March is going to be an incredibly busy month for me - we’re going to Osaka, #BuySingLit is happening, and All In! Young Writers’ Festival is following after. Thus, there’s going to be quite a bit of prep on my side.
Regardless, I will be appearing during the following dates and events:
COSH Studios Launches in Kinokuniya - Kungfu Dough, Terumbu, Unstable Foundations, and We’ll Eat When We’re Done
The four remaining comics in the COSH Studios line gets their launch at The Arts House, during the #BuySingLit weekend. I’ll be speaking on the panel with fellow artists and writers - Don Low, Cheah SinAnn, Elvin Ching (my partner-in-crime for this book), Max Loh (my other partner-in-crime), and Dave Chua. The artists and writers from our other three books will be there as well, so do come down and share the stories and fun.
Date: 11 March 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 6PM to 7PM
Location: The Arts House
To find out more, click here.
All In! Young Writers’ Festival 2018 - Young Writing by Young Writers: The All In! Snack Fiction Anthology
Last year, Pulp Toast worked with Don Bosco and the Book Council to mentor 18 young writers into publication. It was a gruelling two weeks for all of us, but we made it out the other side stronger, and with more stories. I sit down with the featured authors Athena Tan, Melissa Lee, Bradley Santa Maria, and Taha Jailani to talk about their experience going through the process.
Date: 18 March 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 10AM to 11AM
Location: *SCAPE Level 5, Treetop B
For more information on the event, click here.
Do check out the other panels featuring the other core members and contributors of Pulp Toast as well:
See you all there!
THE EVENT WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!
(Pretty much. It’s like final exams for us or something.)
The Rolling Ronins will be at Comic Fiesta this year, featuring works like Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar, Charsiew Space, and works by Jerry Teo, Max Loh, Benjamin Chee, Wayne Ree, Annuendo, and Joelyn Alexandra.
Come say hi to us and look at what we have to offer, especially our first Ronins collaboration book, “Mr. Memphis”, and something all of us chipped in to produce.
If you’re in KL, Malaysia, do come down and enjoy the party! Here’s where:
Date: 16-17 December 2017
Time: 09.30AM to 07.00PM
Venue: KL Convention Centre
For more information, check Comic Fiesta out here.
Cutting to the chase - here are a couple of launches that I'll be at in the coming weeks! My story, "Junk Mail", was chosen for Best New Singaporean Short Stories Volume III, and speaks about a perspective from an ex-convict. And Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar #3 features stories about the non-chosen ones - the people who stand next to the superheroes.
Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar Issue #3: (Not) The Chosen One Launch at Singapore Writers Festival 2017
Date: 6 NOV 2017, MONDAY
Time: 7PM to 8PM
Venue: The Living Room, The Arts House
We spend our lives chasing, looking up to, and wanting to be the heroes or heroines of the world. The chosen ones, if you’d prefer. As a result, we don’t hear the stories from the sidelines, maybe even missing out on something more interesting and human. This issue of Pulp Toast looks past the faces on the posters.
Find out about the darker realities covered up by people we revere, or watch as someone’s hope of being the chosen one be snatched away every time he gets that much closer. What about the unsung heroes? Dive in and learn about their story – told through the eyes of the one they attempted to rescue, or through the eyes of those they hand their legacy over.
Regardless, we all agree that being unchosen may not be the worst thing in the universe. Especially if that means you’ll be the only one with a full stomach when everyone’s running for their lives before lunch.
Join us as our core team talks to the people society has put aside with guest authors Wayne Ree (Tales of a Tiny Room, Global Beards) and D. M. Jewelle (KL Noir: Yellow, Little Basket) and guest artist Ziqun A. K. (Wizard Garden). We hope you’ll enjoy these stories as we’ve enjoyed writing them.
And thank you for choosing us. Find out more about the event here.
Best New Singaporean Short Stories Volume Three Launch @ Kinokuniya
Date: 28 OCT 2017, SATURDAY
Time: 2:30PM to 3:30PM
Venue: Kinokuniya @ Ngee Ann City
And the third volume is out! Join our Series Editor, Jason Erik Lundberg, and Guest Editor, Cyril Wong, as they speak about the collection and their processes for this volume. This launch will also feature readings by Clara Chow (This is a Website), Melissa De Silva ("Others" is not a Race), and Noraliah Norasid (The Gatekeeper).
See you there! You can find out more about the event here.
It struck me that it’s going to be couple of weeks before a slurry of Conventions and Festivals descend upon us. And while the Rolling Ronins won’t be participating in the coming Comic Art Festival, Kuala Lumpur (CAFKL), here are the first few events we’ll be plunging into soon:
PopCon Asia 2017 & Illustration Arts Festival 2017
The news about PopCon Asia came to us quite suddenly, but we decided to give it a try. Having hosted a total of 471 exhibitors and 89,210 visitors since their first foray in 2012, PopCon Asia was definitely a pop culture pit stop for the people of and travelling to Jakarta.
At the same time, following the success of their first attempt last year, the team behind the Illustration Arts Festival (mostly core members of the Organisation of Illustrators Council (OIC)) will be bringing you round 2 in August.
The Rolling Ronins will have booths for both PopCon Asia and the Illustration Arts Festival. And before you decide to come down to say hi, here’s a glimpse at some of the works which will be on sale during both events:
PopCon Asia 2017 will be on 5th to 6th August 2017, at the Jakarta Convention Centre. To find out more, click here.
The Illustration Arts Festival will be on 12th to 13th August, 11AM to 5PM, at LASALLE College of the Arts. Click here to find out more.
Once again, we hope to see you there!
For board gamers and analog RPG players alike, gear up!
Since Geek & Sundry started Tabletop, International Tabletop Day emerged among events and game shops around the world. I’ve been fortunate enough to attend the Tabletop Days from 2014 onwards.
Unfortunately, I won’t be able to be as active this year since we’ll be having our annual gang barbecue.
Regardless, mark the date on your calendars:
INTERNATIONAL TABLETOP DAY 2017 – APRIL 29TH
What games are you intending to bring out? Leave them in the comments!
For more information on International Tabletop Day, click here.
Hello from April!
And that’s a quarter of a year gone for 2017. The economy’s spiralling, weather’s getting warmer, workload’s piling, and we’re all still here.
Speaking of “we”, I’m excited to announce…
THE ROLLING RONINS.
We made our debut event appearance as a sales booth at the #BuySingLit Festival towards the end of February (Thanks Kenny!), but have stayed low in preparation for many other things we have lined up for this year.
During #BuySingLit, many came up to our booths, asking if we were publishers, self-publishers, or an agency. Here’s what we are…
The Rolling Ronins is a collective focussed on the production and promotion of entertaining stories, and the education of budding storytellers, across various mediums, and from the APAC region.
You can find out more about what we’re doing, what we’re reading / drawing / writing, and which events we’ll be at on our Facebook page.
See you there!
And there goes February! It’s both exciting and scary how the quarters creep up on you, especially when March is going to be pumped full of activities.
Firstly, the Tiger, Lyn, and I will be headed for a short trip over the school holidays, so stay tuned for a short post after. Regardless, I’ll be going for All In! Young Writers Festival 2017 before we take our trip.
All In! Young Writers Festival 2017
Dates: 10 – 12 March 2017
Thanks to Carlo and the Book Council team behind All In!, the Pulp Toast Core will be speaking at a panel, with Mickey and myself giving a workshop. So if you’re interested in snackable, speculative fiction, do come down and say hi to us:
Panel: “Snackable” Fiction: Creating and Submitting Bite-Sized Stories
Date: 11 March 2017
Time: 10AM to 11AM
Ganaesh will be moderating us as we speak about how Pulp Toast came about and some pointers on submitting pieces to anthologies or magazines.
Workshop: Speculative Fiction 101
Date: 11 March 2017
Time: 3:10PM to 6PM
Location: Treetop A/B
This will be Mickey and I speaking about the Workshopping technique, something we learnt from Miguel Syjuco during our time at the Mentor Access Project retreat.
All In! Young Writers Festival is organised by the Book Council. To find out more about this event, click here.
The end of February brings many interesting events, not least with #BuySingLit and NOISE Singapore. My picks? They have to be these two events:
#1: Draw ‘em, Print ‘em, Sell ‘em
If you’re a storyteller (particularly in comics and illustration) stumbling with the process of inspiration to audience, head down to LASALLE College of the Arts on 25th February (this Saturday!) to hear how other independent artists Draw ‘em, Print ‘em, and Sell ‘em.
Broaden your horizons with other avenues to bring your work to your target audience – and bring down your portfolio if you want a taste of how other artists view your works.
Draw ‘em, Print ‘em, Sell ‘em is a panel organised by OIC and NOISE Singapore. It will be held at LASALLE College of the Arts, 25th Feb, and registration opens 10:45AM. Entrance fees are $10 (Lecture only) or $15 (Lecture + Portfolio Review). You can find out more (and book your tickets) here.
#2: Buy SingLit Festival
From the folks who brought you BooksActually and the Singapore Art Book Fair, the Buy SingLit Festival 2017 will showcase works by Singaporean authors, published by Singaporean publishers, and everything else in between.
If you’re wondering about the cheesed-off, egg-like mascot at the top – it’s only because the amazing folks at BooksActually have offered us a spot during the festival. And we, a new collab known as the Rolling Ronins, will be at the Gillman Barracks on the 25th to 26th of February.
Our booth will feature works by Jerry Teo (Rex Regrets), Benjamin Chee (Charsiew Space), Wayne Rée (Global Beards), Max Loh (Paper Peril), Joelyn Alexandra (Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar), and Annabella Goh (Annuendo). Do come down to say hi!
Doors to the SingLit Festival will open at 10:00AM, 25th Feb. Catch you at 7 Lock Road, Gillman Barracks! For more information on Buy SingLit, click here.
I’ll be at the Buy SingLit Festival on both days – so I’ll see all of you there!