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Book Bites: CAFKL 2015

Book BitseOne of the things I love about events happening in early June is that while participating, you know you’re able to take stock of what you’ve done over the first half of the year without the panic of the second half coming.

One of the things I cannot stand about events happening in early June is that while participating, it serves as a reminder that the second half of the year is looming. And so are your deadlines.

That being said, lately, I’ve been inspired to create more after going to events like the Singapore Toys, Games, and Comics Convention, the Singapore Writers’ Festival, Comic Fiesta, and most recently, the Comic Art Festival, KL. Or CAFKL2 this year.

Paper Peril is set up and ready to go!
Paper Peril is set up and ready to go!

This trip was different from the usual. Heading up to KL with Valerie and Weiman, we met the Tiger (who had his booth for CAFKL2) at Menara PGRM – nearest LRT station is Maluri – which is in the Cheras area. Setting up was usual, though this time, it was punctuated with the marbled brownies I baked the day before.

A few ‘good mornings’ and a booth run later, they let the hordes in.

Letting the crowd in!
Letting the crowd in!
Hordes and hordes of people!!
Hordes and hordes of people!!

Compared to the first CAFKL, this year’s location was definitely better ventilated with more space. There were also many familiar faces – Hwei and Serah were booth neighbours, with diagonal neighbours from Glassine Books and Stephani Soejono, Fat Fairy was somewhere down the line, you know the drill. Quality of comics and artwork gets better every year, so many kudos to the organising committee once again!

Weiman and Val enjoyed themselves a lot, with both of them spending more than they had expected (in a good way). And while it was great to see my friends enjoying themselves in a relatively new environment, I was, once again, inspired to create after participating in CAFKL. At the same time, there were many thoughts on creating in Singapore, writing what I want, and the general creative environment we have both here and in Malaysia. I have a whole lot to say about that but I will save that for a later post.

What inspired me the most this year was the expansion of independent story zines, especially by the collective behind Prose-ACK! (Chap Fan, an indie collection of poems) and Tuna’s crazily funny (and trashy) light novel. Whoever said there was no room for prose or words in a comics convention has clearly not seen enough.

And thus ends my experience with CAFKL2! And if we see all of you during Comic Fiesta, I promise to bring my marbled brownies again. Or something as good. As long as Denise doesn’t kill me for not bringing enough baked goods and JayVee doesn’t polish everything off. LOL.

Thanks for coming to the Paper Peril booth and all the booths around us, everyone!
Thanks for coming to the Paper Peril booth and all the booths around us, everyone!

For more information and to see the many artists who were around during CAFKL2, check them out here.

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