Queenie Chan is a New York Times Best-selling manga artist and graphic novelist. Her first published work was The Dreaming series, and since then has worked with author Dean Koontz on graphic novel prequels to his series Odd Thomas. She is also author-artist of many short stories on this website.
Small Shen: The book is out in bookstores, and here’s my post about it, which includes the book trailer and an extract of the first 50 pages! Happy Chinese New Year!!
Zelda Fanfiction: I’ve finished all 312 pages of this last week, and I’m toning chapter 8-11 these next few weeks. As of now, this series is being serialised on DeviantArt, MangaFox, SmackJeeves, Archive Of Our Own, and Tumblr. I’ll be posting chapter 5 up next week, since I finished chapter 4 this week.
Here’s the story, as displayed completely in one Tumblr post. It’s also on this site, but Tumblr makes it easier to read, so I redirect people there.
Small Shen: The book is out in bookstores, and here’s my post about it, which includes the book trailer and an extract of the first 50 pages! Hope everyone had a good New Year’s!
Zelda Fanfiction: Believe it or not, I have finished all 312 pages of my 11-chapter Zelda fanfiction, in the space of 7 months. Chapters 7-11 has yet to be toned, so I’ll be doing that in February, but it’s a startling improvement in speed compared to conventional manga/comics. Previously, I could only produce a 180-page book in 7 months in pure manga form, but I can double the output within the same period of time, while doubling the amount of story expressed with a prose/manga mix. If that 312 pages was in manga form (rather than a mix of manga and prose), I estimate the story would have taken at least 3 books (ie. 540 pages) to tell, and 3 years of actual work time.
Update:Small Shen is an ideal Xmas present, and #4 on the SciFi Charts! You can also read a 50-page extra from the book here! Click the “Download” button to download onto your computer, or you can download it zipped from here. We also created a book trailer for it! Check it out!
Hi everyone! My next book Small Shen (from Harper Collins Voyager), will be out in Australian bookstores this month! I was super-excited when I got this book – the art was printed on high quality paper, and it just looks fabulous. As you can see from these pictures below, the book is a mix between prose and comics.
This is a collaboration with best-selling author Kylie Chan, and includes a free song (book soundtrack!) by my friend and long-time collaborator Yunyu, called Butterflies, that can be downloaded from a link at the back of the book.
The song ‘Butterflies’ by Yunyu will be delivered via QR tag, with instructions, at the back of the book.
Small Shen: The book will be in bookstores next month (December 2012), so there’ll be some posts about that next. They did a pre-sale for Small Shen at Supanova Brisbane, and the book sold out in a single afternoon! Thanks to everyone who bought it! More copies will be available at the actual launch next month!
Zelda fanfic: I’ve posted all of Chapter 2 of my Legend of Zelda fanfiction up on Tumblr now, and also at DeviantArt and SmackJeeves! Chapter 2 is 34 pages and longer than Chapter 1. Once again it’s in a mix of prose and comics, which has been getting a lot of positive feedback! Here’s Yunyu’s chapter music too!
Here’s the actual story, at Tumblr. Though it’s also been uploaded at a number of sites, which I’ll list here when I get things sorted.
I’m now starting Chapter 7, and things are looking good. Meanwhile Chapter 3 has 32 pages, and will be running from the 16th November 2012 to the 21st December 2012. Check out DeviantArt and SmackJeeves for the latest updates!
I finally got around to posting my long-promised “Legend of Zelda” fanfiction onto Tumblr! Chapter 1 is 17 pages, and it’s done in a mix of prose and comics, much like “We are the Pickwicks”, except this story is much longer. Since it’s so long, I got my friend Yunyu to compose some music for it, which is fun. You can see her music track down below, in Youtube form, which is her version of “Zora Domain” backgroundmusic.
Now onto the actual story itself. I’ve posted all 17 pages onto a single post for Tumblr, so you can go directly to the Tumblr page itself to read the thing if you click on the first page. Not the best way to present a comic strip (on Tumblr… but it does make it easier to read/load, in terms of the internet. Enjoy!
Here’s the Table of Contents on Tumblr.This whole thing is also being posted on my DeviantArt, and also on SmackJeeves, so the most up-to-date chapters are being run there. Chapter 2 is running on SmackJeeves until the 10th November, when Chapter 3 begins.
Thoughts: It’s interesting how incredibly fast writing/drawing in this prose+comics format is. I started doing this in late May, and by September has already written the whole thing, all 300 pages of it. As of this post, I’ve drawn 160 of those 300 pages, and is mid-way through Chapter 6 (so at the half-way mark). I’ll talk about my work processes for this format later, but if you compare my standard work rate in pure comics format, it’s 10 months for 160 pages, not including toning. In this format, I’ve reached 160 pages in 5 months, so twice the content in half the time. It’s interesting when you think about it.
Hi all! I’ve been away in Hong Kong for a while, and I had a pretty good rest there. Once I got back, however, I found myself besieged with problems. Firstly it was a stomach bug, then it was a computer virus, and now it’s a minor health problem. All-in-all, none of these things are serious, and they’ll all eventually be fixed… it’s just that it’s annoying, that’s all.
What I’m doing right now: Working on finishing a “Legend of Zelda” fanfiction I started years ago, in 2006 and posted on my DeviantArt account. I feel I must finish it, so I’m going to do this before I start work on my next book. Arrgh!! Nose to paper! I’ve made good progress though, and so far there’s 89 finished pages. I will post the first chapter in early October, once Yunyu comes back from overseas (she is writing music for some of the locations in the fanfic).
Colour Art for “Small Shen”: The book’s coming out this Xmas, and this week I show some colour art I did of some of the characters from “Small Shen” a while ago – namely Gold and Jade. A composite of these two pictures form the site banner for “Small Shen”, but here you can see the originals separately, to see what they’re like. The colouring styles for both are quite different, and it was a fun experiment.
Here’s the composite image for the “Small Shen” cover
Here is just Jade alone. I spent a lot of time getting some Mucha influence into her hair, and it’s too bad it’s obscured by Gold on the cover.
Here is male-Gold, and female-Gold. Male Gold appears only in the comic-prose part of “Small Shen” (his is a character who identifies mostly as male anyway, being a stone spirit without any gender originally), but female gold appears in the prose sections.
But first, here’s an interview with me from the lovely Rowena Cory Daniells, a famous fantasy author. Fantasy authors unite! Also, I’m being featured in Cordite 39, the “Jackpot” issue!
I’ve also finished Small Shen, the prequel to Kylie Chan’s best-selling “White Tiger” Chinese fantasy series. I busted my spleen to finish it by the end of July, and now that I’ve finally made that date, I just feel exhausted. Not so much by Small Shen, but by having done House of Odd (the last Odd Thomas graphic novel) and this book back-to-back. The last time I did something similar was with The Dreaming v3 and In Odd We Trust (the first Odd Thomas graphic novel), and to be honest, I wasn’t as exhausted back then. I think that as I get older, my tolerance for stuff like this just goes down. (That said, what is it about the last book in a series that causes me to have to immediately start a new book in the next series?)
Small Shen will be out in December 2012!!
Either way, I’m going on a month long holiday, and will probably take a break, returning in September 2012. During this time, I’ll be reworking this site a bit, by integrating the front page with my tumblr account. WordPress is a good blogging platform, but I feel it just lacks the social component that a microblogging site like Tumblr has – so I’m attempting to change my front page to my Tumblr, while leaving all other aspects of the site as WordPress. How it’s going to work? I don’t know – I hope that the old site wouldn’t have to change too much.