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One of Singapore's foremost comic artists, Koh Hong Teng's works are often an ode to places of heritage in Singapore, with storylines weaving together the past and present. His work is often collaborative or inspired by other sources as seen in this panel moderated by Lim Cheng Tju, where Koh will be joined by architectural historian Lai Chee Kien (Last Train from Tanjong Pagar, Garden of Foolish Indulgences, Building Memories) and playwright Marc Goldberg, with whom he is working with on an upcoming book, The Brook's Clown, which combines both photo and graphic elements in its narrative.
Koh Hong Teng is a multiple award-winning comic artist and illustrator. Born in Singapore in 1969, he graduated from the London College of Printing with a Bachelor's Degree in Graphic Design in 1994. Besides reading comics and listening to music, Hong Teng spends most of his free time painting and building model kits.
Lim Cheng Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science and Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and also the co-editor of Liquid City 2. He is one of the authors of The University Socialist Club and The Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity. He writes, edits and curates comics sometimes.
Lai Chee Kien is Adjunct Associate Professor at the Singapore University of Technology and Design (Architecture and Sustainable Design pillar), and also a registered architect in Singapore. His publications include A Brief History of Malayan Art (1999), Building Merdeka: Independence Architecture in Kuala Lumpur (2007), Cords to Histories (2013), Through the Lens of Lee Kip Lin (2015) [Best Non-Fiction Title, Singapore Book Awards, 2016], Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence (2016) [Book of the Year, Singapore Art Book Awards, 2017] and The Merdeka Interviews (2018).
Marc Goldberg is a playwright and translator who has been involved in French theatre for over twenty years before moving to Singapore in 2013. He has staged about 30 shows, with a penchant for medieval to contemporary drama. He has taught theatre in France and Singapore (ENSATT, NAFA, Lasalle College of the Arts) and is the first to translate Singapore plays into French, staging them during the Singapore Festival in France. He has also written and lectured on the history of Singapore drama.
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