READERSVOICE.COM aims to collect a few interesting reading tips. For this issue, I caught a few artists, writers, directors and voice actors giving talks at various sessions at Supanova, which is a comic-con-style event. It mainly focuses on the scifi and fantasy genres....

It was a real buzz meeting Keir Dullea and talking to him about Bunny Lake is Missing, the 1965 British thriller he acted in with Laurence Olivier. Of course, he’s mostly known for starring in 2001: A Space Odyssey. But he has an interesting understated acting style all round. Being able to talk to people like that is one of the things I like about Supanova. You can ask the best artists and writers about their work. These comic con-style events are usually open to people of varying political views, too, and that sort of heterogeneity is healthy.

Zero-Point is an animation series about an indigenous superhero who has to uncover a vast government conspiracy. All four episodes of Zero-Point, Season Zero, will be released on January 24. Jonathon Saunders, who is the creator, co-writer and director, said he didn’t want a forced indigenous character for the superhero: the character just happens to be indigenous. He didn’t like how some minority or other characters were often included as “props” in movies. They didn’t feel connected to the story. He also touches on historic events in Australia but he said he didn’t want to be ham-fisted about it, and kept it subtle.
He used Toonboom Harmony to make the animation. Eclipse Studio Paints was another cheaper program he liked.
He had a great interest in comics, from Marvel and DC superheroes to manga, and he liked anime, which are Japanese cartoons. He liked Watchmen, the comics and the film ( he said the director’s cut was better). He liked The Dark Night Returns, a four-part 1986 comic series by Frank Miller, and Batman: Year One by the same author. He liked the comic Superman: Secret Identity by Kurt Busiek. He also liked Appleseed written and drawn by Masamune Shirow, the creator of Ghost in the Shell, which Mr Saunders also liked. Neon Genesis – Evangelion by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto was another manga favorite. For some of Mr Saunders’ recommendations for novels and non-fiction books, see the next page.

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