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We were pleased to welcome last 29th September, Cheah Sinnan and Régis Hautière, comic book writers, sharing about their art and the role of their profession towards History !

2018 marks the centennial of the end of WWI. Many books and events have been written and organized to commemorate the Great War that failed to end all wars. But history books can only tell us so much. Comic books offer new ways of looking at WWI and WWII and the ravages of war.

For this session, we were pleased to welcome Singapore based artist Cheah Sinnan and French scriptwriter Régis Hautière. The discussion will be focusing on how comic book artists conceptualize the story and come up with characters, themes, etc.

The talk was moderated by Lim Cheng Tju, comic expert and country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art.

Régis Hautière is a French comic book writer with an impressively eclectic bibliography; he has published many award-winning books. In early 2013, he teamed up with illustrator Hardoc to create the comic series, La guerre des Lulus.

Cheah Sinann, currently based in Singapore is freelancing as a cartoonist, illustrator and writer. He is a former editorial cartoonist with The Straits Times, where he also produced the popular comic strip The House of Lim from the late 80s to the 90s. In 2014, Cheah wrote and drew a WWII story in the form of a graphic novel titled The Bicycle.

Lim Cheng Tju is an educator & curator who writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, the Journal of Popular Culture and the Print Quarterly. Recently he wrote the Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy, a comic book about the Sepoy Mutiny that happened in Singapore in 1915, during WWI.

Check out our photos during the event on our Facebook page!

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