Editorial – Issue 16

Cosfest 2022 is happening this weekend, 15-16 Oct at the familiar Downtown East, from 11am to 6pm. Tickets cost $12 for a one-day pass and $22 for a two-day pass. There will be over 100 booths featuring merchandise and original artworks, aside from cosplay, DJ Booths, concerts and performances. 

Singapore Writers Festival happens from 4th to 20th November with a number of comic related workshops, activities and conversations:

  • 4 – 20 Nov, 10am – 10pm daily: If You Spy With Your Little Eye: A Found Comic Scavenger Hunt. A family oriented treasure hunt in the Arts House, where participants search for panels and assemble them into a story. 
  • 5 Nov Sat, 10.00am – 12.30pm: Ctrl + Alt + Hist with Benjamin Chee. A 2.5 hour comics workshop where participants get to create their own narratives connecting the past, present and future. 
  • 5 Nov Sat, 4.30pm – 6.00pm: Vivid War Tales: Illustrated Books & Comics on WWII is a panel discussion featuring four writers from Singapore and France sharing their experiences writing comic and illustrated books set in WWII France and Singapore.
  • 12 Nov Sat, 6.00pm – 7.00pm: If I Had More Than 24 Hours A Day…  is moderated by Benjamin Chee and Wayne Rée, who co-created the comic book Work-Life Balance: Malevolent Managers And Folkloric Freelancers. They will be presenting a game based on this comic. 
  • 12 Nov Sat, 7.30pm – 8.30pm: The Globalisation of Manga Style is a panel discussion featuring Indonesian comics artist Is Yuniarto, French-British comics scholar, Bounthavy Suvilay, and Singapore artist Sean Lam on how they have incorporated manga elements in their work. The panel is moderated by our very own editor Lim Cheng Tju.
  • 13 Nov Sun, 4.00pm – 5.30pm: Wayang in Modern Mediums, a lecture by Indonesian comic artist Is Yuniarto, shares the evolution and adaptation of Wayang art into the modern age using manga style.
  • 19 Nov Sat, 10.00am to 11.00am: If Our Phones Could Talk: A Workshop on Data Storytelling is a creative nonfiction workshop led by interdisciplinary writers Charlene Shepherdson and Nabilah Said, independent comics publisher Difference Engine, and data-driven editorial studio Kontinentalist. Participants will learn to create data visualisations and stories straight from their phones’ photo gallery.

Finally, the biggest convention of comics, games and cosplay, Singapore Comic Con, will be held from 10-11 December 2022 at Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Tickets start from $28 for a one day pass. Apart from hundreds of exhibitors, cosplayers and guests, there is also a WIP programme where aspiring comic creators get to pitch their story to major publishers Asiapac Books, Difference Engine, Epigram Books and G.H.Y Culture & Media!

As we work towards a more vibrant comics scene, please give your fullest support to local and regional creators!

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Clio Ding
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