Yes… yes they are…
So post-GnB visit on Free Comic Book Day, Sarah and myself went down to Kinokuniya Orchard to attend Dave Chua’s and Xiao Yan’s launch of their collaborative graphic novel, “The Girl Under the Bed”. In summary, it was a coming-of-age story of a girl who could see ghosts. With a schoolmate training to be a medium, they deal with a force to be reckoned with during the 7th Lunar Month (Hungry Ghost Festival).
Dave has always been a very easy-going presenter, and the launch was rather cozy and casual. The animated Xiao Yan brought about some laughs here and there as she shared her experiences and the inspiration behind her drawings. Dave, as usual, was very genuine in his answers, explaining the nitty-gritties of the project and giving due credit to the people involved in the project.
A live drawing session went on post-Q&A, followed by a signing session where the first 30 purchases of The Girl Under the Bed could get a free poster with art from the graphic novel, as well as a chance to win exclusive prints by Xiao Yan. All in all, it was a fun session – small, select, but we really did enjoy ourselves. And it is always heart-warming to know that despite the odds, there will always be people creating.
The Girl Under the Bed is available in Kinokuniya, Books Actually, and other major bookstores. For more information on the book, click here. If you would like to take a look at Xiao Yan’s or Dave’s work, click here (Xiao Yan) and here (Dave).