Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thank tank

I am delighted to share the official press release and take this opportunity to thank the NZ Book Council for choosing me to participate in the Graphic Novelist and Comic Artists Exchange Residency with Taiwan.

My colleagues are an astoundingly talented group of professionals:

  • Tim Gibson has a background in illustrating worlds, characters and monsters for films including Tintin, District 9 and Avatar. His website offers a fresh take on the traditional murder mystery and is distributed through digital comics distributor ComiXology. Tim’s work has been widely anthologised and Moth City is considered a ground-breaking approach to storytelling. 
  • Ant Sang is an award-winning graphic novelist who has also produced numerous short comics for local anthologies and educational purposes. Shaolin Burning was awarded an Honour Award at the 2012 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards and was selected for the Storylines Notable Books list that same year. His 2004 comic series The Dharma Punks will be reprinted in graphic novel form for the first time in 2014.
  • Chuang Yung-shin is one of the most well-known commercial film directors in Taiwan. In 1997 he published Film Maker’s Notes, a comic which recorded his life and works and has been reprinted 18 times. Since then he has gone on to publish further award winning works, including The Window and ‘80s Diary in Taiwan1.
  • 61Chi graduated from the Art Department of Taiwan Normal University. Her first book of comics, Room, was published in January 2014. 61Chi belongs to the new generation of Taiwanese comics artists with versatile drawing talents and a broad range of skills across genres, including children’s illustration, American style realistic drawing and Japanese aesthetic style.
  • Ahn Zhe was born in Taipei in 1985. While his work encompasses graphic design, illustration and storyboard design, his true passion lies in art as well as image and word creation. His works include The Dream Under the Bed, published by TITAN Publishing Co. Ltd. in 2011, and he has also contributed to collections such as 80s Taipei x 90s Hong Kong.
The aim of the exchange is to:
  • foster collaboration between artists
  • enable the creation and publication of a cross-cultural graphic novel
  • create an opportunity for graphic novels to be discussed and explored within an international context.
Which means I'll be part of a sort of awesome graphic novel think tank - I can't wait!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Something to be in

September's issue of Flash Frontier is just out, and I'm so proud of the features page this month.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to Adnan Mahmutovic for trusting me with his personal story in our graphic interview: "Something for Being" was an absolute privilege to work on. I'm grateful, too, to Michelle Elvy for letting me run the whole piece. I feel like we all broke some new ground.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


August, it seems, is almost over and I haven't blogged since being stunned in July by discovering I made the final of the Dundee International Book Prize.

But I want to take a moment to draw your attention to a very interesting chap called David Thomsen, who I met way back in May, at the Wellington City Libraries Comicfest Panel Discussion (which I blogged about here). 
 I suspect Grant Buist karate chopped off David Thomsen's fingers just prior to this photograph being taken.

David is the creative mastermind behind the most intriguing blog Three If By Murder, where, in a series of innovative animations, he answers questions posted by the public. If by chance you lean towards the surreal and have three minutes to spare, it won't kill you to check out one of his films, or send him a question.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Fine list

I am overjoyed and (unusually!) lost for words to discover my unpublished novel Some Things the English is a finalist in the Dundee International Book Prize, which is to say I am in the top two - many thanks to the judges, "Radio 4 presenter Kirsty Lang, creative writer Neil Gaiman, publisher Scott Pack, literary agent Felicity Blunt and writer, critic, reviewer and programmer Stuart Kelly" and Director Anna Day! 

The opening chapter to my novel and the others shortlisted - a fine list - can be downloaded and read for free on Kindle from Amazon.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Tech tonic

I'm grateful to Mojave River Review for publishing "Two Continents", another poem from my collaboration with multi-talented editor, writer and lit-hop artist Jamez Chang.

This poem is about what can happen when people on opposite sides of the world communicate via technology.