I hope you’re a comics fan. You’ll understand why I’m so thrilled to write this post.
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Earlier this week, I found out that Warren Ellis mentioned my SHERLOCK HONG series in his email newsletter. (It’s called ORBITAL OPERATIONS and you can subscribe to it here.) If you don't already know, Warren Ellis is a great story genius. He has written original comic books, short stories, novels, magazine pieces, bits of journalism, and more. He’s also very generous in sharing his ideas, work processes and recommendations.
Here's the article the newsletter linked to — The Sherlock Startup. If diversity in publishing is important to you, if you’re passionate about self-publishing, if you’re building an audience in the digital space, I hope you find it useful.
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Hanging out with artist Koh Hong Teng
I’ve been friends with acclaimed comic artist Koh Hong Teng for over a decade. We’ve experimented with graphic storytelling over the years, but nothing serious. Until now. Our original series TALES OF THE BLACK ROOT was picked up by ACES WEEKLY, the UK digital comics magazine. It's published by another comic book legend, David Lloyd, the artist who worked with Alan Moore on the V For Vendetta graphic novel. Our seven-part story will start running in mid-May.
Illustration by Koh Hong Teng
In our storyworld, the Black Root is a rare medicinal herb that produces strange, even magical, effects. It has been the driving force of human history. Because of the Black Root, kingdoms can rise and fall, beggars become heroes, sages turn into lunatics, bizarre dreams become reality, and everyday experiences transform into heavenly quests.
I’ll be sharing more about our creative process soon.
So that’s two ways you can read TALES OF THE BLACK ROOT: either subscribe to the weekly, or wait for the story to end its seven-part run and then purchase the entire volume. Subscription details at the end of this post.
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For the storytelling industry, digital connections are now the most powerful way to bring together creators and fans. We can reach around the world to share ideas, make connections, and experience fresh and exciting art straight from someone else’s imagination.
In both cases, I was actually sitting in my kitchen and checking my email, right here in Singapore, when I got the news. I wasn’t anywhere near a trade show in London, or an industry conference in New York, or a media event in Los Angeles.
This is the new age of publishing. Thanks to Warren Ellis and David Lloyd for showing the way.
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