Nicki Greenberg in Conversation with Shaun Tan

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“Hamlet is a play that engenders obsession,” according to graphic novelist Nicki Greenberg. It took her years to re-imagine one of Shakespeare’s best-known plays as a series of ink blots. With fellow illustrator Shaun Tan along for the ride, Greenberg takes us through her sketchbooks, plans and initial sketches that became the final novel. It makes for a fascinating encounter with two of Australia’s greatest writer/illustrators as they look at how Hamlet can be a punkish blob, why the main characters have removable faces and how you can draw the ghost of Hamlet’s father.