Friday, August 31, 2018

The author of The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt graphic history, Michael G. Vann, did an interview for Freakonomics Radio in 2013, which is being broadcast on US public radio stations this week. "The Cobra Effect" is airing Thursday to Thursday, time dependent on location. You can also listen to the interview here.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Brad Lansky Audio Series wins awards

Brad Lansky and the Result War, the seventh episode in Protophonic's excellent series of SF audio plays, has won gold at this year's Mark Time Awards. Dieter Zimmermann, the man behind the series, as well as the voice of Brad Lansky, received a Grand Master Award. Congratulations to all the cast and crew!

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

New Graphic History

The latest book in the Oxford University Press Graphic History Series has been published. The Great Hanoi Rat Hunt: Empire, Disease, and Modernity in French Colonial Vietnam by Michael G. Vann explores the conflicts, ironies, contradictions, and failures of French colonial Hanoi with dark humour, specifically exemplified by the story of the French colonial authorities' attempt to rid the city of rats. Find out more from Oxford University Press or Amazon.

Published: 01 June 2018
288 Pages
ISBN: 9780190602697

Friday, March 2, 2018

Comic book pages

These are the first six pages of an adaptation of Blodeuwedd's story from the Mabinogi.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Brad Lansky Audio Series Episode 7

Protophonic has released a new episode in its excellent series of science fiction audio stories: Brad Lansky and the Result War.

Read the press release (with an image of the cover art), or visit for links to buy this and previous episodes. The protophonic website also has much more about the series, with interviews and extras, and the CD inserts, including the cover art.

We did things slightly differently for the illustration for the cover for episode 7--this time, I was provided with the image of a spaceship and integrated it into my painting. The finished cover reflects the attention to detail, the focus on science, adventure, and characters, and the willingness to experiment that have distinguished the stories in the series so far.

Earth was left at a critical turning point at the end of Brad Lansky and the Rogue Era. Find out what happens next in The Result War. Trailer on SoundCloud

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Abina and the Important Men film wins awards, screens at more festivals

The animated film of Abina and the Important Men, directed by Soumyaa Behrens, has won in the animation category at the San Francisco Black Film Festival awards.

It has just been shown at Animaze - Montreal International Animation Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Feature Film.

It will be screened at International Images Film Festival for Women in Harare (26 August-2 September 2017) and at Raindance Film Festival in London (20 September-1 October).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

New graphic history: Perpetua's Journey

The latest book in the Oxford University Press series of graphic history books has just been released.

Perpetua's Journey: Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire was written by Jennifer A. Rea, Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Florida. It presents a new translation of The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity in the form of a graphic novel alongside essays which place the Passion, a prison diary written by Vibia Perpetua before her death as a Christian martyr in Carthage in 203 CE, in historical and social context.

The story is not only fascinating because of the complex, challenging choices made by Perpetua and her fellow martyrs, and the personal and societal impact of those choices, but also because it allows us access to the words of a 22-year-old woman who lived during the time of the Roman Empire, yet whose experiences still feel immediate and relatable.

You can find out more about the book at the Oxford University Press website, or on Amazon.


Artwork from Perpetua's Journey:
Faith, Gender, and Power in the Roman Empire

Publication date: July 2017
ISBN: 9780190238711
232 pages
Artwork copyright Oxford University Press