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Shing Yin Khor

Graphic Novelist, Game Designer, and Wooden marionette builder

Shing Yin Khor is an Eisner and Ignatz Award-winning graphic novelist, Indiecade Award winning game designer, and wooden marionette builder based in Los Angeles, CA, by way of Malacca, Malaysia. They are interested in the myths of nostalgic Americana, new human rituals, and the stories of created spaces. Their first full length graphic novel memoir, The American Dream? A Journey on Route 66, was one of NPR’s 2019 Best Books of the Year. Their second graphic novel, The Legend of Auntie Po, was published by Penguin Random House in June 2021, and was a National Book Award finalist.


Their work is deeply multidisciplinary – in the last decade, they have built space desert apothecaries, decrepit space salvage stations in the forest, nomadic oracle carts manned by birds, fish marionettes, fortune telling machines, epistolary stories delivered by the USPS, and lumberjack-themed bars. Their game design work centers around physical storytelling artifacts and is rooted in their work as a builder and artist – keepsake games centered on the bridge between physical making and traditional tabletop RPGs. They are currently an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California, teaching analog games.


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