Month: March 2013

Wally Wood’s 22 Panels


An oldie but goodie from the great/amazing/legendary  Wally Wood (via Joel Johnson) 🙂

If you’re wondering about the mysterious “Ben Day” like I was:

Benday dots are named after printer Benjamin Day and are responsible for the screened dots look that you see in older comics.

What Wally Wood is talking about is commonly referred to ans screentones or zip-a-tone.

Looking for Singaporean Comics!


Epigram Books is looking for original comics/graphic novels content so if you have any stories you wanna see published do send them in! 🙂

Calling all aspiring comics creators! Local independent publisher Epigram Books invites you to submit your manuscripts to be considered for publication.

With support from the Media Development Authority, Epigram Books has published three comics by local creators in 2012—Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng, Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise by drewscape and Scenegapore by miel. The Girl Under the Bed by Dave Chua and Xiao Yan and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Eisner-nominated Sonny Liew are forthcoming in 2013.

We are especially enthusiastic about work that is set locally and / or reflects a Singaporean or regional perspective. We welcome submissions from both established and first-time creators, and partial manuscripts or detailed book proposals are welcome.

For further information or queries, contact:

Ruth Wan | Managing Editor, Epigram Books | +65 6292-4456

Recession Comics


During my research for the Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, I came across (pg 169) in the NHB/National Archives’s “The Second Decade: Nation Building in Progress 1975-1985” a rather curious excerpt from the Straits Times, March 26-27 , 1986 – a comic entitled “Recession & You“. (there’s an online version here:

The image in the book itself was too small and low res to read, so I got microfilm versions from the library:



Some curiosities:

1. The wild, unabashed materialism. “What color Mercedes are we buying? I can’t wait to go to Europe. I want a Lego set!”

2. The prominence given to BG Lee Hsien Loong

3. National stereotypes agogo (Japanese people say “AH SO!”)

I do wonder who the artist(s), Uranium, is though! 🙂

Plus a forum writer’s reaction: