Footrot Flats

Footrot Flats was a comic strip written by New Zealand cartoonist Murray Ball. It ran from 1975 until 1994 in newspapers around the world, though the unpublished strips continued to be released in book form until 2000. Altogether there are 27 numbered books (collecting the newspaper strips, with additional material), a further 8 books collecting the Sunday newspaper strips, and 5 smaller 'pocket' books of original material, plus various related publications. There was also a stage musical, an animated feature film called Footrot Flats: the Dog's Tail Tale, and even a theme park in New Zealand. The strip reached its peak of popularity in the mid 1980's, with the books selling millions of copies in Australasia. At various times, Ball cited different reasons for quitting the strip, including the death of his own dog, and his displeasure with the direction of New Zealand politics.

The cartoon was based around the life of Wal Footrot's sheepdog, called "Dog", on their farm Footrot Flats, and the other characters, human and animal, that came into their lives. The Dog's thoughts are voiced in thought bubbles, though he is clearly "just a dog" rather than the heavily anthropomorphised creatures sometimes found in other comics or animation. The humour was based around the foibles of the characters, which many, particularly farmers themselves, found easy to recognise around them. There was much "humour in adversity", making fun of the daily struggle that permeates farming life. The depictions of the animals are quite realistic and detailed, with a dose of comic anthropomorphism superimposed without spoiling the farming realism.

 

BALL Murray : Footrot Flats The Dog's Tail Tale : SC Comic Book

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Footrot Flats The Dog's Tail Tale by Murray Ball ISSN: 0864640773 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: not labelled CONDITION: Very Good:... more info

BALL Murray : It's a Dog's Life - Small SC Pocket Edition Book

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The Pocket Footrot Flats It's a Dog's Life by Murray Ball ISBN: 095886487X COVER: Softcover 11cm x 18.5cm PAGES: not labelled CONDITION: Good -... more info

BALL Murray Footrot Flats Pocket Book Collection 5x books SC Sm

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The Pocket Footrot Flats Pocket Book Collection 5x Books - box missing The Cry of the Grey Ghost It's a Dog's Life They've Put Custard with my Bone... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #10 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #10 by Murray Ball ISSN: 01105604 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading wear, name on inner... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #14 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #14 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230017 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading wear. ... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #15 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #15 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230025 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading wear. ... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #16 : Large Softcover Comic Book

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Footrot Flats #16 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230033 FORMAT: Paperback 26cm x 16cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading wear, light... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #17 : Softcover Cartoon Comic Book

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Footrot Flats #17 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230068 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Very Good: light shelf and reading wear. ... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #18 : Softcover Large Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #18 by Murray Ball ISSN: 1875230084 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading wear. EDITION:... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #19 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #19 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230114 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Very Good: light shelf and reading wear,... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #21 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #21 by Murray Ball ISBN: 1875230181 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Very Good: light shelf and reading wear. ... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #23 : Large Softcover Comic Book

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Footrot Flats #23 by Murray Ball   ISBN:1875230459 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading wear,... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #5 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #5 by Murray Ball ISBN: 01105604 COVER: Paperback 26.5cm x 16.5cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading wear. x 2 copies... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #6 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #6 by Murray Ball ISSN: 0864640110 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading wear, squished... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #7 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #7 by Murray Ball ISSN: 01566172 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading wear, light cover... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #8 : Large Softcover Cartoon Book

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Footrot Flats #8 by Murray Ball ISSN: 01105604 FORMAT: Paperback 27cm x 17cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading wear, name on inner... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats #9 : Large Softcover Cartoon comic

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Footrot Flats #9 by Murray Ball ISBN: 0958864810 COVER: Paperback 26.5cm x 16.5cm  PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good : shelf and reading wear. c1984 ... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats Weekender #5 : Softcover Comic Book

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Footrot Flats : Weekender #5 by Murray Ball  ISBN: 187523019X FORMAT: Paperback 26cm x 20cm PAGES: 80 CONDITION: Good: light shelf and reading... more info

BALL, Murray : Footrot Flats Weekender : Large SC Book

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Footrot Flats 'Weekender' by Murray Ball ISBN: 0959226311 FORMAT: Paperback 26cm x 21cm PAGES: approx 100 CONDITION: Good: shelf and reading... more info

BALL, Murray : The Cry of the Grey Ghost : Pocket Footrot

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The Pocket Footrot Flats The Cry of the Grey Ghost by Murray Ball ISBN: 095922632X COVER: Softcover 11cm x 18.5cm PAGES: not labelled ... more info

BALL, Murray : They've Put Custard With My Bone! Pocket Footrot

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The Pocket Footrot Flats They've Put Custard With My Bone by Murray Ball ISBN: 0959226303 COVER: Softcover 11cm x 18.5cm PAGES: not labelled ... more info
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