"Now that we've reached our initial goal we've decided on some cool stretch goals which if reached means we can make Dharma Punks - The Collected Edition an even cooler book than initially planned... fancier print job, more copies printed and even more bonus pages."
The Dharma Punks, by Ant Sang
The Dharma Punks is set in Auckland in the mid-nineties. It’s the story of Chopstick, a punk who is part of an anarchist plot to blow up ‘Bobo’s’, a multi-national fast-food restaurant. Unable to move forward with his life after the death of a good friend, and struggling to reconcile his spiritual path with his political actions, Chopstick’s journey is a meditation on life, love, friendship and blowing things up.
Serialised in eight parts the comic was a success, eventually selling out of its print runs and now difficult to find for love or money.
The comic features many of Auckland’s inner-city land marks (Grafton Bridge, Alleluya Café) and bands of the era including Love’s Ugly Children.
In 2013, eleven years after its initial release, Ant was approached by the founders of Earth’s End Publishing and started to plan for the re-release of his fugitive classic in a single volume.
Ant’s top five punk rock tunes
*Black Spade Picasso Core – Hallelujah Picassos
*Real World – Husker Du
*Target – Fugazi
*100% - Sonic Youth
*Weep Woman Weep – Sticky Filth