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Epigram Books goes to the Singapore Toy, Games, and Comics Convention August 30 2012

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”!