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Level Up with Doujima in 2020

27 May , 2019,
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Into its seventh iteration, Doujin Market played home to over 360 artists, creators and designers from all around the world. The two-day event drew a record amount of visitors, with some 19,600 event-goers showing up to support Singapore’s biggest celebration of creator culture. 

Doujin Market was powered this year by industry partners Wacom, Pentel and EpicGear.sg, DanLim Print Lab and Oki Data. Supporting the event’s Networking Night was next-gen anime studio Blockpunk and FavePay, while leading creators stepped up to mentor newer ones through a series of seminars that ranged the gamut from boothing and merchandising tips to storytelling for webtoons.

“It’s heartening to see industry insiders give back to the communities they care about,” said Jason Koh, account director of Neo Tokyo Project and the founder of Doujin Market. “Doujima has proven itself to be the platform of choice for new and established creators to share their boundless passion for pop culture art.”

“We will continue working closely with industry partners and keep our ears close to the ground. That way, we can continue leading the market and pioneer a more robust ecosystem for aspiring creators at our event,” Jason added. 

Event newcomer RPG Day Singapore drew a crowd of its own. Sponsored by Geekified and supported by Game Academia and Games@PI, this segment showcased numerous local tabletop game designers and hobby groups. 

Singapore’s Dungeons & Dragons community was out in force to introduce new players to the game and to play an exclusive convention Epic — a multi-table raid where more than a hundred players banded together to save a fabled hero from the clutches of his dragon nemesis. 

Ten artists competed in the inaugural Wacom Art Arena, duking it out in a speed drawing challenge where they designed original characters based on the theme “Imagination is Power”. 

The two finalists later went head to head in a battle to create their own interpretation of ‘Doujinma’, the machine goddess of inspiration and creativity invented by Doujin Market’s fan community. Mints, a CG artist, walked away with the grand prize of a Wacom Cintiq 16 for her amazingly polished rendition of Doujinma. 

Mints’ creation will feature in the Tabula project, an initiative by Doujin Market to create an open source RPG world that artists can populate with their original characters and to tell their own stories. A webtoon about Tabula will also be released at Doujin Market next year, with art by Carillus, the creator of Singapore’s leading webtoon ExCo. 

“We wanted to do something more than retail, something to empower these young artists with the right tools to support their creativity,” said Mr. Adriel Chan, Wacom’s Manager of Geo Marketing for Southeast Asia. “We were astounded by the talent and skill they displayed during the contest, and we’re proud to support this growing community.”

Next year’s Doujin Market will feature brand-new content including workshops and masterclasses for creators of all levels seeking a more focused experience. Portfolio reviews will also make a return, together with a renewed focus on education and empowerment. 

Doujin Market’s 8th iteration takes place on 9-10 May 2020. To ensure creators have more time to prepare for next year’s event, registration will open from 1st June thru 31 December 2019, with special rates and priority booth placements for Super Early Bird applicants.

Further Information

For more information about Doujin Market, please visit http://www.doujimasg.com or www.facebook.com/doujima.sg

Video Highlights from Doujin Market 2019

Doujin Market 2019 Highlights

We had a great show this year, and we'd like to thank you for making 2019 such a wonderful success!

Posted by Doujin Market – Doujima on Monday, May 27, 2019

Doujima 2018 levels up, sees record breaking 18,000 visitors

7 May , 2018,
Doujin Market
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A new hall, a slew of fresh content, and renewed focus on education and empowerment were just some of the elements that cemented Doujin Market 2018’s position as Singapore’s defining pop culture arts & illustration event.

The two-day extravaganza of original and derivative fan content saw some 18,000 visitors flocking to Hall 406 of Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre last weekend, and featured over 250 creators from 13 countries around the region including Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam.

It was a weekend with seminars and portfolio reviews – a key feature of Doujin Market – coming to the fore, powered by industry players such as Wacom, 3dsense Media School and Collateral Damage Studios.

It was also the first time that celebrated veteran artist Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau graced Doujin Market, where he held a two-hour panel titled ‘Building Your Fanbase and Finding Your Style’, inspiring an audience of 200 aspiring creators.

This year, Doujin Market also celebrated the launch of passion projects by creators in the local scene, including artbooks, original tabletop games, game supplements and miniatures, webcomics and visual novels.

Opportunities for industry collaboration were also crystallized in Pentel’s Colour Brush Manga Contest and GameStart Asia’s Mascot Design Contest, and a networking session sponsored by homegrown illustration studio CDS and Artblovk.

“We have a responsibility to help youth artists develop not just their talents, but to refine their craft and to equip them with the skills they need to usher in a new age for comics and self-publishing in Singapore,” said Jason Koh, convention producer for Doujin Market and account director of Neo Tokyo Project. “We want them to take ownership of this creative space, to challenge the norm, the dated, to become disruptors (in the art scene). After all, they are poised to be the movers and shakers of the comic industry of tomorrow.”

Doujin Market 2018 was supported by Noise Movement, a part of Noise Singapore’s efforts which supports organisers whose initiatives encourage arts creation and participation among youth.

Next year’s Doujin Market will take place on 4-5 May 2019, in Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Halls 401/402.

Registration to exhibit at the event will begin early November 2018.

Further Information

For more information about Doujin Market, please visit http://www.doujimasg.com or www.facebook.com/doujima.sg

Video Highlights from Doujin Market 2018