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Asian Festival of Children’s Content

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Before you lament at how children spend all day with their noses stuck in the pages of a comic, take a step back to consider the possibility of comics as an educational resource that can keep a child hooked. Hear from comic aficionados how reading and also making comics can be an ingenious way to breathe life further into lessons in the classroom.

Comics and Graphic Novels Illustrations Reading for Children and Youths

Charis Loke

Charis Loke (Malaysia)

Charis is an illustrator, comics editor, and programme designer based in Malaysia. Her illustrations and comics have appeared in books, magazines, games and sidewalks. As Comics Editor and Illustrations Editor at New Naratif, she worked with artists to tell engaging, impactful visual stories. She also co-edited SOUND: A Comics Anthology with Budjette Tan, featuring 13 stories by Southeast Asian creators. At various points in her life she went to school for biochemistry, education, and visual sociology, and has taught youth and adults both in and beyond the classroom. Her website:

Clio Ding

Clio Ding (Singapore)

Clio is an art educator who occasionally dabbles with making comics and writing about them. Debuted in Arena Fantasy Vol.0 (2009) and Our Months Together (2015), Clio currently has two titles, Kev!n and Libera Nos A Malos serialised online via TCZ Studio’s PuraComixmag. Clio also writes for SG Cartoon Resource Hub. 


Qiyun (Singapore)

Qiyun is a Singaporean environmentalist that uses illustrations to communicate climate issues where she's known for her Instagram account, The Weird and Wild (@theweirdandwild). Trained in environmental sciences,  she harnesses the power of social media and illustrations to break down the complexities behind one of the most existential issues of our time. She has partnered with local and international organizations to do science communications work, and with corporate partners to work on public projects. She's also currently building a creative studio, Climate Commons, where her interdisciplinary team aims to explore novel ways to communicate climate issues. 

Lim Cheng Tju

Moderator Lim Cheng Tju (Singapore)

Lim Cheng Tju writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Popular Culture and the International Journal of Comic Art. He co-authored The University Socialist Club and the Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (Amsterdam University Press /  NUS Press, 2012).

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