As you know, Singapore Comic Con (SGCC) 2019 is happening this December. It’s going to be another event full of exciting panels, awesome art, toys and more, and of course, wonderful cosplays.
And if you’re an aspiring creator, make this year be the year you take one step closer to achieving your dream! Let me show you how!
A brand new initiative: the W.I.P programme
SGCC will be introducing the “Work in Progress” (W.I.P.) programme where chosen budding creators can meet for in-depth discussions with professional publishers and artists from the world of comics, like the creators of Sarah Scribbles (Sarah Andersen) and My Giant Nerd Boyfriend (Fishball), Shogakukan Asia, Asiapac Books Pte Ltd and Vividthree Productions Pte Ltd + Darkbox Studio Pte Ltd.
Mr. Suhaimi Sainy, Senior Manager, Reed Exhibitions stated in the official press release: “Many of our fans don’t just gobble up comics and pop culture but are also aspiring creators with their own original ideas and unique stories to tell.”
This initiative is to support and motivate local and Southeast Asian creators who aspire to have their works published. By taking part in the W.I.P programme, you have the chance to show off what you can do and get talent spotted!
“We hope that with the W.I.P programme, we can unearth new talents, encourage people to explore opportunities to turn their passion into reality and make their dreams come true by turning their passion projects into published works,” he added.
Mr. Bunsho Kajiya, Managing Director, Shogakukan Asia Pte Ltd expressed his pleasure in working with SGCC and participating creators.
“As the leading publisher of manga titles, Shogakukan Asia’s editors possess a treasure trove of experience and knowledge which we would like to impart to a new generation of local and regional talent.”
Chong Lingying, Manager of Asiapac Books also commended the W.I.P programme for being a “fantastic opportunity for artists”.
“Our company has always been committed to nurturing emerging comic talent, having published early works of many successful and well- loved comic artists such as Wee Tian Beng (Singapore), Chan Kok Sing (Malaysia) and Hu Rong (Japan/China),” he continued.
How to take part in the W.I.P programme
To participate, you’ll have to create and submit a proposal containing the following:
- A one-page synopsis of the overall story (include a title and plot in various formats like graphic novel, miniseries or an on-going comic storyline).
- Three to five pages of fully inked or lettered sequential pages and a mockup cover page.
- Compile them into a single PDF file (10MB or less) as a proposal.
- *Submit your proposal.
Submission date: From 29 August 2019
For more info, visit singaporecomiccon.com.
Good luck, future pro creators!
*Update: There’s a registration form to fill up too. Look out for it on 29 August on the SGCC website!