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Sweet Time with Weng Pixin: From Zines to Graphic Novels. In conversation with Lim Cheng Tju.

Weng Pixin is the first Singapore comic artist to be published by Drawn & Quarterly. In this sharing, Pixin will chat with CT Lim about her journey and development as a comic artist and art educator. 

My name is Pixin (Pix for short). I was born in 1983 and grew up in sunny Singapore, an island city located along the equator. Upon graduating from (then-known-as) Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts in 2004 with a first class honours in Painting, I spent the next decade immersed in my art practice: working in a range of medium from painting, drawing, making comics to sewing and constructing using found objects. My facilitation of art workshops for children and adults in Singapore and overseas led to my interest and completion of a Masters in Art Therapy from LASALLE College of the Arts in 2016. 

I am part of Chicks on Comics, a comics collective based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The collective utilises comics as means of expression and discussion on assorted topics, issues and challenges. It provides me a space to get ‘outside’ of a repertoire of topics or themes that I generally work with, and encourages me to continually learn new ideas or ways of thinking, and to expand my thoughts and perspectives on diverse topics. 

When it comes to non-comics-related art such as painting, sewing and/or drawing, it is a much more process-driven experience where the final outcome is not the key interest, but rather, being with the act of making itself, on my own or with others. The making can be felt as a form of playing, where the adult-me meets the child-me to process our experiences together. It is incredibly rewarding and fun in that sense. 

As an artist, I divide my time between facilitating art workshops for children and working on my comics and art.

Lim Cheng Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and also the co-editor of Liquid City 2, an anthology of Southeast Asian comics published by Image Comics. He is one of the authors of The University Socialist Club and The Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (Amsterdam University Press/National University of Singapore Press). He recently wrote a comic book, Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy.