Mopy (#1-12) is an 8-page A5 fold-out mini comic from the pen of Christchurch-based Funtime Editor Darren Schroeder. It veers wildly from heartfelt autobiographical narratives to bad throwaway puns, with naïve, scratchy but immediate drawings that shout sincerity into the gaping abyss of popular cultural indifference. This nearly complete package of collected Mopy's comes in a series of limited edition coloured envelope wrappers that add charm and collectibility to what is a set of intimate, personal readings.

Reviewed by Tim Bollinger in Pavement Winter 2005

I just finished reading Mopy #2 and wanted to let you know how much i loved it. :) keep up the great work!

Miranda Celeste

Mopy 4 is a small affair in more ways than one. There are three strips with each one possessing the 'zine equivalent of minimalism. Saying that, this does not take away from the dry humour throughout. 'Stand Up' displays an intelligent type of wit, while 'The Man Who Fell From Grace with Electricity' is dripping with dry, sardonic humour. If anything, this 'zine proves that fantastic illustrations don't count toward everything: meaning good writing is a big part of the final product. But then, I guess you knew that already! Mopy is an A4 folder, available for all costs at a dollar. (No, it's usually free.)

Reviewed by Richard Barr, April 2001

Mopy #4 features "The Man Who Fell From Grace With Electricity", an extra-cheesy edition of the usual standup comedian, pondering writing a dictionary, and "Martin, Ruth, Lily and I go Fishing"


Mopy #5: It's been a bit of a wait for a new issue of Mopy, but it was worth it: this is my favourite issue of Darren Schroeder's little mini comic so far. 'Zen and the Art of Moving' is excellent, and the stand-up comedian is corny as always.


Mopy #6 features 'Sily Mily the Snake and the Fountain Mountain', ponderings on death and free will and as usual, the corny stand-up comedian


Mopy #1: This is a mini comic that I also got from New Zealand, this guy is probably friends with the guy who did Avant Garde comics. The drawing style in this is similar to Avant Garde comics (it's kind of like elongated Dilbert characters) but the stories are much more interesting. The best part of Mopy is the strange picture of culture in New Zealand that you develop from reading these. I've never been to New Zealand or Australia and all I know about this part of the world is what I learned from jerking off to Kylie Minogue's videos so it's cool to learn more about this mysterious land.

Jeffrey Kane

Mopy #'s 6-8:These are really cool for free comics and just to have some weird shit from New Zealand. New Zealand must be a pretty fun place if all these people are making little comics. #6 has a really awesome fable about this snake named Silly Milly, I liked this one a lot because the writing and the drawing reminded me so much of Rocky & Bullwinkle. #7 This issue has a good illustrated limerick about a snake and a continuation of this romantic sort of story that started in episode one. The dorky looking guy in these comics reminds me of John from Garfield. #8 This cover of this one has a picture of the dorky looking guy dressed as a pirate with a dorky looking parrot on his shoulder, this made me laugh. There's also a good story where this sheep is talking about his life and on Halloween the sheep dresses up as a cow which I loved.

Jeffrey Kane

Mopy #7: 5 pages, full size folded into quarters, copied. Okay, first off I'd just like to let everyone know that these single page, folded comics are really neat. If you haven't seen a quarter sized folded comic before you should check these out just for your own education. Alright, just wanted to say all of that. Now onto the comic! Mopy #7 is four short comics about random things like getting stuck in a park, chasing snakes to France (?), and graduating from Magic School! Mopy #8 has pirate on the cover, but not inside (Oy!). What is inside is a two-page story about an opera singer that has to figure out a way of dealing with noisy aircraft, and a one-pager about sheep (complete with ghost cows)! Yep, these two are what you might describe as "strange!" Then we have Mopy #11. This one is 12 pages, digest size, and also copied. After a tender tale of separation as told from a tree's perspective, the comic shifts into a longer tale featuring the Stand Up Comedian. The comedian, after bombing on stage, is fired from his usual gig and must find a new job. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of opportunities for an out-of-work comedian. Mopy is a fun, quick read that's full of weird stories. If you've been looking for a neat New Zealand mini-comic, Mopy is for you!

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