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The Dharma Punks Spectacular work from a New Zealand creator Ant Sang collecting an 8 issue series from 2001 2003 If all New Zealand comics creators are as good as Ant Sang and Dylan Horrocks I need to move to New Zealand This gripping graphic novel follows a group of New Zealand punks as they grapple with identity loss idealism and the temptations of violence The style is raw the feelings are vivid— Christine Rofrom The Best Books We Read In June 2017 A hip metaphysical exploration of life love friendship punk rock blowing things up and the art of meditationIt's Auckland New Zealand October 1994 And a group of anarchist punks have hatched a plan to sabotage the opening of a multinational fastfood restaurant Bobo's by blowing the building sky high come opening time Chopstick has been given the unenviable task of setting the bomb in the restaurant the night before the opening but when he is separated from his accomplice Tracy the night takes an unexpected turnAs they search the city streets for each other in the hope of making their rendezvous on time a series of fateful meetings and events from their past conspire against them forcing the friends to deal with than just the mission at handAs the story unfolds it becomes clear that there is at stake here than was first realised and that the outcome of the night's events will change all of their lives in ways they never could have imaginedThe Dharma Punks is a 384 page eight part comic which has received rave reviews and won the Eric Awards 2003 Best Serialised Comic and the Eric Awards 2004 The Gotham Comics Staedtler NZ Award for Best Comic This has to be one of my favorite books of the year so far Andy Brown the publisher of Conundrum told me that they were describing this as New Zealand Love's answer to Love Rockets I had thought of that as I was reading the book originally but now it makes perfect sense to me And it isn't just the punk connection This is a complex and sophisticated story with Sang manipulating narrative time in fascinating ways I must reread this again so as to further appreciate it in time for our discussion of it on the upcoming episode of the podcast This is the story of Chopstick a young asian punk in Auckland NZ in the eighties It follows a dramatic night on the streets with punks skinheads goths and direct action activists The art is beautiful inky and poignant Sometimes the women look too old cos of the style and sometimes the characters look too alike The movement and scenery and clothing is really well done though I thought the characters were lacking none of them were really fleshed out and most of them weren't very likeable The storyline was flimsy too tried to fit in too much and ended up not doing any of it very well I did enjoy it though partly just from excitement of seeing a NZ based comic 35 StarsI could relate to this as it concentrates on a music scene which I was very much into at the exact time this was set even if I did experience it on the other side of the world This has echoes of “Romper Stomper” and Craig Marriner’s “Stonedogs” There are also elements of many other coming of age graphic depictions from the likes of Charles Burns Daniel Clowes etc but this has a doom laden edge which hovers over the action like a morose cloudThe art work is dark and gritty which goes along with the mood of the narrative A big problem with the drawing is that three of the characters in here look almost identical which is a real pain and leads to avoidable confusion The story is compelling but also a little messy at times Buddhism can often be used as a lazy substitute for signifying profound and enlightened and there is a bit of that going on here too often the characters seemed too one dimensional and not properly developedBut this also has a lot going for it too Sang nails the angst of being that age and he captures the authenticity of the music scene which adds balance and substance He also touches on all the melodrama peer pressure and struggle for identity which most people encounter during their late teens and early twenties and overall this is an enjoyable read I really loved this and can see why it was so popular the story is wild and fun and the philosophical discussions were really cool and interesting I just wish the characters were easier to distinguish the brush and ink style made for beautiful artworks but I think also contributed to all of the characters having v similar faces as well as all being punks so dressed v alike and it made it hard to follow the story sometimes esp in the flashbacks Overall tho it was pretty fucking cool and v beautiful Intense emotional and surprisingly deep The story shows many familiar Auckland locations A weird mix of Anarchy rebellion sensitivity and buddhism All of them topics that are top of my mind recently Fit my mindset like a gloveGreat expressionist graphic novel with lots of heart and depth to it The art is marvellous; the only thing better is the narrative And it's weird because for a story about anarchist terrorists blowing up a multi national fast food restaurant chain while pursued by murderous skinheads it's a small uiet domestic narrative about mate ship and the meaning of life and making families you choose yourself Although it would technically fail the Bechdel test the female characters are wonderful vivid and unsexualized bold and strong afraid and uncertain just like they're people And they utterly resonate with me as representing what New Zealand women are actually likeBut the thing that's extra special is this is my city and that sense of familiarity brings me exceeding joy I said in another review that the thing about growing up in New Zealand is you soon learn that everywhere real is somewhere else Sang makes Auckland real too A great story representative of New Zealand where it was written You can feel a connection with the characters as though they are real people