Monday, August 26, 2013

STGCC 2013 - Lefty and Eng Huat

Conventions are about the artists and the fans, not just the products, merchandising and consumerism. As a lead up to STGCC 013, we hear from the people who will be there.

Lefty and Eng Huat are comic artists from Malaysia.

1. What's the big deal about this year's STGCC?
STGCC is the closest we could get to as a decent comic culture convention in the Singapore/Malaysia region.

2. I don't read comics. Why should I attend?
You don't need to be a comic book reader to experience the exciting world of comics. Comics culture are no longer being restricted in comic books, it is in the movies, fashion, games and many other pop culture format. Come to this event to meet some of the people who are behind this culture (like me =P). This is the event to get a substantial dose of condensed comic cultural fun.

3. What is there to buy from you?
Tan Eng Huat & I m releasing a new graphic novel, "Zero Hero: Giant Killer", under our Gilamon banner. Gilamon is an independent group that publishes creator own books in limited form. "Zero Hero: Giant Killer" is a signed & numbered limited edition, and we are only printing 100 copies. There is a full story by myself (with fabulous colour by Swa33) and an extensive gallery of Tan Eng Huat's beautiful drawings. There will also be an exclusive convention pack which comes with a beautiful acrylic print and our personal sketches. We have only 20 sets up for grab. Glad to say that the response from pre-orders are very encouraging.

4. Okay, I am sold. When and where I can find you?
Our books will be available at Diamond Comic Distributors(B3) and Banshee(F44, Artist Alley) booths. We will be running around mainly between these two place so do come over and say hi if you see us (even if you don't buy our book LOL).

5. What's the future of comics? (bonus question)
IMHO comics will still be around for a very long time but the big question is, in what form? I think we are very fortunate to be in an exciting time as we seems to be in the state of transformation. The obvious form that most publishers are going into is digital, however very few managed to monetize from such venture. It is still too early to tell. We are really at a try-out stage, I would love to find out from what the readers think, perhaps you could leave your opinion at the comment area below.

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