It has been out for a month! While I do hope that our readers and supporters have managed to get their copy, here’s a glimpse at the introduction for Issue #4: This is a Test:
Keeping the Crust...
In a fast-paced world, it’s very easy to engage in self-criticism in order to keep ahead of the curve. For some people, failure is disappointment. For others, failure is their learning point. And for a few, failure is only the beginning.
Not many of us get a second chance, or a third. The first of our three guest authors, Esther Soh, tells her tale, 'Again', where Eric lands himself in his 39th or 40th chance of a day — stuck in an eternal situation without any sign of a way out. At least, unless he tries it the next… or same day.
Humanity has disappointed time and again, though often coming out with many lessons learnt once the dust settled. That being said, Ganaesh’s story brings up the idea that sometimes, the bandages we wrap around our festering wounds are just 'Never Enough'.
New editor Wayne’s advice rings common in many storytellers’ guidebooks. While his story is titled, 'Kill Your Darlings', you might want to sit tight on this piece for a bit.
In 'The Hole', guest author Kane Wheatley-Holder reminisces on an older man’s failure in life, and a chance to make everything right through a universe-tearing portal found in his own home. Will Sunny get his chance again?
Before we put our pens down though, get your treatment plans in check. D. M. Jewelle uncovered the files of a possibly, deranged mind, leading to what seemed to be 'The Most Arresting Infection'.
Keep safe, and remember that it’s still in its testing stage. That being said, we can assure you — this issue is not a test, and even if it is, you’ve done your homework and studied, right?
Thank you, and your time starts now.
Keep your crusts on!
For those who have already bought your copy of Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar #4: This is a Test, or any Pulp Toast titles for the matter, thank you all once again for your support! Find out more about Pulp Toast or get our other issues here. You can also get copies of Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar #4: This is a Test here.
If you’re going to be around during the Illustration Arts Festival, you would see this familiar-looking cover floating around some of the booths *cough*ROLLING RONINS*cough*.
In a world that encourages overachieving at increasingly younger ages, it’s difficult to embrace the lessons that failure teach us. THIS IS A TEST showcases stories where failure is not only accepted, but a compulsory stage before success.
This issue features guest writers Esther Soh and D. M. Jewelle from Malaysian writers collective Prose-ACK!, local author and filmmaker Kane Wheatley-Holder, and guest artist Debasmita Dasgupta, from FIlms Positive.
Together with its first three issues, Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar Issue #4: This is a Test will also be available for sale at the coming Illustration Arts Festival 2018, with the Rolling Ronins. For more information on Pulp Toast, click here.
Yes, the Table of Contents is out and we’re at our last dregs of editing before we put this issue together!
To give you just a bit of background, this issue’s theme is: This is a Test - an issue that talks about stories where their characters embrace failure, coming out of it for better or for worse.
While I cannot confirm its release date for sale, Pulp Toast / Roti Bakar #4 will most likely be open for preorder by Singapore Toys, Games, and Comics Convention.
For now, get a glimpse of our final list of stories:
Preorder updates will be up on our Facebook page once we send this issue to the printers. In the meantime, take a look at our current issues on www.pulptoast.com or on our Instagram.
It’s finally done!
A bit of background - A couple of years back, some veteran comic artists decided to bring in a group of comic artists and writers of various backgrounds to create comics inspired by local heritage. I was partnered with the amazing Elvin Ching, and we both created a comic named, Unstable Foundations - an urban fiction piece about two cousins and one of them testing their brother-sister relationship over the possible map to Yamashita’s Gold, rumoured (at best) to be where the National Gallery of Singapore sits today.
Elv was a total sweetheart to work with, so it gives us great pleasure to give all of you a preview of what this comic has in store:
Our launch happened last week, so stay tuned for my post on the launch and for more tidbits into this collaboration.
Another year, another issue of Pulp Toast/ Roti Bakar. While we’re still operating on a closed list, we’re incredibly excited to announce our theme for this year:
And with a new website (www.pulptoast.com), you can be sure that there will be more updates there, on our facebook page (/pulptoast), and social media.
I’m incredibly excited to work with the team once again, and I definitely look forward to reading the stories to come in for this issue.
Catch a glimpse of our previous issues here.
Come roll with us, perhaps you’ll find that story you’re looking for.
Just slightly more than a year ago, Jerry, Wayne, and I sat in a cafe and talked about a storyteling collaborative, one that will help incubate and provide resources for our stories to come to life in independently-published books, comics, or whatever medium that’s best for the story.
Fast forward a year later, and we’ve been boothing as a team in various pop culture and indie events, all with the same storytelling motto - Entertain first.
While our first collaborative book, Mr. Memphis, came out during Comic Fiesta 2017, we also decided to have all six founding members of the Rolling Ronins chip in and showcase all our works in the an annual for our supporters and readers to enjoy.
So for now, please enjoy a snippet of what I contributed:
The Ronins Annual #0 is not for sale - however, do keep a lookout for our booths. Perhaps you’ll be able to get a copy during our appearances at various indie / pop culture events!
For more information on the Rolling Ronins, click here
My adventures with in urban speculative fiction.