Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Bookfest Singapore 2011: Calling All Book and Comic Lovers!

Bookfest Singapore 2011 kicks off at Suntec Convention Centre, Halls 601 - 603 this Friday, 18 November.

Just in perfect timing too, Red Dot Diva notes. This weekend is the start of the super long stretch of year-end school holidays for the kids and teenagers here, so she expects that the event will attract thousands of people.

The largest and most popular book festival on Red Dot Island will continue to showcase a wide and varied collection of books and publishers from around Asia. There will be English and Chinese titles, assessment books, music, stationery and gifts offered at great prices during the fair, as well as panels, appearances by local and overseas authors and on-stage performances.

In addition, there will be something very special this year.

Thanks to Harris Planerds, there will be a Comics Pavilion catering specially to the graphic novel geeks! Not only will there be comics from various publishers and countries available on sale, the pavilion will also display and sell action figures from toy companies like DC Comics, Marvel Select and McFarlane Toys.

Plus, a number of special comics guests will be making their appearance at the pavilion. Talented Marvel artist Mico Suayan will be back in Singapore to meet his fans. Red Dot Diva enjoyed perving good-looking, amiable Mico (and his artistic biceps) when he was here for this year's STGCC, so she cannot wait to say hello to him again.

Mico will be sketching and signing at the Comics Pavilion on 18th Nov (Friday) 7 pm - 9 pm and 19th/ 20th Nov (Sat/ Sun) 12pm - 9pm. Don't miss the chance to admire Mico and his artwork up close and personal!

Avid art collectors would be happy to know that Mico has drawn some beautiful drawings on blank comic covers specially for the Bookfest. These are currently on sale, and if one is interested in buying them, do send an e-mail to 8bitmedia1@gmail.com. (Check out the "Mico Suayan, Mashi and Benjamin Ang Bookfest@Singapore 2011" Facebook Event Page for the images and more details!)

Up-and-coming local chibi artist Mashi (Wendy Chew) is well-known for her uber-kawaii artwork. If one has not seen Mashi's cutesy drawings yet, you have got to come to the Comics Pavilion to check her out! Red Dot Diva bets that one will be charmed by Mashi's artwork.

See the note below for Mashi's appearance times!


Other guests include local Marvel artist Benjamin Ang, Sir Fong author Otto Fong, the creators from local graphic novel series "Gone Case" - Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng, and Eisner-nominated comics artist, Sonny Liew.

If one desires for more food for thought, "Resident Tourist" creator Troy Chin announced that he will be at a panel called "Social Commentary in Local Comics" together with Dave Chua, Koh Hong Teng, Sonny Liew and Morgan Chu. The panel is on Saturday, 19 November, 1.30 pm - 2.30 pm on the Main Stage.

All in all, Red Dot Diva thinks that this a pretty cool list of local/ Asian guests for the comics fans.

So besides drowning oneself in the sea of books, don't miss the chance to meet these talented folks during Bookfest 2011!

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For more details and information about opening hours and the schedule of events at Bookfest Singapore 2011, do check out their website!

And if one needs more information about commissions or purchases of drawings from Mico Suayan, Mashi, Benjamin Ang or Bong Dazo (artist for "Deadpool Merc with a Mouth"), please email 8bitmedia1@gmail.com.

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