Interview:
Kang Jing & Pavith C

Kang Jing (KJ), Comics Creator
Kang Jing (KJ), Comics Creator
Pavith C, Comic Colourist
Pavith C, Comic Colourist

1. Tell us a little about yourself, what you do and like doing?

KJ: Like many, I was first exposed to comic/manga from a young age and fell in love with the medium ever since. My all-time favourite manga series is Hunter X Hunter. When I work on my comics, I like to multitask by watching/listening to Hong Kong Dramas.

P: I’m just your everyday average comic collector that has a background in graphic design and a passion for colours. Ever since I read my first comic (Crisis on Infinite Earths #8) I have been obsessed with the layout, the composition, the lines, the colours… just everything in this medium attracted me! I often cycle through my days practising the tricks of the trade, bingeing shows and playing Destiny 2.

2. What makes you want to draw and submit your comics for the anthology?

KJ: I enjoy submitting short stories to the anthology as they offer me a good breather away from my long-running series. It also allows me to try out different genres and challenges me to condense storytelling to a limited number of pages while still trying to be engaging. And of course, this being a Singapore local effort just made it even more enticing to participate in.

P: Every comic / story is an opportunity to create a new world. As creatives in this hobby and industry, we get to make our own rules and diversify and visualise these narratives. Where the line-art sets the foundations and builds the infrastructure, I believe that colours come in to not just add aesthetics, but to further emphasise the narrative and set a mood for the entire work. The goal is to immerse and captivate the reader into wanting more!

Comics Anthology My World - Kang jing and pavith - SG Cartoon Resource Hub - Singapore
Comics Anthology My World - Kang jing and pavith - SG Cartoon Resource Hub - Singapore

Artwork done for our comics anthology “My World by Kang Jing (Story & Art) and Pavith C (Colours)

3. Share with us your art style, what has influenced you that makes you want to draw in the style you are advocating?

KJ: I like my art to be somewhat semi-realistic (This suits the kind of stories I like to tell), and easy enough for me to churn out quickly (or in other words, lazy to put in too many details) so that I can write and draw more stories that I want to share with the world!

P: As a colourist, my approach is to lean towards realistic conditions for my colours. To allow the colours to set a context and add an atmosphere to the narrative. In my practice, I tend to exaggerate my lighting setups. The goal is to use lighting in elevating a character’s persona, to progress the narrative with emphasis and vigour and to add a sense of cinematography to comics!

Art by KJ, colours by Pavith
Art by KJ, colours by Pavith
Art and colours by Pavith

4. What do you think about when it comes to comics-making or publishing in Singapore?

KJ: I feel that we have a lot of talents but not yet an industry to sustain this community financially if that made any sense. There are, however, an increasing number of efforts to encourage local comics (This being one, Comix. sg by Asiapac etc). The webcomics scene in Singapore seems to be thriving quite well, perhaps due to it being easily accessible (digital) and perhaps also the preferences of locals (Enjoy short relatable comic strips etc). On the other hand, the physical publishing scene appears to be less prominent (with exceptions of course). The successful local titles tend to be more autobiographical/historical, with publications in other genres being fairly limited.

P: There is a lot of creative talent in Singapore. I have met many individuals with a passion to create! Whether it’s to draw, colour or even write, I think with the right opportunity and platform, these passionate individuals can come together to share ideas and collaborate to create and tell more stories! The local comic-making scene is in my opinion still small, but I believe with the right resources and opportunities, there is room to grow and expand in the long run.

5. If money is not an issue, what would you like to pursue in comics?

KJ: Write and draw comics full time definitely!

P: To colour interiors and covers as a full-time job AND maybe dabble into illustrating and colouring my covers here and there.

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