Friday, April 8, 2016

New Release: Island to Island

The new graphic novel, Island to Island, is the unique product of a joint initiative between the Publishers Association of New Zealand, the Taipei Book Fair Foundation and the New Zealand Book Council in the form of a Graphic Novelists Exchange: which gave three cartoonists from New Zealand and three cartoonists from Taiwan the opportunity to collaborate and produce a graphic novel together.

In October 2014, Taiwanese cartoonists Sean Chuang (The Window), 61Chi (Room) and Ahn Zhe (The Dream Under the Bed) came to New Zealand to meet and collaborate with local cartoonists Tim Gibson (Moth City), Rachel Fenton (Three Words) and Ant Sang (The Dharma Punks). The following February saw the NZ cartoonists join their collaborators in  Taiwan to continue working on the project and attend the Taipei International Book Fair 2015, at which New Zealand was a Guest of Honour.

The finished result of this cultural exchange is Island to Island, a large format graphic novel in which the six cartoonists share stories with each other in a series of 18 interlocking tales, that can be read separately, but read as a whole form a unique visual conversation between six artists across two cultures.

Island to Island is available to order now from Upstart Press Distribution, by emailing:

Island to Island
200 pages, 297x210
RRP: 45.00NZ
ISBN: 9789866634567

- AK!

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