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Toby morris aug 2015

Toby Morris is an Auckland based illustrator and comic artist. He is the creator of the Pencilsword and also half of the Toby and Toby duo behind the series 'That is the question' at

Toby Morris is an Auckland based illustrator and comic artist. He is the creator of the Pencilsword and also half of the Toby and Toby duo behind the series 'That is the question' at

Content by Toby

The Pencilsword: Hussam and The Death Way

How a 16-year-old boy fled his home in Syria.

The Pencilsword: Lest We Forget

On Anzac Day we pause to remember fallen soldiers who fought overseas, but are we forgetting the New Zealand Wars?

The Pencilsword: Shifty business

Sure, tax avoidance isn't always illegal. But that's not really the point, says Toby Morris.

Flag failure: Where did it go wrong?

As much as I've always wanted a change, in the end I think we made the right choice. So why do I feel so rotten?

The Pencilsword: That's when I knew...

How do you know when your partner is 'The One'?

The Pencilsword: Mariko Tamaki and the mess of feelings

So much of storytelling is in what doesn't get said, Mariko Tamaki tells Toby Morris. That's why she uses comics to tell her stories.

The Pencilsword: 10,000 people I love

There’s lots to love at music festivals, but some people only make things worse.

The Pencilsword: Atena and the Animals

Poets, artists, journalists - locked up for daring to comment. It's time we spoke up.

The Pencilsword: Holes

How many of us only see 'our' New Zealand? Toby Morris reflects on the need to be honest with ourselves.

The Pencilsword: Twelve Days

A summer love story. By Toby Morris.

The Pencilsword: Can people change their minds?

Are people set in stone? Toby Morris heads out to find if change is truly possible.

The Pencilsword: Drowning on land

Anxiety is fast becoming one one of the most common illnesses in New Zealand. Here's what it's really like to suffer from panic attacks.

The Pencilsword: We're number one!

We might be number one, but this is something we shouldn't be proud of.

The Pencilsword - Player One: Continue?

Toby Morris shares five lessons he's learned from being average at video games.

The Pencilsword: Goodbye Old Zealand

Toby Morris takes down the myth of what it means to be a "real New Zealander".

The flagged flags

Toby Morris raises a glass to 10 great flags that didn’t make it, and says goodbye to what could have been.

The Pencilsword: The Garfield principle

Success doesn’t always equal quality, says Toby Morris.

The Pencilsword: Who's afraid of the TPPA?

Laws are made to serve people, not profits, says Toby Morris.

The Pencilsword: Walk this way

Some of us walk fast, some of us walk slow - what would happen if we all walked together, asks Toby Morris.

For Richard, for Paula

This time last week Toby Morris was nervous. He was putting the finishing touches on a comic he was working on, and wondering if he’d screwed it up.

The Pencilsword: On a plate

A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.

The Pencilsword: Inequality Tower

How do we fix New Zealand's inequality, Toby Morris asks. Maybe by acknowledging it.

The Pencilsword: Flagpole blues

Toby Morris wades into the debate over New Zealand's flag.

The Pencilsword: Be here now

Toby Morris takes a moment to look up from his phone and check out the world around him.

The Pencilsword: Take a deep breath and dive in

Weightless, timeless, debtless. Maybe going for a swim is what we all need in 2015, says Toby Morris.

The Pencilsword: Revenge of the beach bod

Toby Morris has a confession to make.

The Pencilsword: Like, like, like, what?

Let's be honest - getting likes and retweets is an ego boost. But how does this affect the decisions we make?

Past, present, what-the-future?

Statistics that show us where we've come from and where we're at prompt some big questions about where we're headed next.

The Pencilsword: Lights, camera, action

Do it yourself. You don't need a guy in a shirt and tie to give you the ok, and you've probably already got the gear.

The Pencilsword: The most valuable vote in New Zealand

No matter who you are, or where you're from, all party votes are equal in this election.

Picturing the impacts of poverty

Addressing child poverty takes more than putting shoes on feet and food on tables.

Preaching to the converted

Social media makes it easy to confuse our friends' views with those of the rest of the world. Easy, and kind of dangerous.

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