"This interpretation of The Tempest offers a profoundly satisfying reading experience... the clarity with which both action and meaning comes across is exceptional.
The pacing and use of imagery for contemplation enhances the understanding of the play, asking the reader to take time to think through specific ideas and moments in the action. ...
The drawing employs sweeping and dramatic lines and the initial color pages establish the overall atmosphere well. As with the characterization, the geography of the island is well realized and the map outlines both space and journeys, so helping to frame what happens in the play."
- Dr Mel Gibson, Children's Literature specialist, WriteAway.com (July 2008)
“WE ARE SUCH STUFF AS DREAMS ARE MADE ON,” Prospero tells his spellbound captives. Prospero, robbed of his dukedom, has been marooned for many years on a wild island with his daughter Miranda. Now, finally, he applies his magic skills to contrive a shipwreck and take revenge on his usurping brother and the faction who exiled him. Prospero summons spirits to bewitch and torment the castaways, but it is the greater power of love which triumphs in a happy ending.
Shakespeare’s tale of fantasy has fascinated audiences for centuries and is retold in a future not so far from now, after a global energy crisis plunges mankind into a second Dark Age.
Paul Duffield is an illustrator and animator who takes influence from a fusion of manga and European comics. After graduating from a BA in animation at Kingston, he went on to win both Tokyopop's Rising Stars of Manga, and the International Manga and Anime Festival grand prizes, and is now at work on several upcoming publications. His current projects include a collaboration with Kate Brown, artist for A Midsummer Night's Dream, and a short story in Best New Manga 2, a compliation of cutting edge manga from around the world. Paul's sights are set on future where he can work on English manga and anime that rival the quality of those we see from Japan today.