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Doujin Market dominates with 17,000 visitors

11 May , 2017,
Doujin Market

Doujin Market 2017 reinforced its position as Singapore’s top youth arts & illustration event last weekend, with over 17,000 visitors flocking to Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre for a two-day extravaganza of original and derivative fan content.

The show featured more than 200 creators from Singapore and around the region, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand. Some 60 of these were first-timers, and included students eager to explore arts entrepreneurship.

Doujin Market has been an excellent avenue for aspiring artists to showcase their works to a receptive audience and to network with other more experienced artists,” said KC Ng, account manager of Collateral Damage Studios. “CDS is proud to have been a supporter and contributor to the convention since Day 1.”

This year, the event also saw the launch of World Doujin Day – a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to connect creators around the world, spotlighting their struggles, triumphs and dedication to improving their communities.

“What’s pop culture today will be the fine art of tomorrow,” said Jason Koh, convention producer for Doujin Market and account director of Neo Tokyo Project. “It’s important for young artists to take ownership of this burgeoning space and to canonize their creative journey as they usher in a new, disruption-driven age for comics and illustration in Singapore.”

Initiatives like World Doujin Day also help creators craft a shared history. The inauguration of Singapore’s first Doujin Archive, a time capsule for artists and visitors at Doujin Market, saw 152 original submissions, including hand-drawn illustrations, art books, handcrafted trinkets and even soft toys. These contributions will be exhibited in five years’ time, at the 10th anniversary of Doujin Market, to celebrate the community’s growth, imagination and resilience.

As part of its efforts to bring industry-relevant content to visitors, this year’s show boasted live demos, panels and seminars by veteran practitioners, including keynote segments presented by Wacom and InkInk Collectibles. Rounding out the mix of exhibitors were homegrown independent game studios Kaiju Den and Gazia Games, as well as private arts institutions MAGES Institute of Excellence and Lionheart Studio and publishing startup Animeludium.

The event will also continue its collaboration with local gaming convention GameStart Asia. Last Saturday marked the launch of submissions for the Alyse Art Contest, where artists who redesign the GameStart mascot in cyberpunk style could walk away with a free booth in the Doujin Market x GameStart 2017 artist alley.

Doujin Market is 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 5-6 May 2018. Registration to exhibit at the event will begin early November 2017.

Further Information

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

The press release and file photos can be found at: http://bit.ly/djmpostevent

Getting to Doujin Market 2017

3 May , 2017,
Doujin Market

We’re moving into a bigger, better location at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center this year, and here’s a quick guide to help you get to the show.

1. Getting to Suntec

Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center is THE go-to venue where all the cool pop culture shows are, and that’s where you’ll find us. Simply click on the handy map below to find out how you can get there.

2. Where do I go from here? 

There are two routes to The Concourse (L3) once you get to Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center.

Route A: From the Drop Off Point

Once you arrive at the drop off point, head towards one of the many escalators leading up to Level 3.

Take the escalator up to the landing.

Go through the glass doors towards The Concourse! It’s where the glass facade facing the street is. :3

Route B: Through the mall

You can take Route B if you’re heading through the mall from the MRT station.

Take the escalator up to Level 2 of the mall, where Tokyu Hands is, then skirt around past Din Tai Fung and Starbucks towards The Cocoa Trees.

Head past The Cocoa Trees and through the corridor leading towards the Convention Center.

Take the Convention Center access escalator up from Level 2 to The Concourse at Level 3.

Both routes will lead you to The Concourse, where you’ll find this year’s Doujin Market.

Was that easy to follow? See you this weekend! :3

Doujima Survival Guide: For Cosplayers!

3 May , 2016,
Doujin Market

While Doujin Market isn’t a cosplay event, it IS cosplayer friendly. That’s because we’re cosplayers too, and we appreciate the passion and artistry behind the craft.

If you intend to come to Doujin Market this weekend in costume, here are some tips to make your time with us fuss-free!

1. A Potion A Day


Need a mana potion? Look no further! :3

Keeping hydrated is one of the most important parts of being in costume, and we’re glad to say that the great folks at Pokka have you covered!

Be sure to grab your free can of Gabu Gabu at the show and also PLENISH, a tasty isotonic drink that’s perfect for (re)PLENISH-ing those lost electrolytes!

2. Heroes never die (unless they’re killed)


Simple craft supplies and the ever trusty duct tape will go a long way towards keeping your costume together in case of a malfunction.

If you’re going to cosplay at Doujima, you definitely want to bring a repair kit just in case!

Costume malfunctions happen to the best of us, having a sewing kit or glue on hand may make all the difference between suiting down early or having more time in costume.

3. You know the rules and so do I


Cosplayers are always welcome at our show. Just make sure you familiarize yourselves with the house rules!

Doujima’s a cosplay-friendly convention, so our usual house rules apply. Remember to keep them in mind while you’re having fun (and we’re sure you will)!

– Visitors are allowed to cosplay characters from any genre. There is no stipulation or limitation on the characters you can cosplay. However, cosplayers are reminded to practice positive convention etiquette.

– As this is a family friendly event, cosplayers are reminded to be mindful and to dress appropriately for the venue. Exceptionally revealing costumes and costumes that expose the underboob, pubic area and/or buttocks are strictly NOT allowed.

– Exposed metal props and/or props with sharp blades and/or sharp edges are strictly NOT allowed at the convention. Should you have a metal prop, the prop must be ‘peace-bonded’ (i.e. secured) in a bag or in it’s scabbard at all times. The organizer reserves the right to routinely inspect props with impunity for safety reasons.

– Props constructed out of wood, foam and other light materials are allowed as per normal.

– All gun props MUST have orange safety tips and/or clearly defined toy brands/labels and/or must be readily identifiable as a toy. Props capable of firing projectiles e.g. crossbow toys and NERF guns, must NOT be loaded at ALL times.

– You are NOT allowed to swing and/or brandish cosplay weapons, or act in a threatening and/or unruly manner with cosplay weapons while at the convention.

– Make use of the Chill Out Zone, which has been allocated for fans, visitors and cosplayers to hang out, but remember to take care of your belongings and your personal safety at all times!

And that’s all folks, thanks for reading our survival guides.

If you have any questions, be sure to ask on our event page or PM us on Facebook!

Doujima Survival Guide: Don’t Lose Your Way!

2 May , 2016,
Doujin Market

With Doujin Market just days away, we’ve decided to put together some handy guides to help you better your convention experience.

This year, Doujin Market takes place at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Center, which makes this our biggest show to date. The event will be held at the Crescent (Level 2), which is accessible both through the mall, and from the convention center. 

Simply follow the picture references and instructions below.

Route 1: From Taxi Stand/Convention Center






Route 2: From MRT/Mall Access




Be sure to bookmark this page if you think you’ll need to refer to these instructions again!

Also, look out for Part 2 and Part 3 of our Doujima Survival Guide for more tips and tricks to make the most of your Doujima weekend!

5 Things You Don’t Want to Miss at Doujin Market

18 Apr , 2016,
Doujin Market

With Doujima being at Suntec this year, there’s a lot more space for even more content and we have a lot more to offer this year!

Check out this list of 5 things you definitely don’t want to miss at our event!

1. Doujin Booths

As always, Doujima is a great place to check out the latest wares that your favourite doujin circles are selling. From local artists to those from around the region, we’re sure that you’ll find something to spend on!

Whether you’re a hardcore anime, comic book, game or manga fan, there’s something for everyone  at Doujin Market! Check all the booths!

2. Cosplayer Rest Area

Fear not, cosplayers! Doujima will also play host to a cosplayer rest area to beat the heat!

We’ll have chilled Gabu Gabu on hand while stocks last, so remember to ‘Like’ their page here. :3

Be sure to grab a refreshing can of Gabu Gabu at the show!

Be sure to grab a refreshing can of Gabu Gabu at the show!

3. Seminars and Workshops

We have even more free seminars this year, so be sure to sign up as soon as possible! From crowdfunding to paneling and writing workshops, you’ll definitely find something you’re interested in.

Check here for the list of seminars and their timeslots!


4. Visual Novel Hub

You’ll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for the Visual Novel Hub, brought to you by Afterthought Studios!

Try playing hands-on demos of visual novels from Afterthought Studios, Naïve Sprites, Star Maiden Games and Weeev; buy merchandise from your favorite game or get your hands on harmonicblend’s latest album!


Don’t forget to try out Forgotten, Not Lost while you’re there too!

5. Portfolio Reviews

Aspiring developer or artist? Why not bring your work to ask someone in the industry for tips and tricks to improve?

Afterthought Studios will be conducting portfolio reviews at the Visual Novel Hub, as will the Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) at their booth, so be sure to grab your portfolio and head on down!


Doujin Market’s definitely shaping up to be a fun and exciting one this year, so be sure to save the date alright?

We’ll see you 7-8 May at Suntec City!

Doujin Market joins IOEA!

23 Mar , 2016,
Doujin Market

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve joined the International Otaku Expo Association (I.O.E.A.), and are now part of a wider network of premier global otaku events.

We hope to reach out to more events around the world, and to bring the very best of international doujin and derivative fan art content to you!


100% of Artist Tables booked!

16 Mar , 2016,
Doujin Market

You read that right, folks! All 100% of our Artist Tables have been booked, which means Doujin Market will be Singapore’s biggest dedicated showcase of derivative fan art ever!

With 90 art groups and more than 100 exhibiting artists, we’re sure there will be something for everyone, whether you’re a fan of anime, comic books, games or manga.

Check out our list of exhibiting artists and our exhibitor map now!

Doujima 2016 map no patrons

Gabu Gabu! comes to Doujin Market!

10 Mar , 2016,
Doujin Market
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If you’ve got a craving for some awesome soda, then you’ll be happy to know that GABU GABU! is the Official Beverage for Doujin Market!

GABU GABU! is not your boring average soda. It’s a revolutionary, one-of-a-kind ice cream soda with a contemporary twist made with real milk and real fruit juice flavors for refreshingly real enjoyment.

Creamy yet light, rich yet refreshing. It’s bound to sweeten up your day! With GABU GABU! Life’s so perfect!

To redeem your free can of GABU GABU! at the event, simply come to the Neo Tokyo Project booth and show us that you ‘Like’ the official GABU GABU! Facebook page on your mobile device. Available while stocks last. 

Website: www.gabugabu.com.sg

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GABUGABU.sg

Make some Noise at Doujin Market!

2 Mar , 2016,
Doujin Market
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We’re happy to announce that Doujin Market – Doujima 2016 is supported by Noise Movement, an initiative of the National Arts Council which provides seed funding to ground-up programmes which get young people involved in the arts.

We’re grateful for their patronage, and hope that this year’s show will empower, excite and inspire the doujin community to greater heights!

Check out Noise Singapore today!

More than 50% Artist Tables Booked!

31 Jan , 2016,
Doujin Market

More than 50% of tables at Doujin Market have been booked and we’re really looking forward to seeing these talented artists at our event.


Don’t forget that registrations close March 15, 2016. If you’d like to apply for a table at the show, be sure to check out our [Artist Registration] page today!