Editorial – Issue 5

Welcome back to SG Cartoon Resource Hub. This issue is an exciting one as it is packed with interviews featuring both local artists (Sean Lam and Germaine Lim) as well as overseas artists (Harmony Becker and Jillian Tamaki).

While our main intent has always been to promote local artists and help build Singapore’s comics community, we think it’s useful and relevant to also include content which covers overseas artists and events in the hopes of providing a holistic range of reading materials on our platform. This is to keep our readers updated with not only the happenings in Singapore, but also around us, hence our first two interviews with Harmony and Jillian in this issue. There are great takeaways and if you’re an artist, you’ll find yourself resonating with some of their struggles and experiences. After all, the world we are in today is interconnected, in one way or another. As artists and creators, we have our international readers from various sides of the globe. In the same sense, we do not only read and enjoy local content, but all things that catch our eye. Art and learning are universal; this is especially true in Singapore, where we often get inspirations from around the world and add our own touch and flavour in creating our own unique art and stories.

geungsi manga cover
Geungsi (Image credit Sean Lam)
Water - Artwork by Germaine Lim
Water - Artwork by Germaine Lim
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Illustrated by Harmony Becker
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Illustrated by Harmony Becker
Gilded Lilies by Jillian Tamaki
Gilded Lilies by Jillian Tamaki

In my childhood, I enjoyed reading Garfield and especially Vinny the Vampire, after which I moved on to reading Lao Fu Zi, Mr. Kiasu, Sailormoon and many other good reads of my time. In my later teenage years and after, I came to read more of Japanese manga. That probably explains the style and cultural influence I have in my drawings, notably in my comic series A Deal With Lucifer. Yet, I’m also much attracted to certain concepts from the west, leading to some of my character naming conventions e.g. Lucifer, Mephisto, as well as some of the concepts used in the story, specifically my own rendition of female Lucifer and the depiction of what actually happens in heaven and hell. Forgive me for some self-promotion, but if you’re interested to find out more, my books are available from: http://tczstudio.com/product-category/adwl/

A Deal With Lucifer comic series
A Deal With Lucifer comic series

Enough digression, I hope you find our articles in this issue entertaining and we welcome you to join our facebook group here for more discussion and content.

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