Birds of a Feather
Working with Frantz Kantor on new comic romp 'Magpie' is fun.
Born in Melbourne, Andrez Bergen is an expatriate Australian author, journalist, DJ, photographer, pretend saké connoisseur and hack musician, who has been based in Tokyo 東京, Japan, over the past 14 years.
He makes hack tunes as Little Nobody and Funk Gadget.
Aside from specializing in Japanese culture, anime, movies, and electronic music’s various tangents for magazines like Geek (USA) and Impact (UK), along with newspapers The Age and the Yomiuri Shinbun, Bergen has written fiction for Another Sky Press, Shotgun Honey, Snubnose Press, Perfect Edge Books, Pulp Ink, Solarcide, Roundfire Fiction, Big Pulp and Crime Factory.
After doing a book of prose in collaboration with famed Polish photographer Tomek Sikora, he released his debut novel — the noir/sci-fi-inclined dystopia that is Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat — in 2011.
Bergen published a second novel, One Hundred Years of Vicissitude, in 2012, his third (Who is Killing the Great Capes of Heropa?) in 2013, fourth one Depth Charging Ice Planet Goth (2014), and #5 Small Change (Dec. 2015).
In 2013 the accidentally busy sod also put together a collection of short stories, articles and comic stuff (The Condimental Op), a series of comic books (Tales to Admonish) and edited an anthology (The Tobacco-Stained Sky), while 2014 saw 12-issue comic book Bullet Gal, and 2015 comic series Trista & Holt.
He’s currently working on sixth novel Black Sails, Disco Inferno, as well as on a comic series called Magpie with veteran Australian artist Frantz Kantor for Oi Oi Oi! zine.
On the side? Occasionally working on translating and adapting the scripts for feature films by Mamoru Oshii (Ghost in the Shell), Kazuchika Kise and Naoyoshi Shiotani, for Production I.G.