Malaysian Games and Comic Convention 2012

30 May 2012 | Hisham | | Comics, Friends

The inaugural Malaysian Games and Comic Convention 2012 (MGCCon 2012) took place on the 19th and 20th of May at Kolej Damansara Utara.

I visited the event on Sunday the 20th. Here's hoping someday I'll be able to take part as a participant, perhaps with a table at Artist's Alley sketching stuff and selling swag. Compared to the conventions I'm used to, this would certainly be a more relaxing and fun one.

The atmosphere was quite energetic. There were comic book stores selling their wares, cosplayers walking all over the place (including one very impressive, dark armoured Republic Commando), artists sketching at their tables and PeKOMIK, the Malaysian comic artist association, would be having their award ceremony later that day. In other rooms, different workshops about cosplay photography (by photographer Jay Tablante), movie VFX (by Rhythm & Hues Malaysia), videogame talks (by Ubisoft Singapore) were being conducted. I managed to get into the "Style and Market Demand for Comics" talk, where one of the guest speakers was Datuk Lat.

Here are some of the photos I took of the event:

Artists' Alley! In the middle of everything is Remy "Eisu" Mokhtar, creator of the No Pink Ponies webcomic.

The young illustrators of Confused Monkey Studios show off the artwork I commissioned from them at their table as their dad Sheldon Goh look on.

Anywhere there is a concentration of comic books, it is likely that you'd find other Sitiawananians there for some reason. I haven't seen Khoo Khay Sern since the late 80s, but here we are bumping accidentally into each other at a comic convention.

Finally,the hardworking folks of Earth 638 can be found selling their wares and networking at the main hall, right beside the table where the special guests were sketching for the public. The special guests included Billy Tan, Leinil Francis Yu and Carlo Pagulayan!

An hour or so before closing time, the MPH booth announced that selected titles they had were being sold at a 50% discount. I picked up Marvel's Agents of Atlas trade paperback Turf Wars.It was only when I was en route home when I realized that the book had a cover by Leinil and some interiors by Carlo, but I didn't even think to ask them for autographs on the book. Oh well, maybe next time.

Written by Jeff Parker

Rafe's 5 Month Birthday

29 May 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

Adik is five months old! Almost to the half-year mark! Where does the time go?

Good morning smiley boy!

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The Amazing Adventures of Yaya, Adik and Auntie Jo - Part 1

27 May 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

We had a nice treat when the kids' Auntie Jo visited all the way from Leeds! Yaya had lots of time to play with Jo, and Jo had lots of time to cuddle Adik. And still spend some time with Vin and me ;-). The last time Jo visited was at Yaya's 2nd birthday, and this time with not as hot weather in May, it was just as much fun.

Jo with Yaya and Adik

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46 Months

22 May 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

The countdown is on! The girl is two months away from her fourth birthday! Woohooo!

Purple flowers

It has been an action-packed month, since Vin's sister Jo was here for over two weeks. (More on that later)

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Vicious Crucible's Page Borders

07 May 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Here are glimpses of page borders done for Kallisti Press' Vicious Crucible fantasy role-playing game by Josh Roby. I drew these some weeks ago on the netbook as it was slowly dying, but now the netbook's power supply is completely borked. Time to go get it fixed.

Forges, crucibles and such, NW
Forges, crucibles and such, SE
Weapons, armour and such, SE
Weapons, armour and such, NE

Click here to check out a Vicious Crucible preview of a Verdigis Valley map with one of the borders!


A Yaya and Adik Story - April 2012

06 May 2012 | sila | | Family Pics

OK, a second installment of the "choose your own adventure" of Yaya and Adik. This time I did jumble up the order (last time I went chronologically) to make up the story.

Enjoy! Also, feel free to write your own version!


Purple Mountain 10 - Stock Characters

04 May 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Recently, Purple Duck Games commissioned four stock role-playing game character artwork for their Purple Mountain 10 product, to be released soon!

Lucurio the Red Jester
Strangling Kurt
Kytos Sorceror
Feral Hill Giant

Player character? Non-player character? Go nuts with these!


Westward RPG - Creature Sketches

02 May 2012 | Hisham | | Artwork, Role Playing Games

Wicked North Game has been busy developing a new role-playing game using their Cinema 6 variant of the Open D6 system, entitled Westward. I have been given the task to visually design some creatures for Westward, based on descriptions and stats by Peter Schweighofer.

Here are initial designs that were sketched with no text description to whet your appetite.

Spongeweed and Flailing Hulk
Cannon Wasp
Rust Polyp and Gasbagger Zombie