Fu Manchu Poster

Artwork credit: © W Chew Chan, 2016


There’s storytelling gold to be unearthed by the canny authorial prospector—it’s hidden in “Classic” literature, legend, or historical narrative, and also in that out of copyright old TV show, comic book or movie. Great stories and memorable characters can enjoy powerful revivals or re-imaginings of your own devising if you know how to adapt the source material. These types of projects come with a powerful in-built marketing element – A PRE-EXISTING RECOGNITION FACTOR – that can catapult your writing reputation years ahead…

…But only if you adapt well and wisely, choosing the fresh and not the outdated understanding of what’s public domain and what’s not, as well as respecting the original treatment so that your effort doesn’t alienate and anger pre-existing fan-bases. In this workshop Christopher Sequeira will show you how he’s adapted works from other mediums successfully, so you can do the same.

Who Should Attend

This masterclass is ideal if you are:

  • comics creator who wants to adapt a work from another medium into comics, but doesn’t know where to start
  • An author or illustrator who wants to learn how to adapt previously published or screened material with responsibility, sensitivity and respect
  • An independent publisher who wants to leverage the recognition factor of previously published or screened material in order to build your list and attract a new readership.

What You Will Learn

This masterclass will give you insights into:

  • Deciding whether to re-tell a story, tell a new story with established characters, or both
  • Establishing where to be faithful to the source material… except when you’re not!
  • Determining your project length and format
  • Understanding the adaptation process… what to leave out and what to leave in
  • Partnering with other artists that play to you strengths
  • Understanding copyright, subsidiary rights, and other legal issues before you start
  • Creating a marketing plan to leverage existing fans and attract new ones.


Chris Sequeira HeadshotAbout the Presenter

Christopher Sequeira is a writer and editor who specialises in mystery, horror, science fiction and superheroes. Chris has been published in Australia, Italy, the UK, the USA and Canada. He has written scripts for flagship superhero comic-book brands such as Justice League Adventures for DC Entertainment, as well as Iron Man and X-Men stories for Marvel Entertainment. For Dynamite Entertainment, with his friend, super-star writer, Mark Waid, he wrote a two-part tale of Justice, Inc. – The Avenger, a new story of a high-octane pre-war fiction hero near and dear to both scribes’ hearts to celebrate the 70s paperback reprints they enjoyed as kids. Chris has also created dozens of original characters and edited and published comics in Australia.

Chris has an extensive track record of adapting characters from non-comics formats into sequential narrative formats. His work on Dark Detective: Sherlock Holmes with Oscar-winner Dave Elsey, as well as world-respected Sherlockian artist Phil Cornell, was a critical hit. Furthermore, his team-up with artist Paul Mason brought Victorian novel series villain Doctor Nikola back to life, and his forthcoming licensed venture with W Chew Chan of one of the greatest literary characters in adventure fiction – The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu – will continue his cycle of modernising the oldest icons of fiction. Chris is also currently completed editing duties on a number of anthologies that have international literary agency representation, one being Cthulhu: Deep Down Under, and the other being an intriguing take on Sherlock Holmes that has attracted such notable genre writers as Denny O’Neill, Nancy Holder and Will Murray on the strength of Chris’s idea alone. Chris also has three original anthologies before Australian publishers via his Australian literary agent.

Event Information

Date: Saturday 4 June 2016
Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
Duration: 2 hours
Venue: The Dash Bar, Harold Park Hotel, 70A Ross Street, Forest Lodge NSW 2037
(02) 9660 4745
Format: Face to face (theory plus practical)
Audience: Age: 15+
Category: Creative development
Level: Emerging, developing and established comics creators, authors and illustrators
Materials to Bring: Pen, pencil, notebook, and / or computer to take notes
Investment: Please find following our fee structure:

  • The Comics Voice Ezine Subscribers: $57
  • Partner organisation – Australian Cartoonists’ Association (ACA), Australian Society of Authors (ASA), Australian Writers Network (AWN), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Sydney Comics Guild (SCG): $77
  • Full: $97

Further Information: Email or phone (02) 9606 4728 or 0412 445 511.Registration


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