Samuel Porteous is an award-winning Shanghai-based artist/author with close to 20 years experience living and working in China. for the last ten years he has been Chief Creative Director of Drowsy Emperor, a Hong Kong/Shanghai based small boutique design/content studio serving Chinese and Western audiences.

Samuel's work focuses on the special place China holds in the Western imagination. His China analysis drawing on his earlier career as top China based corporate investigator and intelligence analyst has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, South China Morning Post, Globe and Mail, and Hong Kong Standard among others. He has also published widely in academic journals and authored ground breaking government reports on the geopolitics of economic intelligence, trade policy and international organized crime. He is currently artist in residence at TanYuan Gardens.

Samuel also wrote and illustrated the graphic novel series " Constable Khang's Mysteries of Old Shanghai" for the China market which will soon be released in North America.

Non-Fiction


Sam’s analysis of China drew mostly from his on the ground experience in the country serving as Asia Regional Manager of two listed major global risk management firms. While serving in this role he split his time between his offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong while conducting major investment due diligence, corporate fraud, and foreign corruption inquiries.

Links to China Analysis Samples Below:


Sam’s writing on geopolitics, international trade and national security has focused on often ground breaking analysis of trends and conceptualization of emerging issues.

Links to some samples of Sam’s published geopolitical, international trade and national security analysis are provided below:


Fiction


Sam sometimes publishes fiction under the pen name Nathaniel Scobie. He is primarily focused on graphic novels and screenplays. He has written a screenplay inspired by Foo's life and is in discussion with some Los Angeles productions houses regarding a co-development deal. It is very early in the process.

As to graphic novels Sam has created, written and illustrated the first two books of the Constable Khang's Mysteries of Old Shanghai graphic novel series which have been published in China by major Chinese cultural publishing houses. This summer they will be available to audiences outside China on Amazon and other platforms.

Old Shanghai of the late 1920s & 1930s, that "paradise for adventurers", overflowing with old world prejudices, international intrigue, gangsters, high finances beasts of the bourse and assorted secret and magical societies comes alive in these bicultural, broadly historically accurate, tales of a humble constable in the city's Chinese police force attempting to do his job in an increasingly complex and dangerous environment.

While the adventures of Constable Khang are clearly fictional they are also the product of an intensive attempt to capture the look and feel of Shanghai in the late 1920s and 1930s, in all its political and cultural complexity. The richly detailed artwork that characterizes the books has drawn inspiration from the author's review of thousands of archival photos, as well as, related artwork, historical records and histories of those tumultuous and intriguing times.


An early exercise in Sam's graphic novel work this volume illustrates and Fitzgerald's caustic insider tale of . Sam also importantly annotates some of Fitzgerald's now more obscure references made in the story through useful endnotes and related photographs, helping Pat's world come alive.



In our first edition of the Pat Hobby series we illustrate Fitzgerald's "Homes of the Stars" an excellent introduction to Fitzgerald's beloved past his prime screenwriter Pat Hobby and his misadventures. In this tale a, once again, down on his luck Pat spots one of his beloved "angles" when some well off tourists mistake him for a tourist guide who can take them to the homes of the stars! This first story even includes a handy illustrated appendix identifying the many now obscuretime bound references made by our favorite Hollywood hack.

Pat Hobby may be an alcoholic, morally challenged, bitter, broken down “49 year-old” script writer whose best days are behind him but the imagination and creativity which long ago abandoned him at the typewriter leaps to life in his endless energetic schemes to wrestle minor financial concessions from the great and near great of the Hollywood studio system that has passed him by. In his glory days the work averse Hobby made “2,500 a week” went through 3 wives; all of whom gave up on obtaining alimony from him, and had a swimming pool. Now over a decade later he’s reduced to defrauding star struck tourists and skulking around the gates of the studios looking for charity “script polish jobs” --his best work includes substituting “scram!” for “get out of here!” -- from passing producers.

Pat Hobby, the writer who doesn’t read, the “set up man” who has no time for “art” was the comedic outlet for the frustrations and humiliations F. Scott Fitzgerald endured between 1937 and 1940 when the once lionized author, out of pressing pecuniary need and a fascination with this relatively new media, made his own deal with the studio devils. Up till his apocryphal death while eating a candy bar in 1940 Fitzgerald’s experiences in Hollywood fueled both the too often ignored Pat Hobby stories and his unfinished masterpiece “The Love of the Last Tycoon” the story of tragic studio head Monroe Stahr. And while the endlessly resilient Pat may not have belonged at the same studio canteen table as Mr. Stahr, in either a literary or studio hierarchy sense, one suspects had the inexplicably endearing Hobby managed to cadge a seat beside the moody wunderkind he would have walked away with at least enough “smackers” to ensure another pleasant day at the Santa Anita race track.




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