Q&A: Yen-Rong Wong of Pencilled In (& HCwBB!)

Q&A: Yen-Rong Wong of Pencilled In (& HCwBB!)

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Who are you and what do you do?

My name is Yen-Rong, and I’m a Malaysian-Chinese Australian from Brisbane (I know it’s a mouthful!) I’m a freelance writer, and the founder of Pencilled In. I also work full time for the Man, and help out with other amazing literary pursuits such as Hot Chicks with Big Brains and Umbel & Panicle.

Can you pinpoint the moment you realised the need for publications like Pencilled In?

It would have been during my second semester of university in 2015 – I was looking for novels by Asian Australian women for an independent research project, and found it very hard going. It was at this point that I realised the scarcity of Asian Australian writing, and I wanted to help promote and facilitate that at an emerging writers’ level.

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Comic by Rachel Ang

What’s the story behind the name?

I’ve always written, and I’ve always loved to write. I wrote my first story when I was three, and it was about Hello Kitty going on an adventure with some friends I’d made up for her. I maintained this love for writing as I grew older, but I had less time to devote to my stories with the advent of high school and university and just life in general.

I feel like this probably occurs often in Asian Australian families because there’s more pressure to go into “money making” careers. This means a lot of us will probably have unfinished work tucked away somewhere, pieces of art that are always just pencilled in.

What kind of content can we expect from Issue #1?

There is visual art, a couple of comics, and some amazing fiction (ranging from flash to longform), as well as some very insightful non-fiction. I’m most excited about the comics, but that may be because I can’t draw, so anything remotely art related always gets me super excited.

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Can you tell us a little bit about the launch?

It’s been a little bit of a last minute scramble, but it’ll just be a chance for everyone to chill out, and to see and touch the magazine in person. It will also be a time for me to relax (finally!) and to share my baby with the big bad world.

What has been your biggest challenge making your first issue?

Figuring out which pieces to include, and which ones I had to turn away – there was so much great art!

I wanted the contributors in the magazine to be representative of all of Asia (as much as possible), not just East Asia.

Who would be your dream contributor for Pencilled In Issue #2?

I don’t know if this sounds corny, but I don’t have a specific person in mind. My dream contributor would be someone who I’ve never heard of before who sends in an amazing piece of work – could that be you?!


Answers: Yen-Rong Wong 

Questions: Anna Apuli 

Edits: Emma Kate Lewis

Featured Image via Pencilled In

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