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Here are some of the comics-prose and manga stories I have drawn and written over the years. Some of them are published with publishers, and can be bought at the links provided. Most of these stories are in 'comics-prose', a format that mixes prose with comics.



Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back

4 short, comics-prose horror stories that you can purchase online @ $4.99 on Amazon, Smashwords, Apple iBooks and Nook. You can sample the stories here:




The Dreaming: Perfect Collection

A 3-book mystery-horror series about schoolgirls disappearing in the Australian bush. Twin sisters Jeanie and Amber race against time to uncover the mystery of "The Dreaming". You can purchase book 3 on Amazon, Comixology or RightStuf.com.

You can read volumes 1-2 (of 3) here.

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Next Page: Hi all! I finally got Chapter 6 finished today. Am finally hopping onto Chapter 7, which I hope to finish before this year is out. So far, so good... and Chapter 6 was a very art-intensive chapter too (all those crazy backgrounds, yarrrgh. On another note, the Myer's Gift Wrap fundraiser this year is going well. We had some scheduling hickups and I had to manually email everyone to confirm their shifts, but most have actually been okay. I'm training people this year too, which will be interesting.
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Yikes... It's been an exceptionally busy week, though I've got only about 9 pages to go before I finish chapter 6. Half of the chapter still needs to be toned, so I hope I get most of it finished by next weekend...

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Queenie Chan
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Hi all! I was originally born in Hong Kong, and moved to Australia when I was 6 years old. My first published work was the three-book series "The Dreaming" in 2004 with publisher TOKYOPOP, and since then, I've worked with author Dean Koontz on graphic novel prequels to his series "Odd Thomas". The series became a NYT Best-seller, and afterwards, I worked on "Small Shen", a prequel to best-selling author Kylie Chan's "White Tiger" Chinese fantasy series.

I'm also author-artist of many books and short stories on my website. I've just finished work on "Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back", which is in comics-prose.

I'm currently working on "Fabled Kingdom", which is a 3-book fairytale-inspired fantasy series. It's done in comics-prose, and the first installment should be out in November 2014!

This series updates: 4 pages every Friday


30-Oct-2014:
Hi all! As promised, I'm putting my latest comics-prose story up. "Fabled Kingdom" is a YA fairytale-inspired fantasy story, and like "The Dreaming", it's intended to be a 3-book series (consisting of 21 chapters). It'll be released both in print and as a 6-part ebook series. I'm planning to serialise the first 2 books online, and if you like the story, you can buy the 3rd book when it's done.

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Fabled Kingdom - Cover by QueenieChan


What if Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother isn't her real grandmother?
What is her two trueborn grandmothers are both queens - and one is good, while the other one is evil?



The Story


'Fabled Kingdom' is a 3-volume fairytale-inspired YA fantasy. It's a comics-prose story, written and drawn by me. It will be released both in print format, and as a 6-part e-book series.

The story is about Celsia, a 'Red Hood' training to be a healer under her grandmother's tutelage in a small village deep in the woods. One day, she discovers a shocking secret - her grandmother isn't her real grandmother. Forced to leave her village, she goes on a quest to find her two trueborn grandmothers, who are both powerful queens of magical kingdoms. Accompanied by her childhood friend Quillon and the cheeky faun Pylus, her first destination is the 'Fabled Kingdom' of Fallinor, a magical kingdom that was destroyed 60 years ago. Or... was it?

You can also read this on SmackJeeves, Inkblazers, and on my own website.


Table of Contents

I will be posting the first 2 volumes of this story online from 2014-2016. If you want to read the last volume of the story, you'll have to purchase the book:

  • Volume 1:
Fabled Kingdom - Chapter 1 - Cover by QueenieChan 
  • Chapter 1: The Wolf in the Woods
  • Chapter 2: The Two Queens - 12 Dec 2014 ~ 16 Jan 2015
  • Chapter 3: The Silver Path - 23 Jan 2015 ~ 6 Mar 2015
  • Chapter 4: The Orange Witch - 13 Mar 2015 ~ 1 May 2015
  • Chapter 5: Out of the Woods - 8 May 2015 ~ 19 Jun 2015
  • Chapter 6: Cursed Kingdom - 26 Jun 2015 ~ 7 Aug 2015
  • Chapter 7: The War - 14 Aug 2015 ~ 25th Sep 2015
  • Volume 2: TBA
  • Volume 3: TBA

Background Information

As you all know, 'Fabled Kingdom' is a comics-prose story, and it was originally accepted by a major publishing house in 2013. However, I didn't like the contract terms they offered, so I declined. Only 3 chapters of the book was done at the time, and now, I'm close to halfway through Chapter 6. I decided to finish the book on my own, and then see what happens.

Doing this story has been quite an interesting experience, because in terms of length, there is a direct comparison. 'Fabled Kingdom' is a 3-book series much like 'The Dreaming' was (done 10 years ago), except that FK is in comics-prose format, and TD was a traditional manga story. Due to the differences in these formats, I was able to directly compare the amount of work required to do both. And here is where it gets real interesting.

'Comics-Prose' was originally conceived to (1) reduce the amount of time required to draw a single comics page, and (2) to shorten the number of pages required to tell a sequence of events. After having done about 150 pgs of 'Fabled Kingdom' (compared to 166 pgs for volume 1 of 'The Dreaming'), I can declare the points below:

  • 'Comics-prose' uses a lot of prose, but ultimately it's comics. Its length is calculated in pages, not words. Saying a comics-prose story is 70,000 words is a meaningless unit of measurement. Like comics, page count is what matters.
  • It reduces the number of pages required to tell a sequence of events by about 30%. I estimate that 50 pages of comics can be reduced to 30 pages of comics-prose.
  • It reduces the amount of time to draw a single comics page by 40-50%. This is an average, because that depends on the complexity of what's depicted on a single page. 


Some more statistics for comparison. These are approximates only:

  • 'The Dreaming' vol.1 = 166 pages' VS Fabled Kingdom' vol.1 = 210 pages
  • 7 chapters of 'The Dreaming' (166 pgs) took 8 months of 10-hour work days VS 7 Chapters of 'Fabled Kingdom' (210 pgs) took 7 months of 6-hour work days.
  • 'Fabled Kingdom' vol.1 has 26% more pages than 'The Dreaming' vol. 1
  • I estimate that 'Fabled Kingdom' tells 1.5 times the amount of story that 'The Dreaming' does in a single volume.


I've mentioned before that I have no intention of going back to doing traditional comics, and this is why. Traditional comics is back-breaking labour; it really is. Having done it for 10 years, the burn-out is terrifying, and it doesn't get faster or better - in fact, the whole process just gets harder, because you get older.

I'm older now, less naive, and less committed to being chained to my drawing board all day long without even being able to go out for lunch or to meet friends. When I did 'The Dreaming', I literally had NO social life. My friends didn't see me for months at a time, and I almost lost touch with a lot of people. Now that I'm doing 'Fabled Kingdom', I have no trouble going out daily, and meeting my friends once a week. I usually start at 4pm, and get two pages completed (pencils, inked, toned) by 12am at night (with breaks in between for dinner, etc). Even on a really busy day, I still manage to get a full page done within a few hours.

To be honest, I feel relieved.

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:icondj-porcelainstudios:
DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
i Did an experiment And wondered if this counts as comic
Prose
sta.sh/02gik4p80j3p
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hmm, I don't think so.

The reason is that the text boxes look more like captions from the way they're arranged on the page.
Because they look and act captions, they also end up describing the pictures you've already drawn.
If you're describing the pictures you're drawing, then it's kinda redundant.
The point of comics-prose is to eliminate such redundancies.
For example, you wouldn't put in words that Noah has tripped on a rock AND draw a picture of Noah tripping on a rock.

Anyway, I will be able to put more examples up once I get my comics-prose group going. Hopefully that will give some direction on what comics-prose is meant to do.
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
AHHHHH QUEENIE ITS SPREADING I found this and HAD to share it with youuuu
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Professional General Artist
Thanks for pointing my attention towards that. :D
This particular person does it in the way I originally intended - you can just scroll down the page like an Internet web page.
I was originally partly inspired by the Internet's mix of pictures and words (and scrolling format).
However, I ended up doing my stories in normal-book page format because I want to print my work and sell it.
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DARKNESSFALLS-SL Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You have some really great stuff to learn from here if you have time could you check out our page :-D
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014
Will you be talking about comic book prose soon in your journals?
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
OMG, I should. (I've been busy lately SIGH)
I have one more post to post on publishing before I get onto that.

I've got to organise the posts properly before I put it up online, but it should be up by the end of this year! *fingers crossed*
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:icondj-porcelainstudios:
Aww, well queenie sensei can you give me at least a tip on doing comic prose plzzzzz?
btw sta.sh/0cpwrvln8gz this is my attempt at comic prose
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
Oh, I almost forgot something important!

IMPORTANT:
1) Choose a PAGE SIZE for your comics-prose story, and stick with it.
2) Also choose a MARGIN SIZE for your comics - try your hardest to keep all your prose inside that margin. The comics can go outside the margins, but don't do that with the prose.

People already use a set page/margin size for normal comics anyway, so this shouldn't be a big deal.

3) The ideal software to use is ADOBE INDESIGN. It's got great desktop publishing functions, and it's way simple to use. I use Adobe Indesign CS2.

I currently use a page size of 5.5" x 8.5", with margins of 1.6cm. I keep all my prose within those margins. :) InDesign lets you set all this up real easy.
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
I had a look at what you did, and I think it's great! :D
I hope you'll keep it up and continue.

I can definitely give you some tips!
1) Comics-prose is about eliminating repetition in comics (ie. drawing the same character over and over, for scenes that are kinda unimportant).
2) Because it's about eliminating repetition, it's about drawing only the MOST IMPORTANT SCENES in a story.

---You've got the right idea in your piece - the first panel shows Det Kylie telling Roman he wants the best for her, and she asking him why he would care. This is important stuff, and you continue it with an EXPLANATION of why Detective Kyle cares and how they feel about the whole situation - which is what comics-prose is for.
---Unfortunately, because this is clearly in the middle of an on-going story, I can't really tell what's going on in the second set of panels. Is that Roman? Or is that Kyle's younger sister? I don't know the characters, so I can't tell. However, I think that Kyle embracing Roman is important, so perhaps you should draw that in a panel.

3) Because comics-prose is about drawing only the most important scenes in a story, the best way to start is to take the thumbnail of an already existing comics page and work backwards. Look at 2-3 pages of your comics, and ask yourself -- what are the MOST IMPORTANT panels? The panels that the story CANNOT do without?
4) Once you've identified those panels, then you can eliminate the other not-so-important panels. For example, let's look at these two pages:

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Page 15, panel 1 shows Janet waking up, with someone calling her.
Page 15, panel 2 shows Janet awake in a corridor, with a bunch of people standing around.
Page 16, panel 1 shows Janet talking to Tony, and their conversation just continues

At no point do I show a picture of Janet getting up. I don't show a picture of Janet turning to Tony. I don't show any pictures of the long conversation between Janet and Tony. I didn't draw any of the other fireman/coworkers leaving the scene either.

I didn't draw any of it, because it's NOT IMPORTANT, and it's also OBVIOUS. Of course Janet will get up and off the floor. Ofcourse the other people will leave. There's no need to show any of that happening in pictures. What you need to show is (a) Janet waking up, (b) Janet safe in a corridor with people around her, and (c) Janet talking to Tony. All other things you can just tell in words. :)

I hope that helps for starters! ;D
Feel free to ask me more questions!
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