Manukau Courier : February 17th 2011
3 MANUKAU COURIER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 NEWS 3310761AI *Security Required Normal Lending Criteria Apply To nd out the options available to you call us today. SAVE TIME! GET YOUR MONEY FASTER! Contact our experienced and friendly team! See us for: PERSONAL LOANS MORTGAGES INSURANCES 0800889888/2638518 VISIT US AT 22 Cavendish Drive, Manukau City OR ONLINE AT www.SPLNZ.co.nz NEED MONEY NOW? SEE SOUTH PACIFIC LOANS FIRST Preschool 66 Everglade Drive & Babies 2 Kerianne Place Manukau Call 263 6070 or 263 6074 to find out more. First Steps Everglade Open Day Saturday Feb 19th, 10am to 12pm Come along & enjoy for free ✔ Facepainting ✔ Fun activities for children ✔ BBQ & Refreshments ✔ Spot prizes on the day Kidicorp for happy, confident learners SPECIAL OFFERS ON THE DAY! FIND OUT MORE *Conditions apply Collectors Volunteers are urgently needed to help with the Red Puppy Appeal in April. The appeal runs from April 1 to 3 and helps raise funds for the Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind s Guide Dog Services. Guide dogs give hun- dreds of blind and par- tially sighted New Zea- landers the means and confidence of getting around independently and safely, foundation chief executive Sandra Budd says. Call 0800-120-254 or go to www.redpuppy. org.nz to volunteer as a collector. At the heart of comic art Comic relief: Devin Hale, Ashleigh Hea, Michelle Bai, Katreena Carlyon and Kay See Yan from Alfriston College are part of a team that created an anthology of comic book stories. Photo: HINERANGI VAIMOSO By HINERANGI VAIMOSO THEY aren t exactly the kind of books Michelle Bai s parents would like to see her get stuck into but the world of comic art is where the teen- ager s heart lies. The year 11 Alfriston Col- lege student is one of 13 teens who have spent nearly three years compiling Fresh, an an- thology of comics. Its 57 pages showcase 18 comics created by artists of every age within the school. And there s been an abun- dance of talented artists at the college eager to showcase their work, deputy principal Steve Saville says. This wasn t just about drawing. This was about coming up with a good storyline and working along- side the publishers to get their work published -- which they ve done extremely well. Mr Saville says while superhero comics are very popular, none of his students have taken that line. Instead they ve gone for a Japanese style drawn from anime and manga. It features exaggerated physical characteristics like large eyes, big hair and elongated limbs. Dramatically shaped spe- ech bubbles are common along with speed lines and in- your-face typography. Keep- ing the storyline simple but meaningful was a challenge, he says. Some students used song verses to give the storyline depth. Michelle agrees that super- heroes are a bit overrated . But I do like their outfits, she says with a laugh. Michelle is now now work- ing with a group of graphic artists outside of school. She finds it interesting to see how the students comic art has developed over the three years. It s almost immediately out-of-date, she says, flicking through the anthology. Once you get older you start realising your proportions need to be better. Everything can be imp- roved, even the looks of the shoulders. I always feel I have to do better so you can definitely see a big leap from year 10 until now. She says the artistic com- munity can be harsh. If your work s not good enough, you will get slammed. Although it s unlikely to be her fulltime career after leav- ing school, bringing char- acters to life on the page is likely to remain a passion for Michelle and the other bud- ding artists at the school. The anthology is available now from Alfriston College. Giant sundae a job specially for kids Kids are needed to help make -- and eat -- a giant icecream sundae. Nathan Homestead is cre- ating the 30-metre icecream sundae as part of an arts fes- tival to celebrate Children s Day 2011. There s 100 litres of icecream and kids are invited to join in the fun. They have to register at Nathan Homestead reception for $2 if they want to help make the sundae -- but they ll have to be quick because places are limited. If kids just want to help eat the giant sundae, they ll need to give a gold coin donation on the day. All proceeds from the event are going to Starship hospital. Other festival activities include face painting, balloons, a magician, bouncy castle and art workshops. The Children s Art Festival is on March 5, 10am to 2pm at Nathan Homestead, 70 Hill Rd, Manurewa. Icecream sundae-making starts at 1pm. Phone 267-0180 for more details. Pacific performers line up for fringe festival shows A live pig will be popping up in a Pacific arts festival event next week. The courtyard at Mangere Arts Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku will host Pigs in the Yard during Pacific Fringe, part of the upcoming Auck- land Fringe Festival. The performance by Kal- isolaite Uhila addresses the impact of colonisation on the lives of Pacific people. One of the highlights is Pacific Punch!, a live variety evening full of dance, poetry, song and theatre. The Pacific Fringe line-up includes Alice Armitt, Col- lab, Agnes Hallberg, the South Auckland Poets Col- lective, The Strolling Players, Ura Tabu Pacific Dance and Anita Wigl it. There s also LIMA Dance Productions Mixed Nuts, a variety of performances with Vogue, Sai e, The Dusky Maidens, The Monkeys, DUO and Take That. Show dates and times: Mixed NUTS: February 24 and 25, 12pm, 1.30pm and 7pm, February 26 at noon. Tickets: $10 adult, $5 concession from reception. Pigs in the Yard: Febru- ary 26, 10am to 4pm. Koha . Pacific Punch!: Febru- ary 26, 7pm to 8.15pm. Tickets: $5 adult, $2 chil- dren under 12 from recep- tion. Pacific Fringe is on at the Mangere Arts Centre -- Nga Tohu o Uenuku from February 24-27. Phone 262-5789 or email mangereartscentre@ aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for tickets and more information. Go to www.manukau courier.co.nz to see a video about Alfriston College's comic an- thology.
February 15th 2011
February 18th 2011