Shane W Smith

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

COVID-19 freebies for readers!

The entire Messar Dreams graphic novel series is free for all readers until April 4!

Online live reading of my novella The Art Museum at the End of the World on April 3.

Colouring pages and a competition for the kids!

More announcements coming.

Media-friendly bio

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

Triumviratus, his latest work, is an epic fantasy graphic novel about jealousy, betrayal, and a world brought to its knees by the misadventures of three young people in love. It won the Best Fiction award in the 2019 ACT Writing and Publishing Awards.

His scripts are starting to gather accolades, including a number of finalist and semi-finalist results for an original TV pilot, and two wins for his TV spec scripts.

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)


Matchsticks 2.0 – A Black Mirror spec script (2019)
Fifteen Minutes – A BoJack Horseman spec script (2019)
Surface Tension TV pilot (2019)
Emergency Exit – A Utopia spec script (2020 – forthcoming)
A Safe Place (2020 – forthcoming)


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)



SURFACE TENSION (pilot): LA International Screenplay Awards Winter 2020 – Semi-finalist
SURFACE TENSION (pilot): Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020 – Finalist
SURFACE TENSION (pilot): NYC International Screenplay Awards – Finalist

BOJACK HORSEMAN (spec) SCRIPT: Feedback Fan Fiction Festival 2020 – Winner
BOJACK HORSEMAN (spec) SCRIPT: Houston Comedy Film Festival 2020 – Finalist

MATCHSTICKS 2.0 (spec) SCRIPT: WildSound Fantasy/Sci-Fi Screenplay Contest 2020 – Winner


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

ALL THE KING’S MEN – ACT Writing and Publishing Award for 2016 – highly commended

UNDAD – Australian Shadows Award for best graphic novel in 2015 – finalist
UNDAD – ACT Writing and Publishing Award for 2015 – highly commended

THE GAME – Aurealis Award for best illustrated work/graphic novel in 2014 – finalist

PEACEFUL TOMORROWS – Aurealis Award for best illustrated work/graphic novel in 2013 – finalist

Selected interviews and guest spots

Podcast interview with Crowdfunding Comebacks (April 2015)
“The Evolving Zombie Metaphor” at HorrorDNA (May 2015)
Podcast interview with The Modern Meltdown (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)
Interview with Meri Amber (Sept 2016)
“Writing for kids: How to write comics” at (August 2017)
“Evolving a project – the Virtues of a Daring Adaptation” at ACJ (April 2018)
ComixLaunch podcast #156: Adapting Your Comic as a TV Pitch (July 2018)
Turtleboy Podcast #32: GAMMA.CON Live – Canberra Comic Creators (August 2018)
ComixLaunch podcast #239: Australia Burns (Feb 2020)
WildSound Sci-Fi and Fantasy Film Festival interview (March 2020)

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