Sunday, January 16, 2011


Above: The official cover for Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang. Copyright Ant Sang 2011.

Firstly, Happy New Year everyone! I'm going to kick things off with a reveal of the first big New Zealand graphic novel for 2011:
Shaolin Burning by Ant Sang!

Coming out on the first of February from
HarperCollins, it's 192 pages of epic adventure for only $24.99, available from all leading bookstores (ISBN: 9781869508135).

Here's the official synopsis:

Old China like you've never seen before. SHAOLIN BURNING is an exciting, modern take on kung fu mythology; a fusion of punked-up street culture and Chinese tradition. When the Shaolin Temple is destroyed by the Emperor's army, only five monks manage to escape alive. Or so the legend goes.

But few know the story of the sixth, Monk Who Doubts, who turns his back on the Buddhist path and embarks on a bloody trail of revenge, culminating in a devastating showdown with the Emperor's forces. Fewer still know the story of Deadly Plum Blossom. Unwanted at birth, she is rescued and raised by a Shaolin nun. Trained all her life in a new fighting style, she is determined to prove herself, and sets off to challenge the most dangerous man in China.

SHAOLIN BURNING is a graphic novel about two very different kung-fu fighters, whose lives intersect as they are offered self-discovery through the wisdom of martial arts, in a masterful interweaving of kung-fu myths and legends.

About the Author:

As one of the original key creatives of bro’Town, ANT SANG was responsible for designing the characters and locations of the show for its entire five series. In 2006 and 2008 he won the Achievement in Production Design award at the Air New Zealand and Qantas Screen Awards for his work on the show. His previous comic book series, The Dharma Punks, received awards, rave reviews, and a cult following in New Zealand. Ant Sang lives and works in Auckland.

Stay tuned for more exclusive coverage of this book in the next few weeks, and you can also catch-up by reading some of my earlier behind-the-scenes interviews with Ant, looking at his creative process and the genesis of this project HERE and HERE. For more updates, be sure to join the official SHAOLIN BURNING Facebook page found HERE and visit Ant Sang's website HERE.


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