As we prepare for our 35th anniversary exhibition opening this Saturday (we’re making sure everything runs smoothly for you!), let’s reminisce about some of our long-time comic artists who have played a huge role in our company, and one Asiapac publication that they have worked on each.
Chan Kok Sing
Born in 1971 in Malaysia, Chan Kok Sing did not have an easy childhood. However, he knew he loved drawing and did not give it up, eventually graduating from the Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1995 and securing a collaboration with Asiapac Books the year after.
The Eight Immortals is a Classic Taoist folk legend about eight ordinary people who attained immortality through selfless actions and good deeds. Together, they are celebrated because they signify happiness. Because of this tradition, the number eight has been considered by the Chinese to represent luck or good fortune.
Also born in Malaysia, Huang Qingrong joined Asiapac Books in 1998 on what was then the six-volume publication Water Margin. Water Margin depicts 108 victims of oppression during the Northern Song Dynasty who fought against corruption and treachery. This Chinese classic is based on true events and historical characters, which makes the story even more relevant to the everyday reader.
Huang Qingrong’s drawings are simple, comical and easy on the eye, making him skilled at adapting complex literary elements to suit younger readers.
Born in 1954, Jeffrey Seow is a Singaporean self-taught artist. Before becoming a comic artist, he worked as an illustrator in the local TV station, and also in the advertising industry. His experience in various creative roles has made him a very versatile artist.
The Analects of Confucius is a record of the life and teachings of Confucius, and represents the most important work stemming from Confucianism. It covers a wide range of topics, including politics, society, morality and education. Asiapac Books’ comic version accompanied by Jeffrey Seow’s humorous cartoons is a light-hearted read that will appeal to both young and old.
Fu Chunjiang was born in 1974 in China. He is particularly skilled in the traditional style of illustration commonly seen in Chinese classical adaptations.
Origins of Chinese Festivals tells of the different stories behind each traditional Chinese festival that we still celebrate today. This helps us better appreciate our traditions and also understand the reasons behind why we continue participating in these festivities now.
Come by our 35th anniversary comics exhibition at the Level 8 Promenade of the National Library Building from now until 9 December 2018 to feast your eyes on more beautiful artwork! What’s more, sign up for our free events for the whole family at https://www.eventbrite.sg/o/asiapac-books-14968450800 today!