PALOOKA: 12 Rounds To Fatherhood – S$28.00
Screenwriter James Thoo’s memoir is a deeply personal account of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) — “one prolonged uppercut to the scrotum” — from a man’s point of view. He reveals its silent blows on the male psyche, as he confronts toxic masculinity, his own estrangement from his father, and the near-death of his wife in the process. Battling round after round of bad news, self-doubt about the quality of ejaculate, and medical ambiguities, he finds himself beaten and bruised, and turning to stories of his role models: history’s legendary boxers who never quit, and always fought to win. This book is must-have armour for men and women going through assisted reproduction treatments, IVF doctors who must mentally prepare patients, and anyone yearning to be a parent.
About the author
James Thoo is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright. His accomplishments include full-length feature scripts such as Sonata, which in 2015 placed number one on Scriptshadow’s annual list of
the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. In addition to the launch of PALOOKA:12 Rounds To Fatherhood (2020), James has several projects in the works, including a stage play called Octopus, and a soon-to-be produced boxing film in the United States called Hurt.
Since he moved to Singapore in 2017 to make a home with his wife, Alicia, he has written the play Stool Pigeon, the maiden production for Thomas Pang’s theatre company, Room to Breathe. His 2019 offering, The Jugular Vein, was produced and staged by The Haque Collective to sell-out audiences. He has also
actively coached aspiring writers to develop original works at the Haque Centre of Acting and Creativity, in addition to undertaking film projects.
His humour and knack for dialogue are the mark of his commissioned work and professional script polishes for international studios. Over the past 15 years — apart from his stint as a professional boxer when he was 27 — he has been editor of industry-leading film website, Joblo.com, and written for influential media titles such as The Huntington Post and the New York Times. After he transitioned to screenwriting, he worked on several features including The Rude Mechanical (2006), which he wrote for Ravenwood Films in Los Angeles, and the award-winning Malaysian Film, Jarum Halus (2008).
About the artist
Graphic novelist Kelvin Chan is a master illustrator (aka Rocketraygun), whose meticulous style has won him a string of Singaporean, regional and international accolades including three Society for News Design awards since 1998.
His published graphic novels and art books include the illustrated Men In White (2009), in addition to being a stalwart byline at news media titles including The New Paper and The Straits Times for more than a decade. He was creative director, then head of multimedia of the Content Solutions Division at Singapore Press Holdings Ltd, before leaving in 2020 to pursue a career as an independent graphic novelist and art director of Kinetiquettes.
Today, the avid comic book and pop-culture lover conceptualises and manufactures statues, working as an art director collaborating with top names in the anime, gaming and animation industry such as Capcom, Warner Bros, and on popular properties like Street Fighter, Attack On Titan and My Hero Academia, among others. Follow his adventures on Facebook @rocketraygun1 and on Instagram @Rocketraygun.
Title: PALOOKA: 12 Rounds To Fatherhood
Author: James Thoo
Book Size: 6” x 9”
No. of pages: 256pp
Price: $28.00 (before GST)
Published by: Brango Publishing
Printing: 4C x 4C
Genre: Creative, Non-fiction
|Dimensions||15 × 23 cm|
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