WIN a shopping date with a comic artist

WIN a shopping date with a comic artist

We’re giving you the chance to WIN a shopping date with one of two of Australia’s leading artists in comics, PLUS $300 worth of gift vouchers to spend!

Every year in May we put together a month-long celebration of comics, kicking off with the legendary Kino Free Comic Book Day, awesome discount offers and much more. This time around, we’re asking for YOUR help to build the absolute best month of comics, ever!

Here at Kino, we know comics. Every year, we give you our favourite picks with personalised recommendations. This year, though, we want to do things a little differently. This year, we’d like to hear from YOU.

It’s easy to know what the popular titles are, what’s on the bestseller list… but what about the graphic novels and manga that maybe aren’t the more obvious choices? We want you to let us know about the best graphic novels we haven’t read. Your recommendation could be chosen as one of our highlights during Comics Month in May!

So, for your chance to WIN a once-in-a-lifetime shopping date with either superstar graphic novel artist David Yardin or mangaka extraordinaire Queenie Chan PLUS $300 to spend, download and complete this entry form, and either drop it in store at the Comics Information Counter or email it to us at: promotions-aus@kinokuniya.com

The question:

What is the best, most underrated graphic novel or manga you’ve read in the past 12 months? Tell us why you loved it and why we should read it.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 

david+artDavid Yardin has been illustrating comics professionally for 17 years. The son of Mauritian immigrants, David was born, raised, and is based in Sydney, Australia.

He got his start in the industry after studying under Whilce Portacio in the Philippines in 1999. He has since had his work published by Image Comics, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Boom Studios, and Valiant Comics.

Best known for his 4-year run as the regular cover artist on X-Factor, David’s most recent credits include DC Comics’ Injustice: Gods Among Us and Marvel Comics’  Civil War II: X-Men, and Extraordinary X-Men. David has also provided promotional artwork for many of Marvel’s recent film releases: Marvel’s The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, and Doctor Strange. David is currently the regular cover artist on Jean Grey.

 

queenie+artQueenie Chan was born in 1980 in Hong Kong, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. 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 several single-volume graphic novels with best-selling author Dean Koontz for his Odd Thomas series of novels. In 2012, she worked with author Kylie Chan on the comics-prose book Small Shen, a prequel to the best-selling White Tiger fantasy series. After that, she worked on several anthologies and created a 3-book fairytale-inspired fantasy series called Fabled Kingdom. She is currently working on a 2nd collection of short ghost stories.

 

 

COMPETITION TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Competition closes 29 March 2017. Multiple competition entries per person will be accepted. Only winners will be notified, via email, by 30 April 2017. 1 of 2 shopping dates to be won with either David Yardin or Queenie Chan at Books Kinokuniya, The Galeries Level 2, 500 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000. Each date includes a $300 gift voucher to be spent in store only at Books Kinokuniya Sydney. Winners under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or provided written permission by parent or legal guardian if unaccompanied. Shopping date to be arranged by agreement with Books Kinokuniya Sydney and the artists, within 60 days of winners’ notification. If no suitable time can be agreed upon by all parties within this timeframe, Books Kinokuniya reserves the right to select an alternative winner. Books Kinokuniya reserves the right to rescind all prizes, with reasonable notification, without given reason. By entering this competition the entrant agrees to Books Kinokuniya’s store terms and conditions, gift voucher terms and conditions, and grants Books Kinokuniya Australia permission to subscribe the entrant to their e-newsletter mailing list (from which the entrant can unsubscribe at any time). By entering the competition the entrant agrees to grant Books Kinokuniya Australia permission to publish their graphic novel or manga review along with first name only for display in store at Books Kinokuniya Sydney, on Books Kinokuniya social media pages and online on www.kinokuniya.com.au or https://australia.kinokuniya.com for promotional use.

 

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  1. Andrew Heung says:

    Original Deadman series from the 80s. It had the best origin story and also incorporated Batman and some good them off Boston’s change in personality from douche to hero.

  2. Richard Golgowsky says:

    The trade paper back of the series I’ve selected hasn’t been released yet but I’ve been reading the single issues as they’ve come out.
    The Flintstones by DC comics, written by Mark Russell and drawn by Steve Pugh is the most underrated series currently being released. You may laugh, or roll your eyes at this suggestion but allow me to convince you.
    The Flintstones acts as a back drop for Russell to make social commentary about our lifestyles and society and it is done in such a clever and impactful way. Subjects like gay marriage, capitalism, PTSD, war veterans, racism and family are all highlighted in this amazing satirical comic.
    I actually gave copies of this series to my grooms men as part of my wedding that’s how highly I rate this series. Don’t
    let your preconceived notions of this Hanna-Barbera classic stop you from reading the cleverest comic currently out there. There are moments are tragerty and great tenderness to be found here. I tell everyone who will listen about this series because it deserves and needs to be talked about more. The secret origin of the term Yabba-dabba-do will change the way you look at Fred Flintstone. This comic make actually force yourself to take at look at how you live your life and what other comic out there can does that? Yes there are better ongoing narrative comics at the moment (Saga, Thor, Southern Basterds). But none of them are dripping in the shear intelligence and satire that this one is.
    This comic highlights the power of this medium, where a writer can take a seemly silly concept and turn it into a political or philosophical soapbox. Volume 1 of the Flintstones is coming out on the 28th March and I will be waiting outside Kinokuniya that day to get my copy. You should too.

  3. Richard Golgowsky says:

    The trade paper back of the series I’ve selected hasn’t been released yet but I’ve been reading the single issues as they’ve come out.
    The Flintstones by DC comics, written by Mark Russell and drawn by Steve Pugh is the most underrated series currently being released. You may laugh, or roll your eyes at this suggestion but allow me to convince you.
    The Flintstones acts as a back drop for Russell to make social commentary about our lifestyles and society in general. It is done in such a clever and impactful way. Subjects like gay marriage, capitalism, PTSD, war veterans, racism and family are all highlighted in this amazing satirical comic.
    I actually gave copies of this series to my grooms men as part of my wedding that’s how highly I rate this series. Don’t
    let your preconceived notions of this Hanna-Barbera classic stop you from reading the smartest comic currently out there. There are moments of tragerty and great tenderness to be found here. I tell everyone who will listen about this series because it deserves and needs to be talked about more. The secret origin of the term Yabba-dabba-do will change the way you look at Fred Flintstone. This comic may actually force you to take at look at how you live your life and what other comic does that?
    Yes there are better ongoing narrative comics at the moment (Saga, Thor, Southern Basterds). But none of them are dripping in the shear intelligence and satire that this one is.
    This comic highlights the power of this medium, where a writer can take a seemly silly concept and turn it into a political or philosophical soapbox. Volume 1 of the Flintstones is coming out on the 28th March and I will be waiting outside Kinokuniya that day to get my copy. You should too.

    1. Kinokuniya Australia says:

      Hi Richard,

      Thanks for the great recommendation!
      Please make sure you email us an official entry! Link to download the entry form is in the post above. Please complete it and send it to us at: promotions-aus@kinokuniya.com so that we can consider your entry!

      Thanks
      Kino

  4. Athene Luo says:

    Genkaku no Picasso is definitely the one manga that I love so much but no one knows it aside from the friend who recommended it to me. It’s just so good. It really spoke to me. I ended up really caring about every single character that was explored, especially by the last volume. For a three volume series it really packs a punch!!! So good.

    1. Athene Luo says:

      I really hope anyone interested in this competition will read my comment, PLEASE READ GENKAKU NO PICASSO

    2. Kinokuniya Australia says:

      Hi Athene,

      Thanks for the great recommendation!
      Please make sure you email us an official entry! Link to download the entry form is in the post above. Please complete it and send it to us at: promotions-aus@kinokuniya.com so that we can consider your entry!

      Thanks
      Kino

  5. Martin Gray says:

    Charley’s war. A reprint of the classic British Battle comic stories from the 80s. Brilliant storylines and character development. I spent ten years trying to find it in Australia pre-eBay days. Can’t wait to read the WW2 Sequel.

  6. Jenny Tan says:

    Kill six billion demons by Tom Parkinson Morgan features an unwilling lead protagonist named Allison who well…has to kill six billion demons after having had a key of Kings thrusted upon her, accidentally. On the way she befriends a lot of crazies including a blue demon named Cio, who besides being a kleptomanic and compulsive liar, starts writing fanfics involving the reluctant Allison. Other friendlies involve an angel called White Chain (full name being 82 white chain born), Princess-Mamoru-Moonshine-Jagermeister-Jack-Daniels-Timothy-Tim-Bill-Freddy-Mercury-blueberry-luna-esquire (fan named) and a fantastic mixed cast of characters. There is also Character development of the organic type, visually and internally. Allison loses her long blonde locks and starts rocking scars and a short brown bob, she goes from truely scared to kickass wielder of names. There is a surprising amount of Sailormoon reference, which can only be for the best. Gods fall, demons are named…or sometimes lose their names and form . Also the art style is amazing! There has been a lot of love and care dedicated into the character design and the culture inspirations involves east and west flavours. Take one look and you will instantly fall into this rabbit hole.

    1. Kinokuniya Australia says:

      Hi Jenny,

      Thanks for the great recommendation!
      Please make sure you email us an official entry! Link to download the entry form is in the post above. Please complete it and send it to us at: promotions-aus@kinokuniya.com so that we can consider your entry!

      Thanks
      Kino

  7. Jamie-Lee Turner says:

    So, a comic I absolutely love, that I believe to be highly underrated it Tomo-chan Wa Onnanoko! It has to be my favourite, simply because it feels real.
    It is super easy to read with two or three panel chapters, and while the story jumps around from scene to scene, it is still fluid. the characters are believeable and even remind me of the relationships I have with some of my friends.
    It explores the perspectives of everyone on a small circle of friends and provides insight into what these friends actually think of each other and why they take the actions they do.
    One of the characters make seemingly selfish choices, that actually serves a purpose to further the friendship of two others.

    It sounds really complex the way I explained it, but its actually a simple, straightforward read that as so much depth to it. I think it wil always stay with me :)