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Comic creator David Hine coming to Singapore Writers Festival

Photo: Singapore Writers Festival website
Photo: Singapore Writers Festival website

Comc writer and artist David Hine will be among the guests at this year’s Singapore Writers Festival, to be held from Oct 21 to Nov 9.

Now into its 17th edition, the Singapore Writers Festival is a literary festival featuring the best of local creators while also highlighting top writers from around the world, such as Neil Gaiman who was famously present for the 2009 edition. This years edition is themed “The Prospect Of Beauty”, and Bulletproof Coffin and Spider-Man Noir writer Hine will be part if this year’s festivities.

Hine will be headlining his own workshop, “The Art Of Composition And Storytelling In The Graphic Novel By David Hine”, on Nov 2 at 10am to 1pm, at SMU. This is a ticketed event, and will cost S$45. We’ve been informed that “the workshop will be a hands-on session where he will share his techniques and tips used in graphic novels/ comic book​s to establish setting, mood, passages of time and relationships between characters”.​

Hine will have another two sessions, that you can access with a festival pass that is priced at S$20. Joining Hine at his panel “Draw On That!” will be Singapore creator Troy Chin of The Resident Tourist fame, where the two will discuss how illustrations move and shape narratives. The third session, “Superheroes Aren’t Everything”, will have comics star Sonny Liew joining the aforementioned two on a discussion on how comics are more than just superheroes (if you don’t know by now). Check out the details for the sessions here.

Sonny Liew with Shadow Hero! Photo: Alvin Chong
Sonny Liew with Shadow Hero! Photo: Alvin Chong

That won’t be the only panel Liew is on, as he joins Filipino comic-book creator Paolo Fabregas for “Joining A New League”, an exploration of how Asian superheroes kick ass! Expect a lot of Shadow Hero shenanigans, mixed up with Fabregas’ own The Filipino Heroes League. Details here.

Gone Case The Graphic Novel
Cover of the graphic novel version of Gone Case.

Other local graphic novel creators will also have their time on the podium. Writer Dave Chua will also be part of two events: “Gone Case (2014)”, what appears to be a screening of the adaptation of his novels, Gone Case, with director Lee Thean Jeen, and “Lion City Secret”, a discussion about writers exploring Singapore’s darker side. Details for both here.

Art from Ten Stories Below.
Art from Ten Stories Below.

Author Joshua Ip will also be part of the show. While he has an upcoming graphic novel, 10 Stories Below, with art by Adam Jay and Tim Wang scheduled for release by year end this year (we’ve also heard early next year), Ip will be focusing on his previous poetry anthologies in the panel titled “Love Lorn, Love Lost” with Cyril Wong and Gwee Li Sui.

Myth And The Stone graphic novelist Gwee Li Sui will also be having one more panel (details here),  and Andrew Tan (Eisner-nominated Drewscape) … will have something. And there’s also this guy called Raymond E Feist. (SUPER EXCITED) Yep.

Details will continue to flood in, so the above will probably be subject to change. Stay tuned!

Ticketing details and updates are available on the Festival website at, and the SWF Facebook page at Festival Passes and tickets are available via SISTIC at and at Early bird sales begin on 8 September 2014 and will end on 19 October 2014.


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