COMICS + LIFE

Speech Bubble

A CELEBRATION & EXHIBITION AT

NATIONAL LIBRARY
100 VICTORIA STREET, SINGAPORE 188064

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About Speech Bubble

WHAT

With a mix of professional seminars, talks, collectors display, book display and original works exhibition, Speech Bubble is a month long event that provides an opportunity for artists, writers, parents, children, teachers, illustrators, collectors, companies, to bond over the shared love for comics.

At Speech Bubble, we hope to foster the love for comics from an early age and to support the craft both locally and in the region. We want to encourage the exploration of the many possibilities comics hold and how they can be used in a myriad of ways be it for education and storytelling to therapy and even publication of corporate financial reports. See you at Speech Bubble!

Why Comic Books

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Our Speakers

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Date And Time

EXHIBITION 3-30 SEP 2016

03
Sep

11:00AM

Multi-Purpose Room

Jerry Hinds

Digital Production and Editing (Workshop)

This workshop explains and demonstrates the importance of communication, when creating comic books. Editor to Writer, Artist, Inker, Letterer & Colourist. Convenient shortcuts to everyday tasks, and how to avoid making common mistakes often found during the comic making process.

1:00PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Sonny Liew

Under the Surface (Talk)

Comics combine images and text to tell stories. In doing so, it has evolved a language of its own, one with similarities to other forms, from prose novels to film and television, but which is also unique in its own limits and possibilities. Join Liew as he wonders whether we can make good comics with bad drawings and other strange notions.

3:00PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Eirliani Abdul Rahman

Co-creating a Graphic Novel for Children (Talk)

Keen to learn more about possibly Singapore's first graphic novel curated by children for children? Done in partnership with the Singapore Art Museum, on the sidelines of their annual children's art exhibition 'The Imaginarium', Eirliani who is Executive Director of an NGO YAKIN (Youth, Adult survivors & Kin In Need) will speak more about the creative process, and what she hopes to achieve with the comic book.

3:00PM

Children’s Area Treehouse

Felicia Low-Jimenez and Adan Jimenez

Creating Your Own Heroes by AJ Low for Ages 7-12 (Talk)

What makes a hero special? Is it their superpowers? Could it be because of their awesome costumes? Why do they need secret identities? Join the authors of Sherlock Sam as they analyse the secrets behind super cool heroes!

5:00PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Julian Kam (Lefty)

Comics and Entertainment Art (Talk)

How is comics still relevant in the world of high-tech entertainment? It is fine for art students aiming to become a great concept artist, character designer or animator, but if you are one who always has stories in your head which are craving to get out, the most practical way to do it is through the comics medium.

06
Sep

6:30PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Favian Ee

Cartoons, Comics: Uses and Applications (Talk)

Many people think of comics as entertainment, children’s books, or superhero stories like Marvel’s and DC’s. But comics is simply a way of telling stories, a way of saying something using visual and literary cues. There are many ways that cartoons and comics can be used for other purposes from branding and marketing to public awareness, from teaching to journaling, and more. Let’s look at some of them!

07
Sep

6:30PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Cheah Sinann

At Wit’s End: Cartoons and Deadlines (Workshop)

This workshop will explore the ultimate challenge a cartoonist for a publication faces - coming up with a good idea in a specific time frame. Deadlines can be a year, a month, a week, a day but in the world of a daily cartoon strip creator, he or she must consider the work is needed yesterday. Mental block, stress, pressure - all these situations come into play and knowing how to deal with them is the key.

09
Sep

6:30PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Andrew Tan (Drewscape)

How to Draw Comics the Non-Marvel Way (Talk)

So you aren’t interested in working for Marvel or some big comic publisher with their own house rules. You want the freedom of writing your own stories and drawing in the style you prefer. So how do you get started? Indie comicbook artist, Drewscape will walk you through his own comic creation process- from ideas to drawing and getting it printed. He’ll share about the tools and illustration techniques he uses, as well as personal insights on what makes a good comic.

16
Sep

6:30PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Gary Choo

Digital Illustration in Steps (Talk)

Gary will present some of his painting pipelines for digital illustrations, pro tips and work experience.

17
Sep

11:00AM

Multi-Purpose Room

Karen Tan

Financial Planning for Freelancers (Talk)

Pursuing your creative dreams can be a daunting challenge - how can you do what you love and pay the bills at the same time? Join financial consultant Karen Tan for a frank look at financial planning for freelance comics creators and other creatives. Whether you are just starting out on your career, or looking to transition from full time work to self-employment, this talk will provide an introduction to the concepts and tools that can help you achieve financial independence and security as a freelancer.

24
Sep

1:00PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Felicia Low-Jimenez and Adan Jimenez

Write What You Know… Heroes and Villains! For Ages 7-12 (Workshop, limited to 30 students)

In this one-hour long writing workshop, the authors of the Sherlock Sam series of children’s detective novels will help kids create their very own super-powered heroes and dastardly villains! Children will learn the basics of creating exciting characters to use in their very own stories.

3:00PM

Multi-Purpose Room

Jerry Hinds

Crash Course in Constructing Characters (Workshop)

Golden ratios are the name of the game! This simple workshop provides all participants with an insightful grid template - essential for creating original characters of all genres. Key tips on creating bodies from scratch will also be shared.

5:00PM

Multi-purpose Room

Professor Dr. Muliyadi Mahamood

The Development of Themes and Styles of Malay Comics (Talk)

How do history, culture and politics influence the form and content of comics? Join Professor Dr. Muliyadi Mahamood as he explores the unique themes and styles of Malay comics from the pre-independence days of the 1940s, through to the post-independence and contemporary eras. Through an examination of comics published in major national newspapers, such as Berita Harian, Berita Minggu, Utusan Malaysia and Mingguan Malaysia, Dr. Muliyadi sheds light on the development of the comics medium in Malaysia and Singapore.

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