Epigram Books Blog

We're on iTunes! January 10 2014

Thanks to the hardwork of Aditi (Graphic Novels Editor) and Ilangoh (Sales and Marketing Manager), you can now buy four of our graphic novels, in digital form, on iTunes!

Now available in the following 12 countries:

 
Australia                         Belgium          Canada                            France
         
Germany                  Japan                      Luxembourg           New Zealand
               
Sweden                    Switzerland    United Kingdom          United States

Simply log on with your iTunes account, search for Epigram Books and click “Buy”.

Only USD$9.99!

 

More about the books can be found on the individual pages below:

Monsters, Miracles and Mayonnaise
Drewscape

Ten Sticks and One Rice
Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng

Scenegapore
Miel

The Girl Under the Bed
Dave Chua and Xiao Yan


drewscape's Comic Longlisted for Eisner Award April 17 2013

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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
michelle@epigrambooks.sg


CALL FOR ILLUSTRATORS: Picture Books March 28 2013

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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
sheri@epigrambooks.sg


Call for Submissions: Comic Manuscripts March 18 2013

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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
ruth@epigrambooks.sg | +65 6292-4456


The Inaugural Epigram Books Holiday Pop-up Store! December 07 2012


Spend $100 and get an exclusive goodie bag*, comprising a bestselling NOTBOOK, The Little Nightingale Who Can’t Sing boxset, and an Amos Lee notebook.

  

Enjoy ATTRACTIVE DISCOUNTS OF UP TO 70% on our titles. Check out some of our books that would make great Christmas gifts for your loved ones:
  

 

Mum’s Not Cooking: Favourite Singaporean Recipes for the Near Clueless or Plain Lazy, by Denise Fletcher, is the perfect gift for Singaporean foodies who live abroad, or a kid who’s away at college.

Only the Best!: The ieatishootipost Guide to Singapore’s Shiokest Hawker Food, by local food blogger Dr Leslie Tay, is the only guide you’ll need for laidback weekend meals out with your family.

Our colourful children’s picture books, with their heartwarming tales and beautiful illustrations, make great bedtime stories to read with your young ones. For slightly older kids, consider the bestselling The Diary of Amos Lee series.

 

    

From L-R: A New Home for Bo Bo and Cha Cha, translated children’s title The King and the Frog, and the recently launched The Diary of Amos Lee 4: Lights, Camera, Superstar!

Our graphic novels tell an eclectic array of stories: Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng is inspired by the experiences of their hawker parents and their friends, Miel’s Scenegapore offers sharply observed yet tongue-in-cheek commentary on our country’s past, present, and future, and drewscape’s Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise is a collection of personal anecdotes both real and imagined.

 

    

 

And if you’re not sure what would exactly suit someone on your Christmas shopping list, look no further than our bestselling NOTBOOKS that put a positive spin on people’s lovable quirks. This year, we have launched four new titles:

 

      

 

With such an array of titles, the Epigram Books Holiday Pop-up Store is a great one-stop holiday shopping destination. We hope to see you there!

Please note that we only accept payment in cash or by cheque.

Directions:

We are located at 1008 Toa Payoh North, #03-08.

Braddell MRT (NS Line): Take the Toa Payoh North exit and follow the route outlined on the map.

*While stocks last. Goodie bag contents are subject to change.