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Make comics with Troy Chin!

This is coming in pretty late, but hopefully there’s still space for you to sign up: Troy Chin aka DrearyWeary is holding a workshop about making comics together with Noise Singapore and Bear Fruit Academy (an initiative of the National Library Board). If you don’t know Troy Chin, he’s the winner of the Young Artist Award 2011, writer/artist of The Resident Tourist an autobiographical that’s really quite the must-read, and he’s also done Loti, a comic about 6 primary school kids which kind of give me a Yotsuba-To-with-lucidity vibe (I might be wrong). At any rate, you can find out more about his stuff here.

As for the course, here’s the official writeup:

Making comics is not just about drawing comics. It’s actually more about telling stories. Epic stories, simple stories, funny stories, strange stories, but stories nevertheless. Ever wondered why some comics stay with you longer than others, even if the art isn’t as good? Together with speaker Troy Chin (local comic book writer and artist; Young Artist Award 2011 winner), we will be exploring in this 4-week workshop series the foundations of building stories using sequential art and suggest some of the initial steps you need to take before you can really use the medium to its fullest, thereby putting you on the right path to making great comics regardless of your current drawing skill level.

The course will be organised across 4 Saturdays in April (the 7, 14, 21 and 28 – not too hard to remember), at the Toa Payoh Public Library, from 2 to 4 pm each week. Each week there’ll be a different topic regarding making comics:

Week 1 – Introduction and identification of participants’ personal interests in type of comics/genres + basic character drawing
Week 2 – Sequential logic, dialogue and panelling, making simple storyboards
Week 3 – Exploring more advanced story-telling techniques with flow and controlling time
Week 4 – Making a finished single page comic

So yes, it’s going to be rather comprehensive for an 8 hour course. To qualify you need to be at least 13 years old AND commit to attend all 4 sessions (since space is limited). Other than that, well, just love comics?

The course is free, but you do have to register. Send an email to by Mar 29 (just a few more days left!) with the subject header “Noise-Bearfruit: Making Comics” and include the following details:

Name, Date of Birth, Gender
Contact number
Drawing experience : Yes/No
Reasons for joining this workshop (not more than 100 words)

Successful participants will be notified by 2 Apr, so what are you waiting for? (I hope there’s space left!!)


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