Comics of Singapore Histories (COSH) Studios

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In January 2016, COSH Studios brought together a collective of comic artists and writers eager to share their stories of Singapore Heritage. “Our heritage shouldn’t just be confined to history lessons and the classroom,” comic historian Lim Cheng Tju says. “These comics are fiction, but they have aspects of local history and places in them. And when readers can relate to these stories, there’s always the chance that they will want to find out more about the hidden corners or undiscovered stories in Singapore.”

Three comics will be launched tomorrow at the Singapore Writers Festival from 8:30PM until 9:30PM at the Arts House: Live through Singapore in the 1910s through five different people in the Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy by Lim Cheng Tju and Benjamin Chee. Listen in to the politics of food and business in the Coalition of the Savoury Spare Parts by Koh Hong Teng and Oh Yong Hwee. Or run into the Bukit Brown Caretaker in a place where many Singaporeans called their Final Resting Place – James Tan will help you with that.

Four more titles will be published by March 2018, featuring writer Dave Chua and artists Don Low and Cheah Sinann as some of the many names to release their books then.

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Eva, Kopi and Matcha 2.0

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For Evangeline Neo aka Evacomics her interest in cultural differences between countries has been a point of fascination in her webcomics. Today we take a peek into the follow-up to her first work, a chuckle-inducing comic about the adventures of Eva and her imaginary pets, Kopi the dog and Matcha the cat.

“During my studies abroad in the United States and Japan, my early brushes with how things are in those countries left such an impression that I eventually recorded them in webcomics. In volume 2.0, readers are also regaled with often hilarious anecdotes of life abroad and comparisons between my home country of Singapore and places such as the United States, Vietnam, Indonesia and, of course, Japan. Some of my earlier works are also included here.”

The book launch and signing are happening on 23 September between 4pm and 5pm at Kinokuniya. Get your grubby little mitts on a copy of Eva’s comics at these outlets.

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Spotted! Derek Chua

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Lending us a sneak peek into his books at IAF2017, comic artist Derek Chua tells us he self-publishes and diffuses his work through Irrational Comics.

“It started with Roleplayers, a mini-series centered around a group of tabletop roleplay gamers and their misadventures in life. It is comedic story and intended to be a parody as well as a love letter to the niche hobby of pen and paper roleplaying games.

Followig Roleplayers, I released two more titles:  Socute the Corgi,  an all-ages mini-series about the daily adventures of a cute, brave and fun-loving Corgi dog and Kitsune: Assassin For Hire, an ongoing series set in pre-modern Japan about the exploits of a female assassin who is on a personal mission to kill the Shogun.

Derek has also been working on an online comic anthology called PITCH. Read it here. It’s free!

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Spotted! Tanky

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In an alternate universe, I think I might become an astronaut or theoretical physicist.
I want to explore the unknown by harnessing the greatest power of our mind – imagination … or a spaceship.

A comic artist and illustrator working across genres and subjects, Tan Kwang Yang aka Tanky caught our eye with a poster he submitted for the Illustration Arts Fest 2016.

“I’ve been dabbling in different styles and media and subjects but I haven’t been able to set my heart on a particular one. Recently the fog’s cleared and I’m able to see the horizon much more clearly. I finally have a clear picture of my direction and a definite goal that I truly believe in. It’s not going to be an easy journey, but truly nothing satisfies me more than being immersed in the creation process; the moment I’m able to translate thoughts in my head to a physical form, whether it’s an illustration or comic.”

Tanky’s work can be found at http://tanky.sg and http://www.bigeggcomics.com.

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Christal J. Kuna at the 24-Hour Comics Day

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To round off our segment about the 24-hour Comics Day, “veteran” participant, Christal J. Kuna speaks about this year’s challenge: “This is my fifth time participating in 24 hour comics day. I missed last year’s due to a gig that clashed with the weekend, since I’m a drummer and teach music for a living. This time I was really rusty, having barely drawn at all over the past two years. I definitely wondered if I was going to be able to complete it at many points! I love how the 24HCD community is really encouraging to creators of all skill levels, it’s really a personal challenge to see what you can come up with. That and an excuse to stay up all night being crazy with fellow crazy people, y’all are the best.”

Click here to view the rest of Christal’s comic.

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