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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....

I’d always liked Keir Dullea’s understated acting style. And recently I’d watched one of his movies on tv: Bunny Lake is Missing. And there he was at Supanova, Brisbane, at the autograph tables. He was sitting near his 2001: A Space Odyssey costar Gary Lockwood. It was the 50th anniversary of the Stanley Kubrick classic.
It was a buzz getting to talk to Mr Dullea. He was a nice guy. I told him I’d recently watched Bunny Lake is Missing. He told me about how kind Laurence Olivier had been to him, when they acted together in the 1965 thriller.
Being able to talk to people like that is one of the best things 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. They’re also great for collecting some reading suggestions.
Animator Jonathon Saunders gave me a lot of comics and novel reading suggestions. He is the creator, co-writer and director of Zero-Point, 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. Mr Saunders 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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