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RIP Murray Ball

We lost the great New Zealand cartoonist, Murray Ball today, from Alzheimers. Murray was the genius behind the comic strip Footrots Flats. He was literally the Charles Schulz of New Zealand and his strip a delight to read. The adventures of Wal, Dog, Aunt Polly, Cooch and Jess and life in the brush was a delight.

I even got a get well card from Murray Ball in 1992 after I had a heart attack scare, which seriously lifted my spirits like a moon rocket.

Sadly I never got to meet him or get a sketch from him, but still feel honored to have been a fan of his strip.
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I doubt you'd know of him, but John Clarke, the brilliant NZ comedian whose Fred Dagg character was curiously similar to Wal Footrot in appearance - and who voiced Wal Footrot in the Footrot Flats movie - died suddenly yesterday, age 68.