SINdie marks 1st decade with comics spoofing iconic Singapore films

SINdie's Jeremy Sing and filmmaker Eric Khoo. (Photo: SINdie)

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Singapore-based film website SINdie on Thursday (Dec 13) launched 10 comics based on 10 iconic Singapore films.

The 10 Singapore films selected are:

  • 881 by Royston Tan
  • 23:59 by Gilbert Chan
  • Lulu The Movie by Michelle Chong
  • The Maid by Kelvin Tong
  • Ah Boys To Men by Jack Neo
  • Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen
  • Mee Pok Man by Eric Khoo
  • Apprentice by Boo Junfeng
  • A Yellow Bird by K Rajagopal
  • Pop Aye by Kirsten Tan

Eric Khoo – an accomplished comic artist himself – is joined by Eisner Award-winning creator Sonny Liew, Boaz Yeung and Otto Fong, amongst others. The artists have created sets of 4-panel comics, each inspired and spoofing each of the selected films. For example, Khoo has done a comic for 881, while Liew has done one for Ah Boys To Men.

'Ah Boys to Men' Comic Art by Sonny LIew
‘Ah Boys to Men’ Comic Art by Sonny LIew

The results will be shared on SINdie’s Instagram and Facebook pages. Want to keep physical versions? SINdie will also sell merchandise such as T-shirts, posters and postcards featuring the comics. 

“These commemorative comics are an irreverent and humorous take on 10 of the most easily-recognisable movies made in Singapore over the last 30 years,” said SINdie founder Jeremy Sing. “The spirit of this initiative mirrors SINdie’s fun and cheeky approach to documenting the Singapore film scene over the last 10 years. We are extremely thankful to established artists like Sonny Liew and Otto Fong who have each created a piece as part of this set. We are also honoured to have Eric Khoo, who is behind four of the films in this set, picking up his pen to create comic art for our anniversary.”

'Lulu The Movie' Comic Art by Boaz Yeung
‘Lulu The Movie’ Comic Art by Boaz Yeung

SINdie was started as an initiative to give a voice to lesser-known independent filmmakers in Singapore in 2008. Over the last 10 years, it has documented the Singapore independent filmmaking scene closely through its regular in-depth features on filmmakers and other players in the film industry, as well as celebrated Singapore films through various on-the-ground initiatives such as ‘Mise-En-SIN’, the first ever exhibition of posters of contemporary Singapore films, as well as ‘Production Talk’, a filmmakers’ public dialogue session.

'881' Comic Art by Eric Khoo
‘881’ Comic Art by Eric Khoo

“SINdie started out as a ground up initiative and has grown to be an important part of the Singapore film community because of their consistency in documenting and reporting on Singapore cinema,” said Yuni Hadi, Executive Director of the Singapore International Film Festival.

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