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First Annual Funtime Comics Awards

An introduction to Funtime Comics

Funtime Comics was formed in 1991 by a group of artists and enthusiasts from the University of Canterbury. It has grown to provide a forum for promotion and discussion of comics by writers and artists throughout New Zealand.

The main focus of our group is the publication of our anthology, Funtime Comics Presents. We also hold workshops on a monthly basis.

In addition to our anthology we have also released a number of one off titles including the books Avatar, Only Fools and 'Toonists and the Register of New Zealand Comics (an ongoing listing of business, groups and individuals active in the New Zealand comic scene).

Our comics range in price between NZ$2 and NZ$3 retail, wholesale for 5 copies or more is NZ$1.50 to NZ$2 and we are open to trades. If you want copies or have some comment to make about our work, please feel free to get in contact with us via e-mail ( or snail-mail at: PO Box 1961, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Out Now!

Issue 17 Stryk Erf
Published: April 2002
Cover: by Jason Lennie
Editor: Darren Schroeder


Ask Funtime: What is Love - Various
Frog - Ruth Boyask
A Self-Referent Cartoon - Andrew Kepple
Gunky, Funky, and Bunky - Isaac Freeman
The Quest for Perfection - Tony Scanlan
TV Problem - Wuk Palibrk
Mr Blurt - Bob Gibbons
Raising Kane - Jason Winter
Louey Went to Stay... - Debra Boyask
The Nasal Adventures of Nose Job - Andrew Kepple
The Moon - Ruth Boyask
Body Deconstruction - Debra & Ruth Boyask
Smiles - Lily Boyask
Gentle-Man - Peter Johnstone
They Called Her Diamond Arm Betty - Seth Winn
A Windy Flatcity Street... - Jared Lane
Glop - Isaac Freeman
Bad Boys - Murray Crosbee
NZ Comic Register
Fearless Fred - Tony Robinson
Sleepy Head - Isaac Freeman
Can't Think of a Title for it. - Anon
Paul and His Magic Pimp Coat - Saul Blackwell
Slice of Heaven - Matt Powell and Brendon Bennetts
The "Funtime Comics" Project - Various
Epitaphs - Larry Green

It’s Official – The Results of the 1st ever annual Funtime Comics Awards

1. Funniest Joke told at a comics related event 1st equal Rude interrupting cow Moon. Not many people got it, but it was very funny (apparently).

2. Best/Worst pun made at a comics related event All of Darren Schroeder’s

3. Best girls in the NZ comic scene 1st equal Moira Clunie The amazing Boyask sisters

4. Best Maker of Cups of Tea at a Comics Event Martin Seaward

5. Most friendly person who makes comics 1st equal James James Bob Gibbons

6. Most organised person involved in comics Moira Clunie (

7. Most organised comics community Funtime Comics (closely followed by The Wednesday...No, Thurs...No, the Monday Monthly BRD Auckland meeting)

8. Most promising new comer to comics Lily Boyask

9. Best biscuits to eat when making comics Animal Biscuts!!!

10. Best taste in music at a comics event 1st equal Matt Powell Debra Boyask

11. Most number of recruits to a NZ comics community Ten in one day. To the briefly-operational Burnside High School Comics Club.

12. Comic-book sound effect of the year (Krash! Bzam! Spluntch!)

'tippity tippity tippity' "The Sound of Muzac" Jared Lane

13. Most improved hairstyle of a comics creator Andrewkepple

14. Most imaginative use of an elf. Debra Boyask or whoever made the Soft Porn Elf Underwear.

15. Person who makes the widest margins. Matt Powell "Pleasant Companions" (Decennium)

16. Best guest appearance by toy boy/toy girl at a comics related event That guy who I called Micheal but that wasn't really is name.

17. Most animal biscuts consumed in one comics related event. 1 box

18. Most tries scored by a creator on the day of a comics related event. Tony Scanlan

19. Guy whose name most begins with the letter I. 1st equal Invisible Guy Isaac Freeman

20. The Funtimes Extreme Award for best contribution to community singing. Isaac Freeman and Darren Schroeder (Dish Washing Songs)

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