Asiapac Books will be hosting the first edition of Singlit Comics Den for comic creators and lovers this May 16 to 17. Originally meant to be a physical event, it has now been adapted into a digital format, bringing artist webinars, AMA panels and book launches directly to viewers in their homes. For the entire weekend, comic fans, geeks and artists will get the chance to spend time with some of their favourite artists, as well as learn more about the comics industry in Singapore.
Asiapac Books has been a supportive presence for local creators within the community for many years. This time, Singlit Comics Den was created as a way to promote the local talent we have here in Singapore and collect comic book lovers together under one digital roof. Hopefully, this digital event may drive up awareness of the extensive activity within the local comics industry and showcase its potential.
“As a comic book publisher in Singapore, Asiapac Books places special emphasis on supporting the local comics community, especially emerging artists. We've been able to cultivate incredible artists such as the award-winning Wee Tian Beng and the up-and-coming Alan Bay,” states Chong Lingying, manager of Asiapac Books. “With our online initiatives, SingLit Comics Den and Comix.sg, we hope to bring the community closer together and to create new possibilities for local comic arts.
There will be two days worth of online events, with the first day being creator focused while the second is reader-focused. On May 16, artists will be able to get the chance to learn from some of the best in the field through live webinars. The guest artists are Evangeline Neo, Vann Law, Alan Bay and Zaki Ragman. All creator-focused events on May 16 will need to be pre-registered for as there will only be limited spots.
Livestream events available will be available to view for all comic lovers through Asiapac Books’ facebook page on May 17. There will be a meetup with the creators of Sacred Guardian, Singapore’s very own tokusatsu show. Asiapac Books will be launching a new comic book based on the momentous life of Elizabeth Choy, as well as participate in an ask-me-anything (AMA) style panel about developing artist potentials with Singapore Comic Con.
Asiapac Books will also be launching the first ever digital database for comic creators, Comix.sg on May 17. Comic creators who wish to display their information on the website can sign-up immediately during a sign-up party on the 16th, at 6pm, where they can talk to the team behind this initiative directly.