[Read! Fest 2018] Beyond the Grand Histories: Speculative Comics in Singapore 

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults
  • Category: Arts, Read, Singapore & S.E.A
Availability: 56
Sat, 30 Jun, 2018, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM (GMT+8)

Central Public Library

Multi-Purpose Room

100 Victoria Street National Library Board

  • Language: English
  • Target Audience: Teens, Adults

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In light of Singapore's bicentennial celebration next year and the subsequent pushback, this panel offers an alternative to the usual Singapore histories and heritage narratives. Join the comic creators of COSH (Comics of Singapore Histories), a new comics collective in Singapore, to explore the human stories behind 19th century piracy in our waters, the secrets of kungfu dough and the mystery of Yamashita's gold in the National Gallery. Get to meet Cheah Sin Ann (Terumbu), Don Low  (Kungfu Dough), Joelyn Alexandra and Elvin Ching (Unstable Foundations) in this panel moderated by Lim Cheng Tju.

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About Read! Fest 2018
Read! Fest is back for the 5th year running! NLB’s annual literary festival continues to celebrate the joy of reading, this year dedicated to The Pursuit of Happiness. Find your happiness through the many programmes lined up from 22 June – 28 July, 2018. To find out more about Read! Fest 2018, visit www.nationalreadingmovement.sg.

About the Speakers

Cheah Sinann drew The House Of Lim for The Strait Times for eight years and is currently drawing Budi & Saltie for The Borneo Bulletin in Brunei. His graphic novels include The Bicycle, about the Japanese Occupation in Singapore, and Terumbu, a 19th-century love story between a Riau pirate and the daughter of a pengulu.

Don Low is an artist who delivers in different art forms that includes comics, illustration, and painting in both traditional and digital mediums. He is the author of graphic novel, Kungfu Dough. He published his first graphic novel in 1996, collaborated with Jack Neo for his comic series Return to Camp I, II, & III, and was featured in Liquid City 2. He is currently a freelance illustrator, and teaches drawing part-time. As an active urban sketcher, his other works are also featured in The Art of Urban Sketching.

Drawing on his experiences in film, storyboarding, and cinematic art, Elvin Ching is co-author of Unstable Foundations, a graphic novel about Yamashita's Gold. His work has been featured in Liquid City (Image Comics) and the comic book miniseries The Drift. He was also the illustrator behind NDP 2016's special issue comic, Badang: The Legend of Our First Superhero.

Joelyn Alexandra is an urban speculative fiction story-gamer. She is co-author of Unstable Foundations, a graphic novel about Yamashita's Gold. She manages indie zine Pulp Toast and her urban fantasies and dystopias have been published by Two Trees, Math Paper Press, Ethos Books, and Buku Fixi.

Lim Cheng Tju reads too many comics. He also writes about them, edits graphic novels and now has written one himself. Called Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy, the graphic novel centres on intriguing historical events happening in February 1915, Singapore. He is also the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and his articles have appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly.


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