TEXT BY JO TAN
Published on 19 January 2015
Local comic characters make the 3D transition to become stars of a live-action series and a play
Celebrated local comic artist Johnny Lau, creator of the beloved Mr Kiasu series, is set to see several of his character creations explode off pages onto stages and screens this year. Weekly comic strip Jump Class (跳班), which Lau has been drawing for Lianhe Zaobao’s student paper Thumbs Up, has just completed filming as a Mandarin live-action TV series, to air on StarHub Cable TV later in the year. Meanwhile, Mr Kiasu, which was previously turned into both a stellar Ch 5 sitcom starring Chew Chor Meng and a play featuring celebrities like Moses Lim interacting with an animated version of the titular character, may take to the stage again.
Lau is currently in talks for a brand-new theatrical adaptation premiering in the later half of 2015, this time with actors portraying the comic icons.
A bad artist blames his tools, a good one makes his own
When local artist Cherngzhi Lian couldn’t find a flaw-free sketchbook to use on his 14-month ‘drawing tour’ across Europe and Asia, he decided to create one. He came up with an idea for a sketchbook that is hard-bound, compact, with strong, pliable high-quality cotton paper, and opens flat so that you can draw across two pages. Forty-five days and US$53,000 (S$68,900) in crowdfunding later, The Perfect Sketchbook was created, together with premium leather and paper label Bynd Artisan. Details at www.theperfectsketchbook.com.