Shane Walsh-Smith

Welcome to the website of Australian graphic novelist, screenwriter, artist and editor Shane Walsh-Smith!

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Shane Walsh-Smith is an award-winning Australian graphic novelist and screenwriter who works across a broad spectrum of genre fiction. His books (written under his pen name Shane W Smith) have been shortlisted for awards a total of six times, including twice for the fan-favourite Undad.

His epic fantasy graphic novel, Triumviratus, a story about jealousy, betrayal, and a world brought to its knees by the misadventures of three young people in love, was the first graphic novel ever to win the Best Fiction award in the ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

His TV scripts have either won or placed in more than twenty competitions so far in 2020.

Shane has a Bachelor degree in Creative Writing, and might be the only person in the world to get a comic published in a refereed academic journal. He lives in Australia with his wife and four young children.

Publications and Creative works

Long books

Academaesthetics (2007)
The Lesser Evil (2011/12, 2017 remaster)
Peaceful Tomorrows (2013, 2017 remaster)
The Game (2014)
James Flamestar and the Stargazers (2014)
Undad (2015)
Undad – Volume Two (2015)
All The King’s Men (2016)
Triumviratus (2018)
Undad – Volume Three (2020)

How to obtain one of Shane’s graphic novels


Matchsticks 2.0 (2019)
Fifteen Minutes – a BoJack Horseman spec script (2019)
Surface Tension TV pilot – Let Them Eat Cake (2020)
Emergency Exit – a Utopia spec script (2020)
Legacy – a Farscape spec script (2020)
Cut to Care – A Safe Place (2020 – forthcoming)

Request to read one of Shane’s scripts


Line in the Sand – video game demo (2015)

Short pieces

Custard (2006 FIRST – Vertebrae)
Parlour Tricks (2012)
Pestilence (2012) (with Gavin Thomson)
I Am Become Death (2013)
Killeroo: Gangwar (with Darren Close and Dan Gibbs) (2012-2017)
Exposure (2014)
A Moment In Time – Tango With Orangos (2015)
The Cold Light of Day: Australia Burns (March 2020)



LA International Screenplay Awards Winter 2020 – Semi-finalist
Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020 – Finalist
NYC International Screenplay Awards – Finalist
Portland Comedy Film Festival Summer 2020 – Finalist*
New York International Screenplay Awards 2020 – Semi-Finalist
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2020 – Finalist
Etowah Film Festival – Official selection*
Scriptation Showcase 2020 – Semi-finalist
Filmmatic Comedy Screenplay Awards – Semi-finalist
Inroads Fellowship 2020 – Finalist
ISA Pitch Challenge – Finalist
Imaginarium Convention Screenplay Awards 2020 – Finalist*
AFIN International Film Festival 2020 – Finalist*
Screenplay Festival 2020 – Semi-Finalist*

WildSound Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest 2020 – Winner
Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition 2020 – Finalist
AFIN International Film Festival 2020 – Semi-finalist
Top Indie Film Awards 2020 – Nominee
Underground Indie Film Festival 2020 – Official Selection

FIFTEEN MINUTES (BoJack Horseman spec)
Feedback Fan Fiction Festival 2020 – Winner
Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020 – Finalist
Portland Comedy Film Festival Summer 2020 – Finalist*
Austin Comedy Short Film Festival 2020 – Finalist

*final results still pending


ACT Writing and Publishing Awards for 2018 – Winner (Best Fiction)

ACT Writing and Publishing Award for 2016 – Highly commended

Australian Shadows Award for best graphic novel in 2015 – Finalist
ACT Writing and Publishing Award for 2015 – Highly commended

Aurealis Award for best illustrated work/graphic novel in 2014 – Finalist

Aurealis Award for best illustrated work/graphic novel in 2013 – Finalist

Selected interviews and guest spots

“The Evolving Zombie Metaphor” at HorrorDNA (May 2015)
Interview with QRD (June 2015)
Interview for Comic Con-Versation (June 2016)
Podcast interview for So You Want To Be A Writer (June 2016)
“Writing for kids: How to write comics” (August 2017)
ComixLaunch #156: Adapting Your Comic as a TV Pitch (July 2018)
ComixLaunch podcast #239: Australia Burns (Feb 2020)
WildSound Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival interview (March 2020)
#sparkchamber interview (June 2020)
Scriptapalooza finalist interview (August 2020)
Read Local author conversation with Libraries ACT (September 2020)
Etowah Film Festival interview (September 2020)

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