Residency: Scribus 03
10 September – 22 October 2012
Rachael Post lives in the vibrant city of Los Angeles, California, which is at the crossroads between Asia, Mexico and Western culture. She also crosses disciplines as a professor of emerging media, digital video and marketing. She is passionate about the future of digital media and integrating video and motion graphics into interactive media projects.
As a professor she teaches graduate level online courses in digital video production for interactive media and marketing courses for West Virginia University’s Integrative Marketing Communications master’s program. She also teaches writing and applied design courses for University of California, San Diego and technical communication classes for California State University, Dominguez Hills. Post also runs her own digital content strategy firm, Luna Sky Media, focused on websites, blogs, videos and social media.
Previously, Post worked as a journalist in Mexico and Asia, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo and her time in Asia reporting on arts and culture inspired her to craft the story of Dragon Girl, which she continues to develop during the residency at ArtFunkl. As a writer of young adult fiction, she is interested in the deep roots of myth and ancient symbols from around the world. In her stories she explores what happens to characters when their ancient traditions collide with new technologies.
Dragon Girl is a novel about a girl named Ling, who moves from rural China to Hong Kong. In Aberdeen Harbor, she is recruited to be part of the Society of Dragons and subsequently they discover Ling is a descendent of dragon shifters. The story explores Ling’s journey from poverty to ruling dragon master. Ling performs great quests in the South China Sea to prove the strength of her lineage, making powerful enemies and allies along the way. It is the first in a series. Dragon Girl fits the popular teen fiction market in the US and the growing intercultural US-Asian market. The genre is similar to the Afro-Samurai graphic novel series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afro_Samurai) and Ghost in the Shell animation series (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_in_the_Shell).
Having already finished the first version of Dragon Girl in traditional format, Post is now working on an interactive graphic novel interpretation in collaboration with Los Angeles and Taiwan based graphic artist Dong-Chin Chai.