Hamlet: A Graphic Tale
With F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby under her belt, graphic novellist Nicki Greenberg turned her hand to Shakespeare. In conversation with celebrated illustrator Shaun Tan, Nicki discusses how she brought Hamlet to life - this time, cast as an inkblot.
Greenberg and Tan cover artistic and technical ground, exploring the use of black framing as a storytelling space, explaining how they arrive at their characterisations and considering the ways in which filmic flow exists on the pages of a graphic novel.
Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her first books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. They sold more than 380,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand.
Shaun Tan grew up in Perth and works as an artist, writer and film-maker in Melbourne, best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through dream-like imagery. The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the graphic novel The Arrival have been widely translated throughout the world and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, a concept artist for Pixar and won an Academy Award for the short animated film The Lost Thing. In 2011 he received the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, in recognition of his services to literature for young people. His most recent books are Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones (September 2015).