Shane W Smith


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Academaesthetics - How the Comic and Essay Can Save Each Other

"Academaesthetics is pure pleasure." Twentieth century perceptions have been unfavourable to both the essay and the comic book. There has been a steady decline in the popularity of the essay as reading material, because it is seen as lacking the emotional and aesthetic appeals of fiction. And despite persistent support for comics as an art form with limitless potential, comics are still generally regarded as one-dimensional juvenile sensationalism. Academaesthetics is an essay/comic book hybrid that analyses a number of common general perceptions and misunderstandings surrounding both the essay and the comic, and uses the contrast and similarities between the forms to suggest some new ways of understanding them. It was published in the refereed academic journal "TEXT" in October 2007.

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Undad - Chapter One

More than just another zombie story, Undad is about the challenges of being a husband and father while being (literally) dead inside. A chance encounter with a ragged homeless man leaves Brett Buckley with deep teeth marks in his arm, and a sudden ravenous hunger for living flesh. Unable to control these urges, he consumes the hamster that belongs to his son's class. Fearing that losing his family might cost him the last of his dwindling humanity, Brett must win back their love and respect, all the while attempting to find his new place in the world and reconcile his vegetarian morals with his insatiable appetite for live meat... Undad was a finalist in the 2015 Australian Shadows Awards for best graphic novel and was highly commended in the 2016 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

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ATKM - Paradiso 5

Sometimes it's impossible to mend what has been broken... Each of them is fleeing something different, but they've all come to the same place. When their ship is attacked and marooned in deep space, three dozen refugees pass the time by sharing stories. Things that have happened to them, events they've witnessed, and rumours they've heard. As time passes and despair sets in, they must rely upon each other to survive. But when the chips are down, will they all be pulling in the same direction? Featuring stories from twenty-four brilliant writers from around the world, the All The King’s Men anthology takes a look at the lives of those on the periphery, ordinary people struggling to make sense of their lives and dreams in a galaxy torn apart by civil war.

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Triumviratus - Chosen

Three times he will prove his love for her. The third time will kill him. In a world where violent magic is punished by the gods, mages have learned to use their powers for deception and manipulation. Rynold has learned this lesson better than most. Instead of openly competing for the heart of Princess Mirelda, he misuses an ancient artefact to engineer a scheme that sends her lover, Damian, on a fraudulent pilgrimage to a faraway land. His plan backfires when the artefact flares into life after centuries of dormancy, and demands that Mirelda herself go after Damian and “bring him back.” Triumviratus is a book about jealousy, self-esteem, and three desperate people whose misadventures in love bring the world to its knees.

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James Flamestar and the Stargazers

"I figured we play the music, we change the world. Just like old times..." Imagine, if you will, a world in which music is outlawed, and musicians are hunted and executed. A world in which the innocents living in the Five Capitals are held hostage by the tyranny of the Silver Empire. The Empire is too powerful - no one dares stand against them, and there's no passion left anywhere to inspire better things... Until now. With an all-star cast, including one of the biggest bands in the history of the Empire, "James Flamestar and the Stargazers" is a comic miniseries you won't want to miss.

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ATKM - Sinking Ship

Sometimes it's impossible to mend what has been broken... Each of them is fleeing something different, but they've all come to the same place. When their ship is attacked and marooned in deep space, three dozen refugees pass the time by sharing stories. Things that have happened to them, events they've witnessed, and rumours they've heard. As time passes and despair sets in, they must rely upon each other to survive. But when the chips are down, will they all be pulling in the same direction? Featuring stories from twenty-four brilliant writers from around the world, the All The King’s Men anthology takes a look at the lives of those on the periphery, ordinary people struggling to make sense of their lives and dreams in a galaxy torn apart by civil war.

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