DreamWalker – “A Child’s Dream” out now!!

Hiya guys…

if you’ve enjoyed the first volume of DreamWalker, here’s the second volume for your consumption pleasure~!

DreamWalker – “A Child’s Dream” out now!!

In the second series, Yume and Ken finally encounters their first tough opponent, Belle. Are they able to defeat her? Will they be able to put an end to the nightmare incident?

Get your copy of the comic at all leading bookstores. You can also purchase the book on ComixPandora.com and CelestialZone.com.

*With any online purchase, you are entitled ONE free character badge. There are five designs to choose from. Please indicate one alphabet badge you want and indicate your PO No. and email to tczstudio@pacific.net.sg.

Click here to view badge designs.
Click here to preview.

In other news, AMWC is mentioned in today’s edition of MY PAPER~!

Although there are a few *cough* errors, but hey, a little exposure is good for AMWC! Thanks Pamela!

PS: The online version is here.

moon

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Self-publishing your comic/graphic novel/manga

I found this website where Lars Martinson, a cartoon, writes about how he went about self-publishing his own graphic novel. Some of the advice may be American-oriented but I think they’re quite useful for comic artists of all nationalities as well. =D

Read and learn then.

How I Self-Published a Graphic Novel

  1. 1/10 – Introductions / Disclaimers
  2. 2/10 – Honing Your Craft / Creating Your Comic
  3. 3/10 – Research, Research, Research
  4. 4/10 – Savings & Money Management
  5. 5/10 – The Xeric Grant
  6. 6/10 – Preparing for Press
  7. 7/10 – Working with Book Printers
  8. 8/10 – Distribution
  9. 9/10 – Marketing
  10. 10/10 – The Long Haul / Conclusion

moon

On self-publishing for manga

I was looking around for people who self-published their own manga online when I came across PandaBuddha Manga that has published Project Blue Rose, a manga that seems to have some yaoi elements if I’m not wrong. =3

If you like this type of manga, head on over to their site and have a look.

What I’m more interested in is their advice on self-publishing which you can take a look. I’ve been looking around for self-published illustrators, mangaka, comic artists to feature on the AMWC Book Tour Series but somehow, they all seem to be missing in action. =x

Where have all these talented people gone? There are no lack of people who declare they want to be a mangaka but where are the ones who have taken a concrete step towards realising their dream of being published?

If you know anyone who is published, do let me know. Even my legendary googling skills have failed to turn up anyone. LOL.

Aspiring mangakas, PandaBuddha Manga also has useful tutorials on topics like page bleeding, inking and how to sell art at conventions.

Also found an interview on Madeleine Rosca who self-published her manga  “Hollow Fields” online and got discovered by Seven Seas Entertainment.

moon

Virtual Book Tour #10-Dream Walker by Yeo Hui Xuan

When and why did you start drawing manga?

Dream Walker by Yeo Hui XuanI have always wanted to publish my own manga series/comic book.
From 1999, I started my training by drawing one-panelled and four-panelled comics. After graduating from secondary school, my time became much more flexible and I was able to work on story-type comics.

Who is/are your greatest influence(s) in your drawings?

Takahashi Rumiko and Togashi Yoshihiro. I really love their character designs and concepts.

What gave you the inspiration for Dream Walker?

I once had a short-story comic series that was featured in TCZ studio’s Steps Comics showcase (published in The Celestial Zone 2 Collector’s Series Volume 7 and 8). The work was titled “Dream”.

When I was planning for the series, I decided to use that work as a base for my concept. So I began researching and gathering various useful materials and information on dreams and built up” the “Dream Walker” series from there.

Tell us about your journey to publishing Dream Walker. What was it like to work with Mr Wee Tian Beng?

It’s been tough; I find myself constantly stressed, from the initial stages of brain-storming up till even now still… (laughs)

Mr Wee has guided me throughout the process: from artwork to story-telling, he is always ready to offer me constructive criticisms and useful ideas for my works. He has taught me the do’s and don’ts of working on comics. I have learnt much from him.

What are your future plans? When can we expect a sequel to Dream Walker?
As the preparation of each volume of Dreamwalker can take up to a few months at a time, I plan to produce and sell various Dreamwalker merchandise in between books. These items will be up for sale through the
Comix Pandora e-commerce network as well as during various local anime/manga-related events.

More details and various updates can be found in my Dream Walker offical journal as well as the ComixPandora website.

I have the story planned up until Volume 6; as the story progresses,Yume and the gang will have more than just Boumas to contend with, and of course they will grow stronger.

If one were to be a mangaka in Singapore, what kind of advice would you give him/her?

Many people think that being a comic artist is an easy thing, but once you start, you’ll come to realise that it is a tedious job, a tough road to trek. If your drawing skills are weak, you must train yourself by drawing more.
Try to read and watch anything that can inspire you to create a good story.

Always bear in mind that when you are working on a comic, it is completely different from working on an illustration. Those who wish to be a mangaka, my advice is to start by being a doujinshi artist, you can learn a lot from there.

Hui Xuan’s book is available at all Comics Connection outlets and all good bookstores in Singapore. You can also buy it online at The Celestial Zone. Do support Singaporean manga talent by buying her books!

Want to be featured as an author/mangaka on the AMWC Virtual Book Tour? Check out our simple guidelines and we look forward to hearing from you! =3

A token from Hui Xuan

I’ve had the pleasure to interview Hui Xuan of the Dream Walker manga and she was gracious enough to draw me this cute little picture~!

Thank You by Hui Xuan

So cool right? Just thought I would share it with your guys. =3 Well, you can catch her interview on 3rd November 2009 where she talks about her manga and future plans~! =3

Don’t forget to also buy her book. It promises to be a good read according to sarahcoldheart~!

Stay tuned!

PS: Pets Magazine (Singapore) is looking for editorial interns! So if you love animals and would like to have a chance to work in a magazine, send in your resume. Details at their website.

moon

Got a book (fiction or manga)? Let us know!

Hi guys! Moon here with good news for our aspiring writers/mangaka who, despite all odds, have published their works online or offline! If you have an e-novel or e-manga or a hardcopy of your work that you’ll like to promote online but don’t know how or have no funds to do so, simply email me at aspiringmw[at]gmail[dot]com!

I’ll be happy to feature you and your book here on the AMWC blog! Simply include details of your book and your contact details so I can get in touch with you. =)

Have a great day ahead!

moon

A drafty topic

Hello everyone!

Kobayashi, mangaka, of AMWC here! Well, I can write too, but I’d much rather do a comic, I’d like to share on why too, but there seems to be too many of such posts around so I’ll skip that. You guys probably wouldn’t be interested in my autobiography anyway. Well, Moon requested a guest post from me, I shall oblige. Despite being an amateur, I’ll share on what I have learnt picked up so far. Should there be any errors, please forgive, we’re all still learning. So here, I bring to you the thing which involves writers and mangakas (or comickers as some would call us):

DRAFTS. I wouldn’t say that it’s a must for all works to have drafts, but I would say it CERTAINLY makes things a lot better, both for the readers (having a better story to read) and the writers/mangakas (easier writing process). So what is a draft? A search on dictionary.com provides us with 38 answers, however, only the first 2 is related to the topic today:

  1. a drawing, sketch, or design
  2. a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc.

Simple enough. A draft would actually be sort-of a skeleton of a story/comic, containing only crucial information, events and actions that are usually decided by the direction of the plot. A draft serves the main purpose of allowing yourself, and maybe your editor, to see a simple and clear plot line, minus all the fancy language or extras. Having a clear plot line allows one to stay focused on the direction of the story without being distracted by the fact that there’s a random cat lying around or that the passer-by just farted. You’ll have a clear birds-eye view of the situation, much like what God would probably be having, and from there, make necessary changes to improve your story and further plan the story, should you be required to. Without a draft, you’d probably have to read through your lengthy written work to find the area of which you wanted to make changes to and lose track of your idea half-way through it. Furthermore, doing up a draft is a lot easier and less time consuming than the real deal, as you can leave out all the little things which give your work it’s flavour (readers aren’t going to read your draft, are they?), and you would not be required to change as much as compared to working directly on the manuscript itself.

Being a mangaka, I’m obliged to share views and tips about writing/drawing comics as regards to the topic. From what I have experienced so far, there are quite a few ways to do a draft for your work. One of it being thumbscripts (think thumbnails with words instead of pictures),in which you decide what would be portrayed in each page or panel by writing in small versions of the pages or panels. Another is would be a totally written form, in which everything is put down in words, from the size of the panel to the dialogue of the characters. However, my method of choice is rough sketches of the page itself (the Japanese call it ‘names’, I wonder why too), in which, a rough version of what the page would look like, how the panels and speech bubbles are placed, how the characters look like in them and what they are doing. It’s up to the individuals’ preference as to which way of doing it is better, after all, you should be comfortable with your working style.

In addition to the plot and development of events, a draft for a comic, if you were to do rough sketches for it, also enables you to have a pictorial understanding of the flow of the comic. As any comicker should know, paneling is very important in the writing of a comic as it guides the reader along the story. Depending on the shape, position and size of the panel, a reader’s attention can be grabbed or redirected easier. With the help of your draft, you’ll be able to put yourself in the readers’ shoes as you feel how your paneling is guiding you through the story, whether the point you wanted to bring attention to is working out or producing a counter-effect. Many things are always perfect when we picture it in out mind, but leave a totally different impression upon finding its way onto paper. Thus, a draft would give you a preview and allow for changes in the paneling and placement After all, you want the readers to see and experience the things that you are trying to express, keeping the good stuff for yourself isn’t going to be as much of a thrill as compared to sharing it with others.

Like written drafts for novels, a draft sketch should also be kept simple. Draft sketches can be as simple as skeleton sketches in poses related to the plot (labeled as who they should be, of course), roughly drawn panels and bubbles and your untidy handwriting for dialogues. Backgrounds can even be left out, unless, of course, its important to the development of the plot. After all it is still a DRAFT, and would not be seen by your adoring fans who think you that you’re incapable of drawing anything short of a well-inked comics. Furthermore, keeping things simple in the draft means that you’d be spending less time working on the details which give the final touch to the picture only to find out that it didn’t look as thrilling as expected as it appeared in your mind’s eye, then grumble on how you have to redo your well-detailed face which you spent a full-hour on. Keep in mind that this is still your draft and your masterpiece will ultimately be your manuscript.

Doing drafts can be a real bore, knowing that things you put down in the draft is merely temporary and that you are required to do up a well-done manuscript for printing or submission. I, for one, have the same feeling too. I even worry at times that I would not be able to reproduce the draft’s effect in the manuscript later on. No one’s stopping you from working on your manuscript without a draft, unless you have an editor who insists on seeing a draft before allowing you to start on any actual work. However, we must understand that there is no perfect piece of work and every piece of work would have room for improvement. As mentioned above, your draft allows you to see your script in a glance and make changes easily. As such, you would be able to make necessary changes to improve your story with more ease and produce a better piece of work, which is, of course, delightful for everyone.

I feel that doing a draft is a wonderful way to help guide yourself through your piece of work and improving it. Concluding this sharing, I strongly encourage writers and mangakas to work on drafts and go through it to help produce quality work, both for yourselves and the readers. Remember, there’ll always be room for improvement, regardless the standard.

P.S. Mangakas (writers too), please read BAKUMAN (from the creators of ‘Death Note’), it offers much insight into the work and industry (in Japan though) of the mangakas. I guarantee it’ll help you a way or another.

kobayashi