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Indira Neville (born 1973) is a New Zealand comics artist, community organiser, musician and educationalist. She is notable for her work in the Hamilton-based comics collective Oats Comics, her own long running serial comic Nice Gravy and in recent times taking a prominent role in the promotion and recognition of New Zealand women's comics through her association with the Three Words anthology.[1] Indira Neville is also notable for her work as an educationalist. She was a CORE Education eFellow,[2] a winner of a Microsoft Innovative Teacher Award for her teaching, and a former principal of a primary school. She is also an active performer, and is currently fronting the Auckland band The Biscuits.[1]

Neville began her career working in television production after graduating from Auckland University of Technology in 1993. After gaining a graduate diploma in teaching in 1997, Neville worked in the field of primary education. She became recognised for her educational work in ICT and eLearning, and was principal of Mulberry Grove School, on Great Barrier Island, New Zealand. She currently works for the National Library of New Zealand as a principal adviser.

She has appeared in numerous New Zealand and Australian exhibitions and anthologies, including Oats, Dad and Tracy, My Soiled Sample, Pictozine, Tiny Peeks, Blood and Thunder, My Life as a Mega-rich Bombshell, and Loser Gurrl. Her work has also appeared in the mainstream magazines f*INK, Pavement, Loose, and Werewolf, and she is a regular contributor to the published Melbourne comics periodical Dailies.[1]

Oats Comics was established in 1993 in Hamilton, New Zealand.[3] Neville began drawing mini comics, both solo and in collaboration with fellow Oats creators Clayton Noone and Stefan Neville, her brother. She contributed to Oats collective publications, including Dad and Tracy[4] and The Hood,[5] as well as their exhibitions. In 2005 they held an exhibition entitled A Fist or a Club or Something at Special Gallery, in Customs St. East, Auckland, and here she launched her solo comic book I am a Comic.[3] She started her most notable solo comic Nice Gravy while a member of Oats Comics collective.

From 1994 Neville wrote and drew the serial comic Nice Gravy which ran for fifteen issues. It is acknowledged by Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand as one of a growing number of New Zealand women's comics produced in the 1990s and 2000s.[6] Copies of her comics are held in important library collections around the world, including Duke University's Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture Zine Collections[7] and Alexander Turnbull Library.[8]

In mid-2014 Indira Neville joined up with New Zealand graphic novelists, writers and fellow comics artists Rachel Fenton and Sarah Laing. They set about to develop the first anthology of New Zealand women's comics in a book format.[9] The anthology "...will incorporate both existing and new work. We want to make visible the depth and breadth of New Zealand women’s comics; showing off some of the beautiful, amazing and often-unseen women’s comics of the past, as well as providing an opportunity for collaboration and the creation of new book-specific pieces via the Three words concept".[9] The book is still in development phase, but has now attracted funding from the New Zealand public arts funder Creative New Zealand.[10] The Three Words project has also proved to be a catalyst for promoting the work of New Zealand women comics artists and writers through their blog[9] and Facebook group.[11] The project has resulted in some controversy, as it has highlighted the marginalisation of women in New Zealand comics (as discussed on National Radio by Adrian Kinnaird, editor of From Earth's End: The Best of New Zealand Comics).[12] Square Planet Comics publisher Tara Black argues for the importance of the Three Words project because it will help to address "the invisibility of the work of women in the creative sphere" by existing "...forever as documented evidence of women producing comics".[13]


In publications[1][]

  • Oats
  • Dad and Tracey
  • My Soiled Sample
  • Pictozine
  • Tiny Peeks
  • Blood and Thunder
  • My Life as a Mega-rich Bombshell
  • Loser Gurrl
  • Fink
  • Pavement
  • Loose
  • Werewolf
  • Dailies
  • "Chicken Girls" (Officer Pup Vol. 2, July 2002)[15][16]