Martin Emond

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Martin Emond
Born June 1969
New Zealand
Died March 5, 2004
Los Angeles, California, United States
Nationality New Zealander
Area(s) Artist
Notable works
White Trash
Verotik covers

Martin Emond (1969 in New Zealand – March 5, 2004 in Los Angeles, California, United States), also known under the pseudonyms "Martin Fuckin Emond", "Martyfuck", "Martywood", "Mickey Martin" and "MFE", was a New Zealand cartoon illustrator and painter.

Emond's work is said to be reminiscent of rock n' roll tattoos and classic sign art, and characterised by darkly sardonic humour.


Emond found success early in his career illustrating Gordon Rennie's White Trash comic, which led to other high-profile cartoon work including designing album covers for Glenn Danzig. He drew the (extremely violent and bloody) strip "Accident Man" for the short-lived UK comic Toxic! in 1991. Later he created memorable characters such as the irreverent streetkid Switchblade and girl gang the Rolling Red Knuckles.

Many of his illustrations were also produced extensively as screenprints on clothing for the popular New Zealand streetwear label Illicit. The company signed a two-year deal with California-based clothier Cinder Block, through assistance from intellectual property agency Sharpeco, to create fashions based on a variety of Emond characters. An article on the partnership noted, "Cinder Block were especially taken by a character called Switchblade, a street urchin orphan brought up in a town called Tragedy," noting this character would be the first project of the clothing range.[1]Illicit co-founder Steve Hodge remarked, "[Emond] left a huge amount of work behind. It's all catalogued and storylined," with the article going on to state that the range included more than 150 characters. Illicit also planned a collaboration with Oregon-based publisher Dark Horse Comics to create a coffee table book on Emond's work.[1]

Emond committed suicide by hanging in 2004.[2]

Several of his images were used without authorisation in Pink's music video for "U + Ur Hand."



Comics work includes:

  • Lobo (with Alan Grant, DC Comics):
    • Lobocop (one-shot, February 1994)
    • Lobo: In the Chair (one-shot, August 1994)
    • "Workin' on th' Railroad!" (in Lobo Annual 02, 1994)
    • "The Main Man on th' Prairie!" (in Lobo Annual 02, 1994)
    • Lobo/Deadman: The Brave and the Bald (one-shot, February 1995)
    • Lobo: Bounty Hunting for Fun and Profit (one-shot, February 1995)


  • Verotika #4-9 (Verotik, June 1995 - March 1996)
  • Satanika #3 (Verotik, July 1995)
  • Sunglasses After Dark #1-2, 6 (Verotik, November 1995 - January 1996, November 1996)
  • Igrat #1-2 (Verotik, November 1995 - February 1996)
  • Satanika vol. 2 #1-2 (Verotik, February 1996)
  • Jaguar God #4-5 (Verotik, June–September 1996)


  1. ^ a b O'Neill, Rob (25 July 2010). "Edgy designs defy downturn". Sunday Star Times. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Hill, Julie (May 15–21, 2004). "Goodbye to the jungle". New Zealand Listener 193 (3340). Archived from the original on 21 October 2008. Retrieved 19 March 2011. 


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