At this point in time, we would like to give an update on the current progress of the Roleplayers comic series. Here’s some photos of the printed proof copies of the first and second issues. The third issue is undergoing editorial scrutiny at the moment but the bulk of the work has been completed and work has already begun on issue 4 of the series.
With this milestone achieved, our series creator, Derek Chua, has some thoughts to pen down:
“Having received the printed proof copy to issue 2, I feel it is time to do another journal entry. This time, I specifically want to give a shout-out to JF Koh, who is listed in the editorial credits for the second issue of Roleplayers. As readers will notice, there is no editor for the first issue of the series. I had to do everything from the story, to the art and finally editing on my own as a comics creator. This is often the case for many independent small press comics creators. It can be good to be the sole creator because it allows for creative freedom in making creative decisions when it comes to making the comic but at the same time, it also introduces the problem of what I would refer to as “tunnel vision”. Creators like myself, can become “myopic” and fail to see mistakes or problematic areas that may be present in our work because we are too “into” it. It is times like these that an extra pair of eyes can be extremely helpful to help us catch errors and rectify them before releasing our work out to the general audience.
In issue 2, I am grateful to have the editorial help of JF Koh. JF is no stranger to the comics scene in Singapore. I first got to know JF from the first Singapore 24 hours comics day when he co-organised the event and has been running it since its first inception in Singapore in 2010. JF also runs Panelgraph, an online quarterly comics magazine and it is through this platform that I am able to receive editorial feedback from JF. With Panelgraph, I get the opportunity to hone my craft as well as interact with and receive feedback on my work from aspiring comic creators, veterans, hobbyists and enthusiasts alike.
As such, I highly recommend anyone who is interested in making comics or curious about the process of making comics to check out Panelgraph and its Facebook page where you can find out more about the meetings and workshops lined up for the year. Whether you are a beginner or a professional, I am sure there is always something you can learn from fellow comickers at Panelgraph meetings.
Thanks JF! Your editorial help on issue 2 of Roleplayers is much appreciated! I look forward to more opportunities to learn from you.”