June 25, 2020

Giselle has visited the theme of anthropomorphism in her comics in the past⁠—remember birds with arms?⁠—but recently she has been pondering the scale of it all. Why is it that sometimes dogs are dogs, and sometimes bears are...well... lets find out. 

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April 19, 2020

Today is editor Sarah's birthday, and she's going to shelter in one of her favourite books. Would you join her in Carrie Hepple's Garden? Or perhaps up the cherry tree? Or if you are missing your friends, perhaps you'd join her in Busytown.

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February 13, 2020

Today is apparently the day for romance, and what can be more romantic than working on a picture book together? Giselle Clarkson explores some stories behind the power couples of children's publishing in her twenty-sixth comic for The Sapling. Happy Valentine's Day!
 

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December 18, 2019

The editors of The Sapling all love a good kids' Christmas book. This comic celebrates the books that Briar, Thalia, Kura, and Sarah have enjoyed in the past.  We hope you all have a wonderful holiday! Meri Kihiramete!
 

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October 20, 2019

We love comics, and we love the artists behind them! So for this month's Giselle Clarkson comic, we have something a little different for you: an illustrated interview! Sarah Laing – author/artist/designer extraordinaire – has a new book out with Victoria University Pr...

August 18, 2019

Giselle Clarkson wrestles with imposter syndrome in her most recent comic. Giselle has also illustrated The Gobbledegook Book, written by Joy Cowley, which will be released in September through Gecko Press. Head along to the launch on 14 September in Featherston

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June 20, 2019

Penguins have appeared in famed picture books with relative frequency over the years – and not just because a fair few books happen to have been created by a publishing house that shares their Antarctic avian name. But our intrepid illustrator Giselle Clarkson knows he...

April 22, 2019

Many of the awards for children's literature in New Zealand (bestowed by either Storylines or the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults) are named after important people. Illustrator Giselle Clarkson has researched these award namesakes, made short biog...

March 14, 2019

This is a momentous occasion: it's the second anniversary of Giselle Clarkson Comics on The Sapling (actually, the second anniversary of The Sapling, too). Where does the time go ...?! To celebrate, here is the 20th Giselle Clarkson Comic, all about equine challenges....

February 13, 2019

Do you recognise the name Avis Acres? Giselle Clarkson fills us in on the importance of this early figure in New Zealand children's literature – and slips in some rather surprising facts.  

 

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December 16, 2018

As we near the end of 2018, our cool and clever illustrator, Giselle Clarkson, reaches Peak Adorkable. Here, she teaches us about some bugs and the stories behind their scientific Latin names.  

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Giselle Clarkson is a freelance illustrator and c...

October 9, 2018

Is there any experience more universal than inappropriate laughing fits? Here, illustrator Giselle Clarkson generously shares one of the times she got the giggles as a child, when it was all Paul Jennings' fault.  

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September 4, 2018

In the 16th of our regular comics from Giselle Clarkson, she ruminates on the unusual history of one of the most-loved works of literature in New Zealand.  

GISELLE CLARKSON

Giselle Clarkson is a freelance illustrator and comic creator from Wellington. Her work...

July 23, 2018

As part of our coverage for this year's NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults, we asked illustrator and major book-lover Giselle Clarkson to undertake the mammoth task of reviewing all five Picture Book Award finalists, with the help of her nieces and nephew, ag...

June 6, 2018

How can we describe the theme of this month's comic by Giselle Clarkson? Two words: Bird. Arms.  

GISELLE CLARKSON

Giselle Clarkson is a freelance illustrator and comic creator from Wellington. Her work has appeared in a bunch of School Journals as well as Gecko Pre...

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