Being KLAB (alternative to the boring old mainstream bookfest that flogs mainly text and self-help books, and the all the usual stuff found at bookstores), it was mostly about local small presses, distributors and authors. The Dram Projects was allowed to sell secondhand mainstream internationally published books because we were fund-raising - thanks Amir and Zulhabri.
Anyway, here's what I picked up at the festival:
The Book That Was Handed Down by Yixian Quek, illustrated by Grace Duan Ying
(a picture book that was self-published with funds awarded as part of the Singabore National Book Development Council's First Book initiative)
Still Life: An Autobiographical Novella Comic by Ming
What it says.
A Nation Cheated by Chee Suan Juan
The author is the leader of the Singapore Democratic Party.
Window Shopping for Enlightenment by ... A.N?
(A sort of graphic novel thing inspired by Tarot suits)
A Love Letter by Chin Yew
A short comic I helped to edit. Looks pretty, printed on recycled paper.
mostpodern by Munkao
Typical of Munkao's zines - wacky, weird and weirder.
Kacip by Pipiyapong (Sindiket Sol-Jah)
A compilation of blog posts by Pipiyapong
Why Does She Laugh at My Tragedy by Chi
Stick figures ponder the tragedy of love gone wrong
A zine from Spore
Untitled by Adila
A zine about the strange world of Adila Abdul Malik
Che Untuk Pemula by Sergio & Agung Arif Budiman (Resist Book)
Che Guevera for beginners, a graphic guide, from Indonesia.
Perempuan Simpanan (Sindiket Sol-Jah)
A compilation of blog posts by various women bloggers
A short story by Zedeck Siew, illustrated by Sharon Chin
(see illustration at the top of this post)
Just love the covers indie publishers come up with. Why do books by some of the big local publishing groups look so godawful???