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

ISBN: 978-981-146035-7

Book Size: 6” x 9”

Weight: 562g

No. of pages: 256pp

Price: $28.00 (before GST)

Year: 2020

Finish: Hardcase

Published by: Brango Publishing

Printing: 4C x 4C

Genre: Creative, Non-fiction

Palooka. 12 Rounds to Fatherhood

SKU: 9789811460357