Mack attack

Mack attack

Writer-illustrator David Mack has been a geek byword for gritty and gorgeous art ever since he published the iconic graphic novel Kabuki 19 years ago.

Kabuki could soon be on movie screens, with none other than cult graphic novelist Neil Gaiman signing up earlier this month as executive producer of the film version, Mack says in an interview before he arrives for the Singapore Toy, Game and Comic Convention on Aug 31 and Sept 1.

It will be his first visit to Singapore.

Kabuki is named for the lead character, a contemporary female ninja embroiled in deadly corporate espionage. One of the best examples of the literary graphic novel, it is no typical action story, but a complex journey into the psyche of Kabuki, who is scarred by her past and an unreliable narrator.

The Kabuki film is backed by Commonwealth Film Manufacturing, a Los Angeles- based company co-run by Gaiman's assistant Cat Mihos.

Getting Gaiman on board is part of a recent winning streak for Mack, who turns 41 this October.

Before this, the film rights to Kabuki languished with HBO and Fox for over a decade before the artist bought them back in 2005, hoping to move more quickly on his own steam.

He is also being taken seriously in the art world and had brush-and-ink life drawings displayed late last month alongside the art of symbolist Gustav Klimt and illustrator Toulouse-Lautrec at the Century Guild Gallery in Los Angeles.

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