Queenie Chan

Biography

Queenie Chan was born in Hong Kong in 1980, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Information Systems, but didn’t follow that career path due to graduating in the middle of the dot-com bust (2004). In 2004, she began drawing a 3-volume mystery-horror series called “The Dreaming” for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP. To date, it has been translated into multiple languages.

She has since collaborated on three New York Times best-selling graphic novels with author Dean Koontz. As prequels to his “Odd Thomas” series of novels, they are called “In Odd We Trust”, “Odd Is On Our Side” and “House of Odd”. In 2009, she also provided art for the “Boys Book of Positive Quotations“, by best-selling inspirational author Steve Deger. In 2012, she collaborated with author Kylie Chan for "Small Shen," a comics-prose prequel to the best-selling Chinese Fantasy series "White Tiger".

She is currently living in Sydney, Australia, and working on a fairytale-inspired fantasy story called "Fabled Kingdom". The story will be in comics-prose format and is a 3-book series.

Smashwords Interview

So you're a comic book artist who also writes prose?
Yes, that's exactly right. I write prose novels, and I write and draw comics. I also write and draw 'comics-prose', which is a mix of prose and comics, much like illustrated prose, except that the prose and the images are integrated together in a single narrative. I treat 'comics-prose' like a prose novel (and puts these works into the prose section), but at the end of the day, it's all story-telling. Which is what we're all here for - a good story told well.

If one were to ask me what the difference between prose novels and traditional comics is, I'll have to say that they're too different to be compared. Both tell fabulous stories, but work such different areas of the reader's brains that to suddenly jump from one to the other can be disconcerting. That's only if you've never read comics though - thanks to the internet, visual literacy amongst the young is at an all-time high, and many people have no trouble reading and understanding comics. For those who struggle, there's always comics-prose and illustrated prose.
Tell us about your publisher, Bento Comics.
Bento Comics is an artist's collective that six friends and I formed in 2010. At first, we focused on short story collections and making them available in print-on-demand format, but this turned out to be very difficult due to technological constraints. Eventually, we had to shut it down, and we didn't do much for a while - we were unable to, because e-books for comics had yet to come into its own. When the e-book boom happened in 2010, I tried making my own comic EPUBs and submitting them to the Apple iBookstore, but was soundly rejected, mostly because they did not publish comics back then. I was very dejected, and didn't look into comics publishing again until late 2013, when a friend (who wrote prose fiction) recommended Smashwords to me.

I joined Smashwords in August 2013 and was skeptical at first, but it turned out that had just expanded their file sizes to allow 10 MB files. I was very surprised that they had a very good converter, one that was able to convert a bunch of comic pages in a Microsoft Word document into readable EPUB and PDF format (though not Amazon MOBI format). Above all, the service was free, and it ran very smoothly and efficiently, with a generous division of profits to the creators. After making my first few sales via Smashwords, I was thrilled by it and started recommending it to my artist friends. I suggested to them to restart Bento Comics again, this time as an e-book creator and distributor with a print-on-demand option. We would set up as a publisher and a storefront for Bento Comics on Smashwords, and direct traffic from our Bento Comics website to here.

It's amazing that Smashwords provides such a valuable service and is FREE, even for those acting as publishers. I feel very happy to have found Smashwords, and my friends and I are looking forward to running a small publishing outfit here.
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Where to find Queenie Chan online


Where to buy in print


Books

Fabled Kingdom [Part 9of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 320. Language: English. Published: October 3, 2016 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
*P9/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C18-19* The battle has begun, and it's over faster than anyone could have imagined. The aftermath of the battle is what's truly surprising though, as Celsia seeks out her place in Fallinor and as a Pendraig. The last part of her journey begins when she goes to her second destination--Summerstone, the kingdom of Summer--to meet her other grandmother, the 'White Queen'...
Fabled Kingdom [Part 8of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 310. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2016 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
*P8/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C16-17* Celsia may have found out many revelations about the queen, but that doesn't mean that what she knows is true. In order to seek the REAL truth, she decides to question the Summerens who have been held prisoner by Briar Rose in the castle's notorious "Red Cells." Little does she know what's in store for her...
Fabled Kingdom [Part 7of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 320. Language: English. Published: January 31, 2016 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
*P7/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C14-15* Slaying a troll was easy, but what comes ahead will be hard! Celsia returns to the city of Tandia to discover that emissaries from the kingdom of Summerstone have arrived - and they are rumored to have been sent by the 'White Queen.' This may be exactly the thing Celsia is looking for, but sadly, disaster struck first...
Fabled Kingdom [Part 6of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 310. Language: English. Published: October 31, 2015 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
*P6/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C12-13* A fateful decision at a celebration held by the queen will soon determine whether someone will live or die! Celsia may have made a crucial mistake, but she has the chance to redeem herself and the person on trial if she will become his champion, and slay a fearsome mountain troll. Accompanied by Quillon and Pylus, will she succeed at her quest?
Fabled Kingdom [Part 5of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 320. Language: English. Published: July 8, 2015 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Manga, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
*P5/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C10-11* With Celsia settling into her routine at Castle Roserock, she starts to probe into the history of the Pendraig royal family. As she begins to understand the complexity of the Pendraigs and the politics of the surrounding areas, a different picture emerges. Ultimately, this will lead to a decision on whether she wants to be a part of Fallinor or not...
Fabled Kingdom [Part 4of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 310. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2015 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Manga, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
*This is PART 4 of the "Fabled Kingdom" series. It contains chapters 8-9 (of 21)* The "Fabled Kingdom" has awoken, along with its famed queen. The queen is immediately interested in Celsia, but has doubts about her claims of lineage. She will only accept Celsia as her granddaughter if she is able to prove that she is a blood relation in a special test -- with frightful consequences if she fails.
Fabled Kingdom [Part 3of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 310. Language: English. Published: March 26, 2015 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
*P3/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C6-7* After a long and arduous journey, Celsia, Pylus and Quillon have finally arrived at the Fabled Kingdom of Fallinor. They immediately discover the city of Tandia within its depths, but a curse still hangs over the kingdom. As they venture deeper into the city and climb its highest tower, what will be there waiting for them?
Fabled Kingdom [Part 2of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: $1.59 USD. Words: 320. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2015 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Manga
*P2/10ofFABLED KINGDOM, C4-6* After being separated from Quillon, Celsia and her newfound faun companion Pylus are now lost in the woods. While looking for sanctuary, they unexpectedly find a Gingerbread house, but are its occupants friend or foe? Then there is the matter of quest to find her two true born grandmothers. Will she ever escape the woods, and find her way to the Fabled Kingdom?
Fabled Kingdom [Part 1of10]
Series: Fabled Kingdom. Price: Free! Words: 330. Language: English. Published: October 28, 2014 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Manga, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fantasy
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*COMICS-PROSE, C1-3* Celsia is a ‘Red Hood,’ a young healer living with her grandmother in a village deep in the woods. Life was ordinary and, until the day a shocking truth is uncovered–Celsia’s grandmother isn’t her REAL grandmother. Forced to flee her village, Celsia is soon on a quest to seek her two TRUEBORN grandmothers–one of whom is a powerful queen who rules the magical 'Fabled Kingdom'
Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 17,780. Language: English. Published: July 13, 2014 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
*COMICS-PROSE+PROSE* Trapped in an elevator with a murdered man. A woman's foot savaged by something as she reads ghost stories late at night. A boy flees from a battlefield, only to be swallowed by a tree. A starving family struggles to stay civilised... and more. Here are 4 spine-chilling, 'Twilight Zone'-esque stories illustrated in COMICS-PROSE, with another 4 in PROSE-ONLY format.
Short Ghost Stories: The Man with the Axe in his Back [Prose-Only]
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 31,520. Language: English. Published: July 11, 2014 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Anthologies » Horror
*PROSE-ONLY EDITION* Trapped in an elevator with a murdered man. A woman's foot savaged by something as she reads ghost stories late at night. A boy flees from a battlefield, only to be swallowed by a tree. A starving family struggles to stay civilised... and more. Here are 8 spine-chilling, 'Twilight Zone'-esque short stories for you to read in the late hours of the night.
Queenie Chan: Short Stories 2000-2010
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 210. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2014 by Bento Comics. Categories: Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Anthologies, Fiction » Anthologies » Graphic novels/comics/manga
A nun detective? A haunted elevator? A two-dollar romance? A scent merchant? And many more... Featuring a decade of her best work, this anthology of short manga stories from writer-artist Queenie Chan ("The Dreaming", "Odd Thomas" graphic novels, "Small Shen") features 166-pages and 11 short stories ranging from horror to romance, to adventure and fantasy.
Fractured Neverland: We Are The Pickwicks
Price: Free! Words: 1,360. Language: English. Published: July 26, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories, Fiction » Graphic novels & comics » Fantasy
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Have you ever wondered about the neighbours of Wendy Darling and her brothers? Each Spring, when the Darling children flew off to Neverland with Peter Pan, what happened to their neighbours THE PICKWICKS? Find out in this short, illustrated prose story!

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