Were you at License2Play at the Marina Bay Sands from the 7th-9th December? Then you must've caught ComiFest2012 - the ultimate showcase extravaganza that celebrates locally-produced creative media! The good people at the Comics Society (Singapore) have the complete run down for us right here:
ComiFest2012 has successfully come to an end! In the special third edition of this annual gathering for comic lovers, the spotlight was on celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Comics Society (Singapore). With event launches, free giveways and up close and personal interaction with the artists behind ground breaking local publications, it was an unforgettable event for both visitors and all of us at Comics Society.
- Original Comics Art Exhibition
The works of artists from an impressive total of 12 countries were showcased. Comprised of winning artworks from students of tertiary institutions to creations by veteran artists, and featuring animation and illustrations works in addition to comics. The exhibition was jointly produced with China's WAE3 event, and Germany's Goethe Institute.
Visitors were treated to a depth and breadth of styles and techniques of digital and traditional comic arts. Visitors were particularly impressed by how the mediums could effectively convey subjects ranging from light hearted humor to providing an intimate view of the culture and lifestyle they represent.
A closer look at artworks from China, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore!
- WAE 3 Award Presentation
In the recently concluded WAE 3 exhibition in China, Wuhan, our local artists have done us proud by bagging a total of 5 awards! All shortlisted works also received a Certificate of Merit each. We were delighted to present the Certificates and Awards to the participants, among which were many students from various tertiary institutions.
- ComixMag Artist Showtime
Live art demonstrations were conducted by artists of ComixMag, Singapore's first online comic magazine by local talent. A few lucky visitors also walked away with original hand drawn poster artworks after participating in lively Q&A exchanges with our event emcee.
- mini TCZ
Fans of the best selling TCZ (The Celestial Zone) series got a first hand preview of miniTCZ, an interactive mobile app combining comics, animation and game! Young and old alike tried their hand at battling monsters and solving puzzles at consoles in our interactive stations. The full opening and various ending stage animations were also revealed to public for the first time at our booth's mini stage.
Response was very positive, with fans eagerly looking forward to the full launch of the miniTCZ app.
Winners of draws conducted by Chinese paper Lianhe Zaobao and on the spot also received a limited-print Commemorative MiniTCZ stamp set and had the chance to have their stamp sets autographed by miniTCZ creator and veteran local comic artist, Mr. Wee Tian Beng.
Also being given away were Comics Society's 5th anniversary booklets, which doubled as an exhibition guide.
We had some surprise guests as well, as our booth proved a popular spot for cosplayers in the area!
As always, Comifest 2012 was a great place to meet new artists and readers, and reconnect with old acquaintances. We were happy to receive positive feedback and participation from the public.
We wish all friends old and new "Happy Holidays" - and do look forward to our upcoming activities in 2013!
Find out more about the Comics Society (Singapore) here!
Edited by Q