"as its point of inspiration, the delightful and whimsical creations of Shaun Tan’s art and fiction in Tales from Outer Suburbia. Sprawl is intended to be a book that glimpses into the brightest dreams and darkest fears of modern Australia."Shaun Tan's marvellous and thoughtful art and fiction should become classics. His every line has emotional substance—whimsy, sadness, joy, poignancy, hope, regret, trepidation and the spirit of adventure; mystery, surprise, and enormous beauty are as common and expectable in Tan's work, as rabbits in a healthy warren.
The magic vintage that never upends as "empty"
Twelfth Planet Press should soon be known as a sprightly little producer with refreshingly quirked taste. Sprawl should be typical—too insidiously appealing to cellar in dusty book stacks of should-reads. And too good to consume just once.
My story in Sprawl is "Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of Paradise".
Sprawl non-final Table of Contents
Liz Argall/Matt Huynh - Seed Dreams (comic)
Peter Ball - One Saturday Night, With Angel
Deborah Biancotti - Never Going Home
Simon Brown - Sweep
Stephanie Campisi - How to Select a Durian at Footscray Market
Thoraiya Dyer - Yowie
Dirk Flinthart - Walker
L L Hannett - Weightless
Pete Kempshall - Signature Walk
Ben Peek - White Crocodile Jazz
Tansy Rayner Roberts - Relentless Adaptations
Barbara Robson - Neighbourhood Watch
Angela Slatter - Brisneyland by Night
Cat Sparks - All The Love in the World
Anna Tambour - Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of Paradise
Kaaron Warren - Loss
Sean Williams - Parched (poem)