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BEDA 2013.1 #2: 24-Hour Comics Day Showcase

It’s not every day when you have to make that major decision that could spark the rest of your life. I would not say that this was a road not taken, but it was definitely a route I rarely travelled, ever since I stopped studying in the West side of Singapore.

Max's 24-Hour Comics Day comic for sale!
Max’s 24-Hour Comics Day comic for sale!

In support for the 24-Hour Comics Day Showcase (and Max’s comic), Mintea, Sarah, and myself headed down to Jurong Regional Library for the launch of its showcase. A good friend of ours, Jillian was there as well. And Max went to the event with his mom (happy coincidence that the event should coincide with her visit!).

The event started with JF, the organiser for the Singapore branch of the 24-Hour Comics Day, giving a brief history of its development here. To give a quick summary, 24-Hour Comics Day is where comic creators sit down for 24 hours and create 24 pages of whatever comic they want. It not only forces one to actually sit down, create, and (in most cases so far) finish, but refuels the masochistic fire in the belly of any comic creator.

After which, came the time for the participants to share their views, so here’s an onslaught of pictures because I think I’ve typed enough for now:

JF Koh, organiser of 24HCD Singapore.
JF Koh, organiser of 24HCD Singapore.
Paul, one of the 24HCD veterans, speaking first.
Paul, one of the 24HCD veterans, speaking first.
Hanse speaking about his comic, "A Bundle of Joy", drawn about the birth of his baby daughter (who was at the event!)
Hanse speaking about his comic, “A Bundle of Joy”, drawn about the birth of his baby daughter (who was at the event!)
Cleo speaking about Kevin the Dinosaur (her absolutely fantastic creation).
Cleo speaking about Kevin the Dinosaur (her absolutely fantastic creation).
Max speaking about The Road Not Taken. After we all pointed and called his name. HAHAHA.
Max speaking about The Road Not Taken. After we all pointed and called his name. HAHAHA.
The listening audience.
The listening audience.

Pearly and Sakinah, officers from the National Library Board who made this showcase possible, were present as well. Regardless of the fact that you know the creative scene in Singapore is growing, it’s always good to know that there are people who are ready to support such growth and talent.

After which, there was a tour to the showcase on the Skybridge at Level 3. The public could view enlarged displays of the various comics, as well as browse through the samples provided.

Display at the event area.
Display at the event area.
Colour display at Skybridge (Level 3)
Colour display at Skybridge (Level 3)
SO PROUD OF MAX. *weeps*
SO PROUD OF MAX. *weeps*
Us camwhoring because Max drew us in the special features section of "The Road Not Taken"! Photo courtesy of Sarah Coldheart.
Us camwhoring because Max drew us in the special features section of “The Road Not Taken”! Photo courtesy of Sarah Coldheart.

The exhibition will span three libraries: Jurong Regional Library – Skybridge, Level 3 (18 March to 2 May), Sengkang Public Library (3 May to 18 June), and Serangoon Public Library (19 June to 31 July). So do go down and show your support for these artists!

And that’s it for BEDA Day 2!

See you tomorrow!
See you tomorrow! (Yes, Max drew this)

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