Kaleidoscope! A continually shifting scene, shapes and colors just like how the local amateur illustration/manga artists got together for a ‘doujinshi’ 「同人誌」 convention held over at Suntec City last weekend which might have rejuvenated the local doujin scene.
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As a small country, Singapore’s doujin circles only have got a few occasions where they can get to showcase their artworks and talents. Such occasions include Cosfest (Held in July) and the coming EOY (This December).
I was very much honored to be given the role of ‘semi-official’ photographer to cover this event. It was totally different from being just a passerby.
An idea, lots of discussions, generation of plans and social networking. Kaleidoscope! was a combined effort of both Collateral Damage Doujin Studios (CDDS) and Manga Oasis Cafe (A.K.A Mange Cafe).
This event featured lots of artist works, doujin booths selling their own illustrations and also ‘live’ demonstrations by some of the very talented artists on digital illustration/animation drawing.
Seeto (Spelling?) from Studio Bounce with his live demo on animation which attracted a large crowd. It was a real opportunity to get to see how animation gets done in real time!
There was also his assistant, whose name I didn’t managed to get, doing live demos as well.
Below’s a overview of their booth. They even had survey forms for people to fill up to get feedback on their animation. Good thinking!
Collateral Damage Doujin Studio with it’s main item – “SUPERSCENIC”. This is a collection of illustrations by the artists of CDDS, which also marks CDDS’ official debut as a doujin circle. Included in this collection is also an OST (Original Soundtrack) skillfully created by Tera, the sound designer.
The doujinshi, due to be out sometime in Dec, is priced at S$25. For those who have pre-ordered would have received a sticker, designed by Kwok.
There was also a awesome illustration of Hatsune Miku 「初音ミク」 done by Xephonia. Hatsune Miku’s the lastest craze among many Otakus. She’s known as the avatar for Vocaloid 2 (Voice Synthesizer Software) that was released more an a month ago. This will be included in the SUPERSCENIC book.
Illustrations by blankbook if I recall. Do correct me if I’m wrong ^^; Didn’t managed to get a good shot of Comix Pandora’s booth though.
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What’s an event without the presence of clubs?
Three clubs – NUS’s Anime Club (National University of Singapore), SP LifeArts (Singapore Polytechnic) and NTU Visual Art Society (Nanyang Technological University) were represented by their student clubs.
These clubs had a booth set up as well, and besides the featuring of illustrations, art demonstrations, they were even selling bookmarks!
Besides the showcase of different illustrations, there were also a graffiti corner set up for why – Illustrations of course! Somehow I think that having it called the ‘Illustration corner’ would be much better ^^;
Which was then ‘defaced’ by a certain female…
And lots of Dangos.
Not to be confused with the Graffiti Corner. This section contains pictures of the other artists that were drawing on their sketchbook and stuff.
I though Kaleidoscope was pretty well received. The number of people that turned out for this event had indeed exceeded the organizers’ expectations. This was also a nice opportunity for local otakus to meet up and share the joy of illustrations.
And of course, not forgetting the people that made this event possible..
This will not be the end of Kaleidoscope! For I believe more events like these will be organized and doujin circles will continue to participate in other otaku-related events as well.