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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.




Legend of Zelda: The Edge and the Light

This is a fanfiction I did based on the "Legend of Zelda" game series from Nintendo. The story centers on Link returning to Hyrule from a long absence, only to discover the land in peril and a missing Princess Zelda. Just what is the threat to Hyrule, and why did Princess Zelda leave?

You can read all of it here.

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Fabled Kingdom - Chapter 3 - Page 4 by QueenieChan
Fabled Kingdom - Chapter 3 - Page 4
Next Page: I got Amazon's print book from Createspace yesterday, and the print quality is...not as good as Lulu's. :O I can't believe it. It looks like someone exported this in 300dpi (instead of 600dpi), which is SHOCKING. Still, I'll make this available in Amazon's store, mostly because you can use the Kindle matchbook program and get the ebook version for $1 if you buy the print version. That said, I'm steering everyone to the Lulu version though, because it has better print quality. Some people don't mind though, but I'll make a note of it. That said, the weirdest thing is that the 0.5" white stripe Amazon forced me to put into the book... is not an issue at all. It actually works BETTER than without that white stripe. Anyway, Part 2 of the ebooks are all up too, and I'm just waiting for Smashwords to approve it for the Apple store.
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You can buy this from Amazon, Smashwords (PDF), Apple iBooks
- www.queeniechan.com/store

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- www.queeniechan.com/store
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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'm currently working on "Fabled Kingdom", which is a 3-book fairytale-inspired fantasy series. It's done in comics-prose, and the second installment should be out in February 2015!

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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  • Part 2(of9): Out February 2015

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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, Tapastic, 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 

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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PoppyDraw Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah! My friends and I have all read 'The Edge and The Light' and loved it! You're amazing! I'm glad I found you!
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks! :D Good to see you all around here, and glad you liked my Zelda story! :D
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PoppyDraw Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
It's the best ever! But also emotional, I must admit, I did cry at one or two parts, but that's good! Thanks :D
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you feel so strongly about it!
Believe me, forming an emotional connection between the reader and the characters is very important to me! I'm glad I managed that it your case. :D
Feel free to have a look at my other work if you have time. :)
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Irezumizero Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hope you a wonderful Holiday! ^ - ^
Wishing you good luck with the coming New Year as well!
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QueenieChan Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aww, thanks! Wishing you a wonderful holiday season as well! A great 2015 to you! :D
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DJ-PorcelainStudios Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2014
i Did an experiment And wondered if this counts as comic
Prose
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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 Nov 20, 2014  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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