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drewscape's Comic Longlisted for Eisner Award

drewscape’s Comic Longlisted for Eisner Award!

Singapore, 17 April 2013—In 2012, Epigram Books started a bold initiative never before ventured by any Singaporean publisher: a collection of graphic novels by a group of Singapore-based creators—from seasoned comics veterans to fresh, emerging talents—challenging readers (Singaporean or otherwise) to see themselves and Singapore with humour, wonder and curiosity. Now, a short story featured in Monsters, Miracles and Mayonnaise by drewscape, published by Epigram Books, has been longlisted for this year’s Eisner Award for Best Short Story!

The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, considered the “Oscars” of comics, turn 25 in 2013. The most prestigious of the industry’s awards, the Eisners are given out at a gala ceremony on the Friday night of Comic-Con International: San Diego. The Awards encompass more than two-dozen categories covering both works and creators. Nominees are chosen by a blue-ribbon committee of judges, and the winners are chosen by professionals in the comics industry. Started in 1988, the awards are named for Will Eisner, the legendary creator of “The Spirit” and giant of the graphic novel.

First commissioned for the Singapore Memory Project, the longlisted short story “Moving Forward” is a bittersweet comic about growing up, moving on and learning to drive. The short story was then collected in the graphic novel Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise, released in November 2012. A delightful collection of short comic stories, it features the uncanny (monsters), miraculous (miracles) and absolutely mundane (mayonnaise). This book surprises even the most cynical reader with a mix of fantasy and childhood memoir. With just the right amount of nostalgia, drewscape daringly straddles and opens readers to the world from within his quirky imagination.

Eisner-longlisted and Young Artist Award-winner Sonny Liew will also be published by Epigram Books with The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in 2015. The Singapore-based publisher Epigram Books is on the watch for other comics talents and is keen to receive manuscript submissions for graphic novels and comics.

For interviews or review copies, please contact:
Michelle Chua | Marketing & Editorial Assistant, Epigram Books

April 17, 2013 by Epigram Books Admin


Call for Illustrators for Picture Books

Singapore, 28 March, 2013—Hello, all you illustrators out there! We are looking for an experienced and reliable artist to bring to life four picture book stories about three siblings who have adventures around Singapore. The style should preferably be hand-drawn and not realistic (a little quirky is good!).

Please send us samples (or links to samples) of your work, along with a sample full-colour illustration of three siblings: a girl about seven years old, a boy about five years old, and a three-year-old boy. Don’t forget to include your contact info! Book experience is a big plus.

We will only contact you if selected. Illustrator should be able to commence work straightaway and complete all four titles in six months.

Please send your submissions to:
Sheri Tan | Editor, Epigram Books

March 28, 2013 by Epigram Books Admin

Call for Submissions: Comic Manuscripts

Call for Submissions of Singapore Comics and Graphic Novels

Singapore, 18 March, 2013—Calling all aspiring comics creators! Local independent publisher Epigram Books invites you to submit your manuscripts to be considered for publication.

With support from the Media Development Authority, Epigram Books has published three comics by local creators in 2012—Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng, Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise by drewscape and Scenegapore by miel. The Girl Under the Bed by Dave Chua and Xiao Yan is forthcoming in 2013 and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Eisner-nominated Sonny Liew in 2015.

We are especially enthusiastic about work that is set locally and/or reflects a Singaporean or regional perspective. We welcome submissions from both established and first-time creators, and partial manuscripts or detailed book proposals are welcome.

For further information or queries, contact:
Ruth Wan | Managing Editor, Epigram Books | +65 6292-4456

March 18, 2013 by Epigram Books Admin

Epigram Books goes to the Singapore Toy, Games, and Comics Convention

Made-in-Singapore GRAPHIC NOVELS

“(This is) the first real commitment by a local publisher to try out local content, and (it has) made us all very excited.”— Sonny Liew, artist

Epigram Books proudly presents a new initiative never before ventured by any Singaporean publisher: a collection of graphic novels by a group of Singapore-based creators—from seasoned comics veterans to fresh, emerging talents.

The Girl Under the Bed is Dave Chua’s tale of a 13-year-old who befriends a spirit during the Hungry Ghost month. Set to the beautiful absurdist drawings of newcomer, art student Ng Xiao Yan, it will beguile and give you spine-tingling chills. Then be tickled by drewscape’s whimsical Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise: a delightful collection of short comic stories that feature the uncanny (monsters), miraculous (miracles) and absolutely mundane (mayonnaise), that will surprise, amuse and draw involuntary chuckles from even the most cynical reader.  Alternatively, go back in time with Miel’s jaunty ‘jalan-jalan’ (walk) through Singapore history in the humorously named Scenegapore, or Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng’s Ten Sticks and One Rice, a tale of a former secret society member turned satay seller, reflecting the struggles and tribulations of a man making a life for himself in the ever-transforming Singapore.

Finally, award-winning artist Sonny Liew pays tribute in The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a graphic novel showcasing the life of a pioneering but largely forgotten comics artist in Singapore.  This ground breaking work straddles the divide between the real and imaginary, reflecting Chan’s deep passion for both his chosen medium of comics and his country. This title is due to be launched in February 2015. Look out for it!

Epigram Books’ debut foray into graphic novels reflect the wonderfully diverse and creative skills of these Singaporean creators. The works call out to all of us to appreciate and enjoy the art of comics, and recognise and treasure the artistic talents in our society.

The first four titles, The Girl Under the Bed, Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise, Scenegapore and Ten Sticks and One Rice will be launched at a panel-cum-book event at Books Kinokuniya Singapore on Saturday, 17 November at 4:00PM.  Before that, get sneak-peeks, the inside scoop and find out trade secrets on the local comics publishing scene at the Singapore Toys Games and Comics Convention at Marina Bay Sands on Sunday, 2 September, at 10:30AM where all six of our creators will be holding a panel discussion entitled, “How to Maximise Wealth, Ace Your Exams and Be A Winning Winner by Drawing Comics”!