Saturday, September 17, 2022

Happy Batman Day 2022 - Visit the Batcave at XM Studios, Catch The Batman Premiere on HBO and more!

Nana nana nana nana BATMAN!!!! Happy Batman Day, all you geeks!

On 17 September, also known as Batman Day, fans celebrate the World’s Greatest Detective's adventures for over 80 years! And he's still going strong.

So, what are the Batty things you can do with your squad on Red Dot Island for the festivities? Check the following list out:


From now till 2 October 2022, XM Studios in collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, is homebase for all things Batman for fans and their family during this year's celebration.

Visit their flagship store and exhibition space at Kitchener Complex to explore a life-sized Batcave, with costumed statues and props. The studio will also be showing off newly released statues, and new merchandise like those from the Batman Samurai line, as well as have lucky draws, workshops, and in-store promotions. Do check out their website and social media accounts for what are the fun stuff happening at their showfloor.

And even if you are more a villain than a superhero, there are so many other intricate DC-related statues exhibited at the store too! It's a super Instagrammable place, so why not head to XM studios in your costumes or geek-wear to commemorate this special occasion.


Gear up for BATWHEELS! This is DC’s first-ever Batman preschool series, and will officially launch later this year on Cartoon Network and Cartoonito on HBO GO. The cast of this Bat-tastic series includes Ethan Hawke (as Batman), Jacob Bertand (as Bam the Batmobile), Gina Rodriguez (as Catwoman) and Xolo Maridueña (as Snowy the Snowcrawler), among others.

Before the cartoon premieres, baby geeks and their families can catch a half-hour special “Meet the Batwheels” on Batman Day! The special will air exclusively on Cartoonito on HBO GO and Cartoon Network, all across Southeast Asia, Hong Kong and Taiwan. As an introduction to the various sentient and super-powered vehicles in the series, find out the origin story of Bam (the Batmobile), Bibi (the Batgirl Cycle), Redbird (Robin’s Sports Car), Batwing (the Batwing Jet Plane), and Buff (the Bat Truck).

For the latest updates, follow Cartoonito Asia on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.


The latest Batman movie by director Michael Reeves starts at an interesting point of Bruce Wayne's life as the superhero-vigilante of Gotham City. The critically acclaimed crime noir film stars Robert Pattinson as Batman/ Bruce Wayne, Zoë Kravitz, Andy Serkis and Colin Farrell as The Penguin, who is totally unrecognisable under the amazing makeup.

In The Batman, the superhero puts his astute detective skills to task. Together with Commissioner Gordon (Jeffrey Wright), the duo track down The Riddler, the perpetrator of high-profile murders that point to a decades-long and deeply rooted political corruption scandal. Don't miss watching The Batman by streaming it on HBO GO, or watching it on HBO cable channel on 17 Sep (Sat), 9 PM SGT.


Invite your geek pals, get all those snacks ready, and have a Batman TV watch party!

There are many programmes lined-up for the Batman Day celebration. For The LEGO and animated movie lovers, there are LEGO Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, Lego DC Batman: Family Matters, Batman: The Brave And The Bold, and Justice League Action available on Cartoon Network.

And if animation is not your cup of tea (you know, the kind brewed by Alfred), you can catch the thrilling DC superhero movies featuring the Caped Crusader, like Zack Snyder’s Justice League (Red Dot Diva highly recommends this one, but it is over 4 hours long though. You have been warned!), Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Dark Knight. Michael Reeves' The Batman will also premiere on Batman Day (see section above.) All these will be streaming on HBO GO.

Batman Day is a global occasion celebrated by fans everywhere! To find out more news on all the Batman Day activations happening around the globe, check out the online website - the Batman Day Hub at

Keep a close eye on Batman's social media accounts. The iconic DC Super-Villians are planning a diabolical move and are set to hijack our favourite Bat's social channels on Batman Day! Follow @Batman on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to see what kind of shenanigans are unfolding. Oh, no, in fact The Joker is already there! Will he create more chaos on the Internet? Be careful. These baddies are also going to take over the DC Shop.

Talking about the official DC Shop, you can browse through the new, Super-Villain themed merchandise, including a special edition of 2002’s Batman #608, the first chapter of Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee's 12-part mystery. Unfortunately, these are not available for sale in our region though. So, to get the best Batman stuff, Red Dot Diva recommends shopping at your favourite comic book store, like GnB Comics, or make a special visit to XM Studios!

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Releases First Trailer And Lures You With Puzzle Challenges

Finally! The trailer for THE GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY, film maker Rian Johnson's sequel to his delicious whodunit movie KNIVES OUT has been released. Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is back to solve another murder!

These days, many trailers tend to give away much more than Red Dot Diva thinks they should. So, it is refreshing to see the smartly crafted teaser for the THE GLASS ONION showing you just enough intrigue to draw you in.

Close friends of tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) receive invitations to his private Greek island. The group are shown trying to solve a series of puzzle games (wait, are these clues??). But then, things start to go wrong once the party ends. Someone gets murdered. Enter Benoit Blanc and his neckerchief, who must use his investigative prowess to ‘peel back the onion’ and find the culprit. The sunny trailer about a gathering of well-heeled elites, who most probably already have frictions with each other, gives off serious Agatha Christie “Evil Under The Sun” vibes.

Besides Daniel Craig returning as the lead, THE GLASS ONION boasts of a star-studded ensemble that includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista. Based on the snippets seen in the trailer, Red Dot Diva thought Kate Hudson's luminous fashionista Birdie Jay and Janelle Monáe's strong-willed tech entrepreneur Cassandra ‘Andi’ Brand stood out, and made her more curious about the stakes in Benoit's latest case.

Rian Johnson has been pegged as ‘controversial‘ ever since he directed STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI. The second instalment of the sequel trilogy was so polarising that fans of the franchise are still going head to head about Johnson's take of the galaxy far far away. For the record, Red Dot Diva thinks he is brilliant and a visionary. Not to mention, his bravery for not crumbling at all when toxic Star Wars fans were out in full force.

THE GLASS ONION premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 10, and will begin streaming on Netflix on Dec. 23. As a long time Agatha Christie fan, Red Dot Diva cannot wait to see what kind of bloody shenanigans Johnson will unfold in his upcoming homage to the genre.

And, instead of twiddling your thumbs waiting for the movie to premiere, Rian Johnson specially invites you to solve a series of THE GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY puzzles! Head to this website (, and get your detective brain juices flowing.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2022 Opens Ticketing With Initial List Of Exhibitors

Singapore Comic Convention (SGCC) is finally back with an in-person event after a two year-break due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During the hiatus, the show changed hands from Reed Exhibitions Singapore to Generation Experience, and ran a virtual event in December 2021. This year, SGCC will return with an even bigger show, taking up 2 levels (Level 1 and B2) of the Sands Expo & Convention Centre on 10 & 11 December 2022.

Red Dot Diva knows that the local and regional geek communities are itching to get their nerd on at a physical comic convention. We have missed each other sooooo much! Well, you can now get your booty all ready to party because the online ticketing booth for SGCC is now OPEN!


The SGCC ticket prices range from SGD 25 to SGD 138, and are available for purchase at Klook's platform at this link - (Note: The prices exclude $2 Klook booking fee per ticket.)

There are different tickets offered this year which include 1-day or 2-day tickets, and the higher priced ones are bundles that include merchandise like limited edition t-shirts or the Tamashii Nations Exclusive item: THE ROBOT SPIRITS RX-78-2 GUNDAM ver. A.N.I.M.E. First Touch. So, check out the details and prices listed on the ticketing site to select your options.

To save some money to buy more merchandise, there is some good news! Use your DBS/POSB Cards to enjoy up to 10% off ticket prices!
* To receive 10% off with DBS Live Fresh Card - Use promo code DBS10OFF
* To receive 5% off with DBS/POSB Credit & Debit Cards - Use promo code DBS5OFF

And for those who will be attending the show with the family, it will be FREE OF CHARGE for kids under 12 as long as they enter with a paying adult.


Locally based designer toys and collectibles studio Mighty Jaxx is SGCC's key sponsor this year. They have released The SGCC XPass for those who are interested in a more unique experience. The SGCC XPass is a limited run of 500 NFT/digital tickets that you can get from exclusive Mighty Jaxx app (available for download from the App Store or Google Play Store), via the XPass tab.

The pass costs USD 109 and will come with extra and exclusive perks like:

* SGCC 1 day Pass
* Early bird entry into SGCC 2022, 30 minutes before doors open
* Two blindboxes - Redeemable at the Mighty Jaxx booth during SGCC 2022
* Participation in a giveaway for a unique collectible / commissioned art by a Mighty Jaxx partner artist
* 15% discount on entry into the next 2 SGCC editions (2023, 2024)
* 20% off the retail price of one (1) SGCC Mascot T-shirt, with 3 free-sized designs available

Those who snag these passes will also get access to the following:

* A place on the whitelists for selected future launches of Mighty Jaxx’s digital and phygital collectibles
* Communications and participation around giveaways, digital collectible sales and event
* Recurring Giveaways – Mighty Jaxx single release collectibles, event and experience tickets and more
* Access to the Mighty Jaxx Metaverse


If you have read this article up to this point and are beginning to wonder -- Wait a minute.

What about the Guests??? Will we get to meet our pop-culture heroes like in past shows? Will we see our fan favourites at the SGCC exhibition hall again?

Red Dot Diva asked the same question, and was told that guest announcements are on its way. The event's press releases teases that there will be "award winning creators from across 28 countries". You can start putting your bets down as to who might make an appearance at the show.

Eagle-eyed sleuths would have already found clues in the list of exhibitors published on SGCC's website. Red Dot Diva noticed that media companies like Sony Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures, MM2 Entertainment and Mediacorp are on the list. Does that mean there will be screenings and previews?

Also back on the exhibition hall this year are high-end collectibles company XM Studios, pewter manufacturer and retailer Royal Selangor and collectibles company Beast Kingdom. Publishing companies like Asiapac Books and Difference Engine will also exhibiting at SGCC 2022. Artists James Mulligan, Rachta Lin, Seth Adams and Samarasketch are also listed on the exhibitors page.

All in all, SGCC 2022 will be hosting more than 350 exhibitors and 420 brands, so the current published list is just the tip of the iceberg.


Red Dot Diva knows what it's like being a passionate geeks navigating a busy comic convention. You either sneak out for a quick bite before hurrying back to catch up with the day's programme, or are prepared to be hangry by the end of the day.

This year's SGCC has catered a Food Zone at B2 for hungry attendees. All set to serve yummy dishes with a pop-culture slant are pop-up stores from LiHO, Gopizza, Blanco Court Beef Noodles, Cat and the Fiddle. It's the place to head to if you need t to get re-fueled. No more hunger pangs!


We are all eager to meet and interact with each other again at SGCC, but we also need to stay safe. After all, the pandemic is still on-going.

It is important to note that the convention mandates that all attendees have to be fully vaccinated and masked at the event. Vaccinations status will be checked upon entry to the event, so for the local attendees, do ensure that still have your Trace Together app on your mobiles.

While waiting for more SGCC announcements to come through, you can start counting down to Red Dot Island's biggest pop-culture extravaganza of the year. (Red Dot Diva says that there is 111 days more to go, which is nearly 16 weeks.) So, do use this time to gather your geek squad, save up money to buy your desired merchandise, and get your cosplay gear ready!

Wednesday, August 17, 2022

The Comic Embassy - Get To Know Clio Hui, Clio Ding and Rixou Low (15 - 30 August 2022)

For the last 3 months, pop-up art community space The Comic Embassy held an array of activities to help raise the profile of our island’s local comic book scene.

From 15 to 30 August, the headlining theme will be Realms Of Allures, and artist ambassadors CLIO HUI, CLIO DING and RIXOU LOW (Liu JiaHui) are poised to share their art and experiences about comic book creation in the local marketplace. The trio have each published original books set in an alluring and imaginative fantasy world filled with cyborgs, demons, dinosaurs, fallen angels and vampires.

To find out more information about the events scheduled from 15 to 30 August 2022, check out the link here:

Here’s an introduction to the three artist ambassadors for the last fortnight of The Comic Embassy:


Clio Ding is an educator who is also a comics nerd. She has drawn cartoon strips for Singapore Press Holdings’ Lian He Zao Bao and Friday Weekly, and has been indulging in her passion for making comics. You can find her work featured in anthologies including Arena Fantasy Vol.0 (2009), Our Months Together (2015), Mount A Rescue (2020) and Booze Ha Ha (2021).

Currently, Clio has two on-going original titles, Kev!n and Libera Nos A Malo. Kev!n is an alcoholic dinosaur whose various facets of his daily life is a humourous and incisive take of the world we live in. Libera Nos A Malo, on the other hand, is a gothic tale that follows Father Iganatus, a retired cyborg exorcist (yes! they do exist!) who solves tricky paranormal cases together with this overqualified assistant Brother Contine. Both titles are serialised online via Pura Comixmag and Webtoon. Clio is also writes and edits for SG Cartoon Resource Hub, a one-stop website on Singapore comics culture.

Clio Ding will be doing a live drawing on 20 August (Sat) from 2 – 3 PM, and conducting a workshop on Comics Panelling: From Scripts To Pages on 21 August (Sun) from 2 – 330 PM at The Comic Embassy.


Clio Hui loves anime and manga since she was teenager. She is a self-taught artist but that did not deter her from leaning into her passion and creating her own comics. When free online comic magazine PuraComixmag by local comics studio TCZ called for submissions from the general public in 2014, Clio submitted two short stories. One of them was selected, and this was A Deal With Lucifer, a tale about angels and demons. What is interesting is that Lucifer manifests in a female form in A Deal With Lucifer, which is now a popular on-going manga series with already 4 full volumes produced. In addition, she has also released two commemorative A Deal With Lucifer illustration books.

Her other creative works include Time Destination: SG50 (featured in SG50 comic anthology Our Months Together, 2015), Happy Meal (featured in a compilation of one-page horror manga "亞洲漫畫家恐怖驚悚漫畫一頁挑戰", 2020), Rebirth and Shadow (graphic music videos ft. A Deal With Lucifer with music band Pretty Scar, 2020), and The Artist’s Struggles (featured in Our World, a comic anthology by SG Cartoon Resource Hub, 2022). Due to her passion for creating comics, Clio has been featured in interviews by Lianhe Zaobao and The Straits Times.

Join Clio Hui for a fireside chat moderated by CT Lim on 20 August (Sat) at 3 – 4 PM at The Comic Embassy. She will also be doing a live drawing on 27 August (Sat) at 2 – 3 PM.


Rixou Low (aka Liu Jiahui) began her career as an architect, where she practiced in the exhibition, commercial and public building industry for a few years. During that time, she was also moonlighting as a freelance illustrator drawing for books and book covers for authors as well as publishing companies. After some soul searching, she decided to take a leap, and follow her passion by creating comic books full time.

Her debut work won her a place at the National Art Council’s The Apprenticeship Programme during Noise Singapore 2012. Under the mentonship of Eisner Award-winning writer-artist Sonny Liew, Rixou produced a short science fiction comic entitled Kestrel:Snow. Rixou’s follow up project Ti Amo was then published in online comic platform PuraComixmag.

For Pandora’s Scar, Rixou created a rich fantasy coming of age story based on Greek mythology. The twist is that the boy-meets-girl and adventure tale featuring godly beings and magical creatures is set in a modern world called Sentinel City. Pandora’s Scar - Sentinel City garnered the Bronze Award of Excellence at the 2nd China- Wuhan 2012 International Digital Arts Convention.

Rixou Lou will be doing a live drawing on 21 August (Sun) at 3:30 – 4:30 PM.

The Comic Embassy was set as an experiment to promote local comic books to the general public, and to provide opportunities for established as well as emerging talents to share their experiences in comic book-making. During its tenure at Tekka, Red Dot Diva thought the initiative managed to attract more people than she expected. She also enjoyed getting to know more local artists and connecting with fellow comic book fans at the creative space.

Considering our how small our local market is, our talents have published an impressive number of comics so far, and they are not stopping any time soon. So, do look out for another iteration of The Comic Embassy in the near future by checking out announcements at the SG Cartoon Resource Hub website!

Where: #B1-01/02 at Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218227
Date: Till 30 August 2022
Time: Please check the schedules here -
Admission is FREE



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The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Multi-faceted Freelance Artist James Leong

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Versatile Comic Book Creator Alan Bay

The Comic Embassy - Meet Sam Lay, Sean Lam and Kang Jing (1 - 14 August 2022)

Monday, August 8, 2022

Night Safari Hosts An Ultraman (And Merliger) Pop-Up Experience - 5 August to 31 October 2022

Remember the specially produced “SingapoReimagine ULTRAMAN” webisodes of Ultraman battling kaijus in various iconic Red Dot Island tourist spots? In the final exciting battle at Marina Bay entitled “FINAL / Ultraman: A New Power of Singapore”, all three monsters - Red King, Neronga and Gubila - combined forces, and Ultraman was having difficulties fighting them off alone when... dun dun dun... the normally placid Merlion transformed to a red and silver kaiju named Merliger, and helped him win the fight. So awesome!

If you still cannot get enough of Ultraman and Merliger, the two heroes have joined hands to battle wildlife threat kaijus at the Night Safari, during a fun pop-up experience starting from now till 30 October 2022.

Here are some activities in store for you at the Ultraman Pop-Up Experience:


Oh no! Kaijus have invaded the Naracoorte Cave! Take a digital walk to help Ultraman fight off these kaijus who represent wildlife threats, like deforestation.


You can also grab your Insta-worthy photo ops with Ultraman and Merliger standees at the Naracoorte Cave.


At the Wallaby trail, admire the colourful mural depicting a Ultraman and Merliger vs Kaiju battle on display there. The mural is by art collective DPLMT.


After all that walking, one might get hungry. Before you get hangry, drop by the Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant located within the park for some Ultraman-themed dishes!


If you are up for a more luxe and personalized experience, you can embark on an Ultraman-themed guided safari tour on a buggy. At the price of SGD 560, you can enjoy a mocktail at Ulu Ulu Safari Restaurant before the tour, which also includes animal feeding sessions.

The Ultraman pop-up experience at the Night Safari seems like a fun thing to do with kids during the National Day festivities. It is a nice way to pay tribute to Red Dot Island's 57th birthday by "meeting" our very own heroic kaiju, Merliger. Also, the experience will still be on site during the September school holidays, so it is a good excuse to have some fun as well as admire the beauty of the various wild creatures at the night zoo.

Where: 80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826
Date: Now till 31 October 2022
Time: 6.30pm to 12am (Last entry at 11.15pm)
Cost: Tickets range from SGD 49.50 to SGD 55.00 for adults. You can get up to 30% discount if you have the Wildlife Pass. Do check more information on ticket prices here:
More Information:

Saturday, August 6, 2022

The Comic Embassy - Meet Sam Lay, Sean Lam and Kang Jing (1 - 14 August 2022)

Since The Comic Embassy's launch in June 2022, the pop-up art community space has hosted a number of local comic book creators like artists Foo Swee Chin, James Leong, Alan Bay and Collin Yap. These ambassadors met art students, comic book fans, did live drawings, drew portrait sketches as well as conducted interesting workshops about illustrating comic books. Creative guests like poet Felix Cheong also shared about their personal creative journeys.

Last month, on Community Day, a busy flow of comic book fans, art students and members of the public mingled and sat down for portrait sketches by the artist ambassadors. The many colourful participants of the Harajuku Fashion Walk Singapore dropped by that day, adding on to the convivial and creative ambience of the place.

The Comic Embassy will wrap up its busy and fruitful run promoting the local comic book scene at the end of August 2022. Before that happens, the organizers have planned a list of exciting activities, and will be introducing more featured guests throughout the month.

From 1 to 14 August, the theme will be Realms Of Chiaroscuro. SAM LAY, SEAN LAM and KANG JING are the three featured artists who will share and demonstrate the use of their skills and techniques of using light and darkness to tell compelling narratives. There are also scheduled sessions with other creatives like veteran artist Cheah Sin Ann (best known for The House Of Lim), Zaki Rahman and Danny Jalil.

For more information about the events scheduled in 1 to 14 August, please click here:

Here’s a short introduction to get to know the talented featured artists of Realms Of Chiaroscuro:


Pantomime cartoonist and illustrator Sam Lay creates art from ‘everyday’ things and occurrences with a dash of humour and satire. With deft strokes of a pen or pencil, Sam is able to convey his ideas and expressions without the use of words or dialogues. You might find his lines and drawings familiar. This is because Sam is also a cartoon columnist with Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore’s Chinese newspaper, and you might have seen his works published in the papers since 1995.

In 2020, Sam created a cartoon series titled Oddly Sequential. In the following year, he started the Life In A Notebook project where he drew highly creative art combined with mundane everyday objects like batteries, nailclippers, staplers, and rubber bands. The series became popular and his art was turned into an exhibition in 2022 through the support of NAC, CapitaLand and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF). His artwork was displayed as part of the DIASPORA visual art exhibition held at Basheer Books during this year’s Singapore Art Week. Recently, 70 of his past and recent pieces were exhibited at Grids Coffee, a lifestyle cafe and event space.

You will be able to meet Sam Lay on 13 August (Sat) from 3 – 4 PM at The Comic Embassy.


Sean Lam is an acclaimed artist who has made his name overseas for over 20 years by creating several graphic novels with various American and European publishers. He has worked with multiple Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Larry Niven to produce a two part graphic novel adaption of New York Times’ best-selling sci-fi novel Ringworld. He is also well-known as the artist for The Curseborn Saga manga series, a collaboration with writing team the Four Lords.

One of Sean’s notable achievements is a 32-page Pope Benedict manga comic with over 300,000 copies produced in Spain, and was distributed during World Youth Day 2011 in Madrid. For his work in bible themed graphic novel, Judith: Captive To Conqueror, Sean received the International Award at Angoulême Christian Comics Festival in France. In 2019, Sean returned to Singapore, and soon after, he started ctreating and self-published GEUNGSI, a cinematic horror tale dedicated to the “Chinese vampire” set in the familiar local heartland.

Red Dot Diva interviewed Sean earlier this year to learn more about GEUNGSI. Click here for the article.

Recently, Sean was featured in the 29 July 2022’s episode of Mediacorp Channel 8’s Hello Singapore (狮城有约) news and current affairs show. You can watch him share about his aspirations and his experiences being an artist abroad and back home on Youtube:

Sean will be doing a meet and greet on 6 August (Sat) at 3 – 4 PM, and a live drawing demostration on 13 August (Sat) at 4 – 5 PM. Remember to stop by The Comic Embassy to say hello to him!


Homegrown comics creator Kang Jing (KJ) is the founder of Chiral Comics. In 2019, KJ debut his martial arts comic series, The World My Arena, through the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. The series follows the story of the main protagonist Nathan, a victim of school bullying and how he overcame his difficulties through learning martial arts. The World My Arena quickly gained traction has since been featured on local media like CNA Lifestyle, and has been adapted into animated videos the ComicVid app by VividThree Productions.

Following the success of The World My Arena, a spin-off bilingual webcomic series Save Me From Chloe was produced. The cartoon strip about the ups and downs of siblings Nathan and Chloe is also available in printed comic book form.

KJ’s works are also published in comic anthologies internationally, including The Covid Chronicles by Graphic Mundi as well as the Kickstarter-funded Destiny And The UnXplainables.

In August 2021, KJ was a special guest in Live With Red Dot Diva, a monthly livestream featuring South-East Asian creators. In the session, he shared about his personal experiences in self-publishing comic books. Click here to watch the livestream.

KJ will be conducting two talks at The Comic Embassy :

* 6 August, 2 -3 PM : How to break into comics with anthologies
* 13 August, 2-3 PM : Making of The World My Arena

Do lend your support to our local talents, and drop by The Comic Embassy during its last month at Tekka Place.

You can sign up for the workshops, attend the talks, admire their artwork on display and interract with the creatives during the scheduled meet and greet sessions. A varied selection of locally made comic books are also available for sale, so don’t miss the opportunity to pick up one of more interesting titles for your collection!

Where: #B1-01/02 at Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218227
Date: Till 30 August 2022
Time: Please check the schedules here -
Admission is FREE



Art Is Community - The Comic Embassy Opens At Tekka Place - 11 June 2022

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Local Sketch Artist Collin Yap

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Multi-faceted Freelance Artist James Leong

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Versatile Comic Book Creator Alan Bay

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Inimitable Local Artist Foo Swee Chin

Friday, July 29, 2022

Gamescom Asia Returns With A Physical Entertainment Zone From 20 To 22 October 2022

Exciting times are ahead for gamers as Gamescom Asia will return to Red Dot Island from 20 to 22 October 2022 at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre! The city-state opened up for fully Covid-19 vaccinated visitors since early this year, which sets the stage for Gamescom Asia to host a larger physical Trade Zone, Conference, plus a physical Entertainment Zone for the first time. Last year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the convention was a hybrid experience with the Trade Zone and Entertainment Zone held virtually. Attendees were able to watch livestreams and on-demand videos to keep up with what was announced during the convention.

We are delighted to have the commitment of global leading video game players for the event. This is testament to the increasing interest in the games market in Southeast Asia as well as in gamescom asia. With just three months before the event, the team is working hard to develop an exceptional experience for all trade visitors and the public alike. We are expecting many more companies to join us over the coming weeks in this widely anticipated event,” said Mathias Kuepper, Managing Director of Koelnmesse Singapore, the organiser of gamescom asia.

Trade attendees and gaming enthusiasts can look forward to a list of big brand names making their presence at this year's convention, . Just announced a few days ago are Gamedriver, TikTok, Microsoft Xbox, Potato Play, Nuvei, and Xsolla as the show's sponsors. Also coming onboard for the event this year are PlayStation, 9GAG, Lai Games, Brace Yourself Games and Hooded Horse. All in all, over 100 exhibitors from the Asia Pacific region and beyond are expected to be participating at Gamescom Asia.

The in-person Trade Conference and Exhibition will feature over 80 industry experts, who will be sharing about gaming industry trends and various facets of the scene. The speakers include:

* Peter Vesterbacka, Finnish mobile game developer and former MightyEagle of Rovio Entertainment Corporation (Finland), the creator of Angry Birds;
* Sarah Delahanty, Cinematic Director, Blizzard Entertainment (USA), on the cinematic storytelling process in games;
* Tim Fields, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Digital Gaming, Wizards of the Coast (Canada) on the future of game development;
* Simon Alty, Vice President & Managing Director Asia Pacific, Bethesda/ ZeniMax (Australia) on AAA game publishing;
* Hans Jagnow, Vice President Operations, ESL Pro League (Germany) on Esports Trends;
* Brigitta Rena Estidianti, Co-founder & Art Director, Mojiken Studio (Indonesia) on weaving Southeast Asian cultures into games;
* Vanessa Lorena Tate, Studio Director & Head of Eternal Games, King (UK), publishers of Candy Crush and discussing live ops strategies;
* Jad Boniface, Head of Community Expansion, Roblox (USA) on becoming architects of the metaverse.

More conference speakers are listed at this link.

The Trade Zone will even consist of a Developer-Publisher-Investor Speed Dating event during the show dates! Trade visitors will be able to have a preview of the Entertainment Zone before the show opens to the public. Registration is now open for Trade Conference and Trade Visitors.

Red Dot Diva is looking forward to the Entertainment Zone, where she will be able to check will be booths showing off their current and upcoming games, take part in interactive elements, and grab opportunities to try out demo games. Exciting esports tournaments will also be held in this zone. Oh, and not forgetting the colourful cosplayers who will add extra buzz to the general atmosphere. It has been so long since she has attended a physical convention!

For overseas fans or for local fans who still prefer to away from physical crowds, you can still be part of the event too. Gamescom Asia will continue to host the pre and post event online shows PRIMETIME and STUDIO that will include exclusive content for the global audience.

If you have not attended a gaming convention before, check out the highlights of last year's Gamescom Asia well-attended hybrid event. This year's show is expected to attract over 15,000 people.

As the weeks roll by towards October, look out for ticketing news and more exciting announcements at Gamescom Asia's website.

Monday, July 18, 2022

House Of The Dragon Swoops Into SDCC With Interactive Experience, Panel And Launch Of New Niantic Game App

For those who have not gotten enough of Westeros, and still feeling unsatisfied about the finale of HBO original series' GAME OF THRONES, keep your hearts burning for a little while longer. HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, the prequel of the award-winning historical drama, will premiere 22 August on HBO GO, same time as the U.S. telecast.

Based on George R.R. Martin’s “Fire & Blood”, the ten-episode series is set 200 years before the events of GAME OF THRONES, and spills the fiery-fueled tea of the story of House Targaryen, their dragons, and their liaisons with the other Houses. The series stars Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Sonoya Mizuno, and Rhys Ifans, as well as additional cast members including Milly Alcock, Bethany Antonia, Phoebe Campbell, Emily Carey, Harry Collett, Ryan Corr, Tom Glynn-Carney, Jefferson Hall, David Horovitch, Wil Johnson, John Macmillan, Graham McTavish, Ewan Mitchell, Theo Nate, Matthew Needham, Bill Paterson, Phia Saban, Gavin Spokes and Savannah Steyn.

Leading up to the debut of the new series, HBO Max is set to offer fans an immersive experience called “House of the Dragon: The Dragon’s Den" during San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) from July 21 (Thursday) to July 24 (Sunday). Get ready to be transported to Westeros, where you will be guided through a ceremonial dragon hatching experience as a member of House Targaryen.

As you walk through King’s Landing during the time of Targaryen rule, you will interact with the people as well as take in the sights and sounds of the bustling city. You will then get to select your own dragon egg, and go through a test to demonstrate that you are worthy to bond with a dragon, as you get ushered by a designated Dragonkeeper through seven sensory and interactive phases. The experience will culminate in the Throne Room, where, for the first time, fans will be able to admire and also, sit on the glorious Targaryen-era Iron Throne for a photo opportunity.

Before the exit the reign of “Fire & Blood”, each person will be able to hatch their personalized, virtual dragon egg in a new augmented reality app, called House of the Dragon: DracARys, enabling them to “raise” their dragon at home. The app, which is powered by Niantic Inc. and produced by The Mill, will be available for download in the Apple and Google Play app stores starting July 20 for participants of the interactive event at SDCC.

If you are not able to attend SDCC this year (like Red Dot Diva, so sad!), don't worry. The game app will be rolled out globally for fans with full functionality starting July 25. Remember the date! That is when you can start raising your own brood of dragons!

In addition to the interactive area, there will be a HOUSE OF THE DRAGON panel moderated by podcast host Jason Concepcion in the famed Hall H, that includes George R.R. Martin himself and co-creator/ co-showrunner/ executive producer/ writer Ryan Condal, co-showrunner/ executive producer/ director Miguel Sapochnik, Paddy Considine, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emma D’Arcy, Steve Toussaint, Eve Best, Fabien Frankel, Graham McTavish, Milly Alcock, and Emily Carey.


In preparation for your impending journey into the HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, here is a run down of some of the characters of the new series.


King Viserys Targaryen (Paddy Considine) is a good and decent man who has been chosen by the lordsto succeed the Old King, Jaehaerys Targaryen. His name may sound familiar to you, but no, he is not the same vile Viserys of the original series. This King Viserys is actually the great (x7) grandfather of the Daenerys aka Mother Of Dragons whom we know. However, in the world of Westeros, kindness and warmth are qualities that may not be so favourable when you are in power.

Viserys' first-born child is Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen (Emma D’Arcy), who is also a dragonrider. However, as she is born a woman, not everyone supports her claim to the throne. Many of the lords would prefer that Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith), her uncle and younger brother to King Viserys be heir to the throne. Daemon is a reknown warrior and dragonrider, but he is also unpredictable. In the books, he married Rhaenyra as his third wife, and you can probably guess what kind of power struggles is going to happen regarding the Iron Throne.


House Hightower is one of oldest and influential noble houses in the Reach. Their homeland is called Oldtown, an ancient part of Westeros, where The Citadel, headquarters of the Order of Maesters, is located. You might remember that in the original series, The Citadel is the place where Sam Tarley stayed to garner as much archival information as he could to help save the realm.

In HOUSE OF THE DRAGON, The Hand of the King, is the loyal and scholarly Ser Otto Hightower (Rhys Ifans). He is aware that Prince Daemon is a threat to the King, and the two men will become bitter political rivals.

His daughter Alicent Hightower (Olivia Cooke) is not only known for her beauty and grace, she is also politically astute. She later marries the King and becomes his second wife, and will be vying for her son Aegon for his claim to the throne.


The main players from the ancient and powerful House of Velaryon are Lord Corlys Velaryon (Steve Toussaint) aka “The Sea Snake” and his wife, Princess Rhaenys Targaryen (Eve Best). “The Sea Snake” is a reknowned seafarer and adventurer, and his ambition has build his House's riches to be even more than the Lannisters. The Velaryons also claim to own the largest navy in the world.

Rhaenys is also a dragonrider and is known as "The Queen Who Never Was". As in the case of Princess Rhaenyra, she was also passed over as heir to the throne when the realm favored her cousin Viserys, just because he is a male.


Mysaria (Sonoya Mizuno), is a dancing girl with no royal lineage. Despite coming to Westeros with nothing, she rose in power to become Prince Daemon Targaryen's paramour, and an adept master of whisperers. In other words, she was a spymaster for the Lord of the Seven Kingdoms.

Of Dornish decent, Ser Criston Cole (Fabien Frankel) is the common-born son of the steward to the Lord of Blackhaven. An exceptionally skilled warrior and swordsman, he is the Lord Commander of the Kingsguard and personal protector of Rhaenyra. However, due to his political allegiance to Rhaenyra's step brother Aegon as heir to the throne, their relationship turned for the worse.

Who is your favourite character, and which house would you support to sit on the Iron Throne? Red Dot Diva cannot wait to dive deep into all the retro-Westeros political games and machinations in the upcoming HOUSE OF THE DRAGON. Not only is the Game Of Thrones highly entertaining, it is also an interesting study into modern day power games, leadership and global politics.

Want to have a better idea who you might be rooting for? Check out the trailer below:


Stream or download HOUSE OF THE DRAGON from August 22 on HBO GO. The previous three seasons of Westworld are also available on HBO GO. Subscribe to HBO GO online at or the mobile app via the App Store or Play Store for as low as S$9.99/month. Or access HBO GO via StarHub, Singtel and meWatch. HBO GO is also available on Android TV, Apple TV, LG TV and Samsung Smart TV - and comes with AirPlay and Google Cast functionality.

Photo credits: Ollie Upton/ HBO

Friday, July 8, 2022

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Inimitable Local Artist Foo Swee Chin

The pop-up artist commnunal space at Tekka Place called The Comic Embassy, is featuring two artist ambassadors for the month of July. Veteran local freelance artist Foo Swee Chin, more affectionately known as FSc, is one of the artist ambassadors. The other is local illustrator and comic book creator Alan Bay.

FSc has been creating comic books cartoons, games, manga, tattoos and web journals since the early 2000s. Her various works have been published in Singapore, Japan, Taiwan and the US. She is well known for her NIGHTMARES AND FAIRYTALES comic book series (2002 to 2005) published by Slave Labor Graphics (SLG), in collaboration with writer Serena Valentino. She gained a large following in Japan when she managed to publish her work there. One of them is NIHON LAH (2012 to 2015), an online travel blog comic. Her other works include psychological-supernatural tales like muZz (SLG) and MINCE (Neko Press). FSc's historical action comic PARAMESWARA AND TEMASEK: THE SACKING OF SINGAPORE, was also featured during the Singapore Bicentennial celebration.

There is no easy way to describe FSc's unique yet recognisable art style. Her mix of the morose, almost Tim Burton-esque sentiments and fluid, imaginative visuals, are as enigmatic as FSc herself. Curious to find out what makes her tick, Red Dot Diva asked her some nosy questions:

Red Dot Diva (RDD): How did you get started drawing for comics?
Foo Swee Chin (FSc): I am mostly a self taught artist. I started submitting comics in my teens, and they were published in student newspapers. Later on, I went to Temasek Poly and studied in a course called “Visual Communication”, which by the way, doesn’t exist anymore! It was mostly a graphic design course with sessions on photography, videography, etc. I did not stop making comics. Along the way it took me to America, Taiwan and Japan.
RDD: And what a journey it has been!

RDD: When it comes to drawing art, what are your favourite mediums?
FSc: I think... I prefer the traditional - paper and pencil or pen.

RDD: I find your art so unique - it's both whimsical and gothic. I sense that they are also very spiritual, with a deep connection to nature and hints of the supernatural. Are your creations influenced by the unseen and the unexplained?
FSc: Thank you. I am interested in mythologies, shamanism, animism, folklore, ufology, quantum theories etc. I like nature, trees, animals, minerals. I enjoy walks in the mountains, or places that are quiet and green. My first friend was a huge tree in our (primary) school field. I am also a practising energetic healer (Reiki), thanks to my cats. To me, my cats are my closest teachers and most treasured family members.

RDD: Have you ever felt the need to escape your surroundings to get inspired to draw what you love?
FSc: Crowded places often give me bad headaches. Singapore is also getting very noisy everywhere, I find that hard to cope... Reading, drawing, walking somewhere quiet, listening to music, daydreaming are a few of my ways to tune out of our reality and harsh situations. Through teaching and speaking at panels and events, I learned to manage and tune in more into this reality when needed. *laughs* It was hard! It taught me how to listen and communicate with people.

Before Covid, when it was financially possible, I'd travel out of the country to escape the concrete, glass, noise and people. When I have free time, I meditate to rejuvenate mentally, physically. To breathe.

RDD: I can totally empathise and understand this. The need to see a large expanse of nature and space as far as the eye can see, calls out to me on many occasions too.

RDD: Does Singapore offer you anything in terms of the mystical or fantastical when coming up with your concept art? Or do you have to look far beyond our shores?
FSc: Yes, we are a multicultural society. I think it is the foundation that sowed the seed of interest in various cultures. I draw inspiration from different things. I like stories by Diana Wynne Jones and Neil Gaiman... Zoning out... music... Singapore used to have many lovely big old trees. When I travel, I like to visit old shrines, castles... old places, or nature and mountains.

RDD: Where would you live, if you could only be an artist in one city in the entire world? And why?
FSc: I don't know about cities... Somewhere with fewer people, quiet and a lot of nature would be nice. I really like this small town in Japan, Nara, because of the mountain. Singen, a town in Germany, is very lovely too. The chimes of evening church bells were very surreal and calming. Both are near nature, walkable and peaceful. Being able to hear the sand and small rocks crunch under my feet as I walk brings me joy. It is humbling.

RDD: As a veteran artist who has worked for decades in various projects including Japanese manga, games and graphic novels, what is one important thing that you have learned over time?
FSc: I learned to let go. And that is the hardest thing to do.
RDD: I ruminated on what you said for awhile. I think that is a profound lesson for all of us.

RDD: I have found many women creators tend to let their art do the talking rather than actively promote themselves. The world has gotten more competitive, and a lot noisier, especially with social media. So, what are the ways women creators can get their art seen, and their voices heard?
FSc: I am afraid I am one of those artists who are lacking in the self-promotion section. Confidence and self management are vital. Our society is an extroverted one, so I guess socializing is a good way to get yourself seen and heard. That said, I don’t think I am not the best person advice on this matter. I am trying to adapt too.

RDD: I notice on your website that you craft collectibles and items as well. What is your favourite crafting project?
FSc: I used to. I don't know if I have a favourite project. They are all fun - to discover and create something, to make something work, to understand how something works.

RDD: I see that you are a cat mom, and naturally, cats feature quite a lot in your art too. What do you think --- Should cats rule the world??
FSc: Heehee why not. It already happened in many stories. There are an infinite number of dimensions and realities, why not.

RDD: What can we expect from your participation at The Comic Embassy? Will there be new art prints or published works we can look forward to?
FSc: I hope I will be able to make some new prints. Most of my published works can be found and read online. I am afraid I don't have any stock of my own books. I have a character drawing workshop on the 17th and 30th of July. There is also an art demo with Alan on the 16th.

Several of FSc's otherworldly artwork are on display at The Comic Embassy. Red Dot Diva urges that you should admire her art in person for a more visceral visual experience. There will also be many opportunities for you to meet FSc as well as Alan Bay at the communal space. If you are an artist or creator, don’t miss the two workshops that FSc will be conducting, namely Intuitive Character Design on 17 July and 30 July!

Where: #B1-01/02 at Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218227
Date: 16 July 2022, Saturday
Time: 3 PM
Admission is FREE



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Monday, July 4, 2022

The Comic Embassy - An Interview With Versatile Comic Book Creator Alan Bay

The Comic Embassy, a pop-up artist commnunal space at Tekka Place, is currently in its second month of operation. Every month from June 2022, two artist ambassadors will be in the spotlight, providing ample opportunities for people to meet them, and get to know more about their creative works. In June, the artist ambassadors were Collin Yap and James Leong. This month, local artists Alan Bay and Foo Swee Chin will step into the spotlight.

Alan Bay is a prolific illustrator and comic book creator who is known for his artwork in several high profile projects, including games like Assassin's Creeds: Brotherhood and TMNT, and the comic book “ONCE UPON A SINGAPORE... TRADERS, which was nominated for Singapore Book Publishers Association's Book of the Year 2019.

Red Dot Diva last met Alan Bay when he was busy promoting local fantasy comic book “SACRED GUARDIANS”, published by Asiapac Books. She managed to catch up with Alan for this interview as he prepares for his appearances at the Comic Embassy:

Red Dot Diva (RDD): Hi Alan, how have you been, and what have you been up to since we last met?
Alan: Hi Diva! I have been working on commissioned projects like “GUSS' GUTSY ADVENTURES”, “TREASURE SEEKERS” series and a little side project that I have always wanted to do! I am also working on a new book with Tina Sim, author of “ONCE UPON A SINGAPORE... TRADERS”. Oh, and I recovered from dengue fever back in May, and got bitten by a dog recently. But I am still alive, and drawing! XD
RDD: Oh gosh. I’m glad you are OK now.

RDD: You have been busy doing more comics with Kanme Studios. How did you meet the other creators from there?
Alan: I got to know Siam and Garwin from Kanme Studios from Reddit’s 'ComicBookCollabs' forum a few years ago. It is a place where creators post for hire, collaborations, and self-promo. They are in the US, and both are of Asian descent. They have a love of Asian history and culture, hence one of the stories is about a boy who has been living in the US and returning to Japan to learn about his family history.
RDD: That comic is BOOM SHAKA, isn’t it? I thought it had an interesting premise and story. I enjoyed reading it.
Alan: Yes. It is not too crazy at all to say I play a significant role in Singapore's efforts to harmonize regional cooperation between US and our region, by forming a solid basis for amicable relations between the two countries.
RDD: Wow. Haha.Vote for Alan the politician-artist!

RDD: I see you are also starting a fantasy comic anthology entitled MIGHT, MAGIC and MONSTER-IN-LAWS. What is the process of creating this anthology like, and what we can look out for from the various pitches that you selected?
Alan: It was a daring thing to try, considering my experiences with editing and crowdfunding. It is a great responsibility as the creators commit their trust, effort, and time into it, and I must make sure I try my best to make it a success.

I have had creators asking me if they will be paid, what is the page rate, and it would be horrible if they are not paid, etc. As this is my first call for a submission project, I am not able to promise an amount, but I did state that 90% of the successful budget minus the production cost will be given to the creators.

Reviewing the pitches was definitely fun but it was also a difficult task! Originally, I estimated to receive around 10-20 submissions, and so I thought it will be a quick process. In the end, over 50 submissions were received and I managed to select 18 stories. Most of the stories have some level of humour, although they are not necessarily a comedy story. I would say, the anthology will be a great read for young adults as well as adults.

RDD: Will this book be crowdfunded? And which crowdfunding platform have you had most success with?
Alan: Yes, I am planning to crowdfund this project in December, probably on Kickstarter, since I had some experiences with other creators. The projects that I was involved in or collaborated on Kickstarter include board games with Capital Gains Studio, and a comic collaboration with Chiral Comics. This will be my first solo kickstarter project. Hopefully, there will be a second one as I am working on a mini comic book now!!
RDD: You have been very busy indeed! I really admire your positive outlook and how much initiative you are taking with your creative projects.

RDD: In your opinion, what are the 3 essential qualities a good comic book artist should have?
Alan: These probably apply more for artists that work with others, but generally should apply for everyone too.
(1) Good work ethics. Never over-promise, communicate well, able to follow schedules (or at least know how long you take to finish your own art)
(2) Constantly learning. Able to take constructive feedbacks and criticism, ask when you are unsure.
(3) Self-care. Creating comic is a tedious task, spending 10 to 15 hours a day sitting and drawing is dangerous to your health. Learn to balance work and rest.

RDD: You have done several comic book projects in your career so far. Which has given you the most fun?
Alan: I am grateful that I have been really lucky with my comic projects. I got the chance to work on 'Traders' with Tina Sim, after getting to know her when we both attended a comic workshop by Gwee Li Sui. Tina has great interest with Singapore's history, which inspired her to create and write 'Traders'. I had a lot more creativity freedom with “SACRED GUARDIANS”, as the story was more fantasy-based. It also helped me get through the first year of Covid as I spent 6-8 months locked at home drawing it!

My recent projects are more for younger audiences, like “GUSS' GUTSY ADVENTURES”, which is about good bacteria in your body, which is both fun and informative ( and I learnt so much about our body's organs!)

RDD: This sounds like a local version of the anime Cells At Work, but.. bacteria. Haha. I can’t wait to check out this book.

RDD: What does your dream artist studio look like?
Alan: A room full of automatic robots that I can control with my thoughts. Haha! Currently I am still working in my bedroom, which I hope to improve/ change by next year. I like a studio that is bright and with plants and fish tanks, a full shelf and wall with books, a big table that serves as a dining and meeting place, a pantry full of treats, and of cause, a safe full of money and gold.

RDD: What do you hope to achieve from being one of the artist ambassadors of the Comic Embassy? What can we expect from your participation at the communal space?
Alan: I hope I will get to interact with more local comic readers and creators. Last month, I got to meet Collin Yap, and hang out with long-time-no-see gansta boss James Leong. Even though I have stacks of work and deadlines piling up, I will definitely be there on the 9th, 16th and 23rd of July. Also, 16th July is the official Community Day so, come hang out with me and other artists!

Yes, everyone - do make your way down to The Comic Embassy to meet Alan Bay and Foo Swee Chin this month. (Check out July’s schedule below.) The space is a very cozy place, with shelves of locally published comic books and exclusive merchandise by local artists available for purchase! If you are not participating in any ticketed workshops, admission to the area is FREE!

Where: #B1-01/02 at Tekka Place, 2 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218227
Date: 16 July 2022, Saturday
Time: 3 PM
Admission is FREE



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