Comics are no longer restricted to the realm of the geek.
It is partly thanks to movies like The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Watchmen that more and more people are choosing to pick up comics before they see the movies.
But away from all the hype is a budding New Zealand scene.
23-year-old Richard Fairgray has what he calls bung eyes: they shoot off at funny angles.
“I just put the paper ridiculously close to my face, as a result I burn myself under the lamp I draw underneath,” explains Fairgray.
While you might not want him driving your car, you do want him penning your comics.
Fairgray is the man behind Blastasaurus.
“I write it. I draw it. I ink it,” explains Fairgray.
Fairgray’s work ends up in comic stores like Gotham Comics in South Auckland with a manager, Jeremy Bishop, who is passionate about the comic scene of Aotearoa.
While Blastasaurus is its own entity, many writers publish in Bishop's New Ground.
It seems people are only encouraged when they find out that their work can be published and that there is even a market for it.