Jaimee, Debbie and Tony sit in Wellington cafes and talk about topical issues.
Early in 2001, I contacted Wellington’s weekly newspaper City Voice and asked if they’d be interested in running one of my cartoons. Twelve years and 540 episodes later, here we are.
Jaimee quickly settled down as a librarian.
The lawnmower has the logo for Cymbeline, 2001’s Summer Shakespeare production which I happened to be appearing in at the time.
At this stage, I was supplying a cartoon on Monday evening for publication on Thursday, so I was basically producing a diary comic of events which had already taken place. And yes, there was an inexplicable Disney Pooh at the Asian Festival.
The first appearance of Fitz Bunny, who was also appearing in Brunswick at the time. City Voice asked me if I could s-t-r-e-t-c-h the cartoon out to fill the oddly-proportioned space they’d found for me, so I added another panel.
Robbie Williams was something of a test case for the new stadium – of course, $88 now looks like a bargain for an international act. Robin Reynolds was another test case… we’d never had an internationally famous groupie before.
Probably the first and last time Jaimee showed an interest in rugby.
Loop was extremely annoyed about this cartoon – although the magazine was gone, they were still in operation as in indie record label.
This was the heyday of upwardly-thrusting hipsters moving into Wellington’s inner city to wallow in the nightlife, then forcing the nightlife to shut down because their shabbily-manufactured apartments had no noise insulation. 60 decibels was the limit.
A large Noughties cellphone, and the Nu Jazz musician St. Germain. ‘Nuff said.