Tragicomic is OUT NOW
Tragicomic is breaking new ground in digital media as both a webseries and a webcomic, but it is inspired by a play that is over 400 years old — William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
Tragicomic invites you to revisit Hamlet and high school through the eyes of a teenage girl. Lovesick, isolated, and venting her feelings through her comics, Hannah Moore is on a quest to discover what really happened to her absent father. All the while uncovering a secret from her family's past that will follow her for the rest of her life.
Tragicomic is a ten part webseries and twenty part webcomic, created to be read and viewed together.
The webseries and the webcomic include a cameo from New Zealand’s own Dylan Horrocks, author of Hicksville and winner of the 2016 Arts Foundation Laureate Award.
The majority of comics are drawn by Sally Bollinger, who says she was inspired by Jillian Tamaki’s SuperMutant Magic Academy – a series of short funny webcomics that then developed into a graphic novel.
The webseries was filmed over two weeks in Wellington in January 2018. Followed by the creation of animated sections of the series over the following months.
Tragicomic is the third collaboration with Robbie Nicol (White Man Behind A Desk) and the second collaboration with Thomas Coppell of Tomorrow, Rain as co-producer.
The series was supported by NZ on Air, The Wireless, Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, and Park Road Post.
Tragicomic was released on YouTube and RNZ on the 3rd of August 2018.