore.
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Joined: January 28th, 2016, 9:10 am

March 13th, 2017, 8:46 pm #8

Murray started the 'Wal and Dog' strips in the mid 70's, in a New Zuland daily paper. That more or less killed off his other comics, and he tried the web comic idea, but as you say, without paywalls or patreon it didn't work out as he or his publisher hoped and it more or less died early.

He has published 40 books, (when's number 6 coming out, Doc?) had a film made of his characters, and will be greatly missed by the public and by the other cartoonists around the world; our condolences to his family and friends.
On my family first friends we made when we moved to New Zealand when I was 8 collected Murry Ball's Footrot Flats books, so they were my first exposure of Kiwiana. Thoiough latly it been hard to find copies of those books.

I think Dave Dobbyn's "Slice of Heave" would be appropriate herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M0pWejAnLUQ
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Joined: January 11th, 2016, 8:57 pm

March 15th, 2017, 2:03 am #9

I've been a fan since my uncle brought back some comics from New Zealand when I was a kid. And when I moved to NZ 10 years ago, I began to understand even more of some of the subtle comments he would make.

I don't think Murray Ball ever made the comics available online anywhere.


But now I need to go and blow a pay cheque on some from the local bookstore.
Try here.... (174 strips...)

http://www.footrotflats.com/strip-archive?strip=174
Breakfast.com halted. Cereal port not ready.
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