Doujin Market 2016 – Singapore’s Biggest Yet
Doujinma returns in Singapore and is looking to be the biggest yet. It debut last year to an inspiring start, enough to fuel more focused effort and the realistic awareness to dream big!
Here is the official word from our friends, the organisers themselves The Neo Tokyo Project!
Singapore – Neo Tokyo Project’s Doujin Market (Doujima) returns this year – bigger, better and bolder, with a new venue and fresh content that showcases the very best in illustration and derivative fan content.
Taking place on 7th and 8th May at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre, the show will feature some 90 arts groups, over 100 youth artists from Singapore and around the region, a dedicated Visual Novel Hub, seminars, as well as networking opportunities for aspiring creators.
“Interest in Doujima has exploded since our first iteration at *SCAPE in 2014,” said Jason Koh, Account Director of Neo Tokyo Project. “Moving to Suntec is the logical choice as it allows us to provide an even bigger, better equipped and more visible platform for creators to showcase their works.”
This year, Doujima is supported by Noise Movement, an initiative of the National Arts Council which provides seed funding to ground-up programs to catalyze arts creation, participation and appreciation among young people. The event is also recognized by the International Otaku Expo Association (I.O.E.A.) of Japan as a
premier exhibition in Singapore.
Since 2014, the number of exhibiting circles has grown threefold and visitors can expect artists from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines and the United States, as well as homegrown collectives like Collateral Damage Studios, Daiyaku and FantaisieNocturne Productions at Doujima.
The Visual Novel Hub, the first of its kind here, will also feature local and international titles by independent game developers. It is presented by Afterthought Studios, the creators of Singapore’s first successfully – Kickstarted visual novel – ‘A More Beautiful World’.
“Visual novels are a compelling new way of storytelling. I hope to pave the way for aspiring creators to get their start in this growing industry,” said Darren Kwok, Director of Afterthought Studios. “I’m certain that with both community and top-down support, we will see more and more independent titles being published in Singapore.”
As part of Doujima’s ongoing efforts to spur youth entrepreneurship in the arts and inspire budding artists to create, visitors can look forward to a series of seminars by industry professionals on drawing, marketing and self-publishing.
While Doujima is not a cosplay event, cosplayers and pop-culture fans are welcome to get in on the act, with a dedicated chillout zone and refreshing soda from Official Beverage Gabu Gabu.
“We at Neo Tokyo Project are committed to forging new avenues for artistic expression,” said Jason. “We hope that this year’s programs will engage, excite and empower the community to greater heights.” he added.
Doujin Market 2016 will take place at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, at The Crescent (L2) on 7th and 8th May. Doors open from 11 am to 7 pm daily. Admission is FREE.
Visual Nove l Hub
The Visual Novel Hub at Doujin Market is presented by Afterthought Studios, and features the works of several independent creators and publishers.
Afterthought Studios is a visual novel developer and the publisher of
Singapore’s first crowd-funded visual novel “A More Beautiful World”. With
the motto “Touching Hearts Through Words” fueling their vision, the studio
strives to create compelling stories inspired by real issues and real life.
“harmonicblend” is a music group created by Trass. The group consists of
Trass and his friends across the world, who came together to create art and
fun. The group debuted the release of Dreaming Mary, a horror rpg maker
game created by one of harmonicblend’s members, accha. She then made a
second game, Painted Heart, still with music from harmonicblend. Since
then, harmonicblend had been commissioned to do a number of OSTs for
several indie games, such as “But I Love You”, “Yume no Sono”, or “A More
Beautiful World”. harmonicblend is also actively releasing hymmnos albums,
fanwork of video game series, “Ar tonelico”, namely “Sol=Akata ~Melifan oz
sasye oz sheak~” and “COSMOCRYSTAL: Clalliss xest hymmnos”.
Naïve Sprites is an indie otome game group that’s currently developing a
visual novel entitled A Very Important Date. Our goal is to make stories that
all of you wonderful people want to read. We hope to shake-up the visual
novel market with more westernized stores, while still retaining the beautiful
anime inspired art.
Star Maiden Games
Star Maiden games is a visual novel start-up company that aims to bust
common otome tropes and blend genres with their games to craft highquality,
As an up-and-coming game developer, Weeev develops games with gaspworthy
plot twists, amazing art, and dozens of sweet moments that provide
Doujin Market 2016 – Event FAQ
1. When is Doujin Market?
Doujin Market 2016 is held on 7-8 May (Sat & Sun) 2016. Opening hours are 11 am to 7 pm daily.
2. Where is Doujin Market held?
The fair will be held at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre (L2), The Crescent.
3. Who is the organizer of Doujin Market?
Doujin Market is a community event organized by Neo Tokyo Project. Neo Tokyo Project is Singapore’s first dedicated pop-culture marketing collective and also the organizers of International Cosplay Day Singapore (ICDS).
4. Who should visit Doujin Market?
If you are a fan of art, illustration and derivative content inspired by pop-culture, an artist or creator, or someone in the creative industries, this show is for you. We also welcome corporations in animation, arts education, game
design and publishing to join us.
5. Do I have to purchase a ticket to enter Doujin Market?
Admission to Doujin Market is absolutely FREE.
6. Can I cosplay at Doujin Market?
While Doujin Market is not a cosplay event, the event is “Cosplay Friendly”. This means that cosplayers are welcome to join us and may freely make use of the Chillout Zone at the back of the hall to hang out and stow your items so long as you are not disruptive to exhibitors and other visitors. Do remember to be on your best behavior if
you plan to cosplay and be sure to take care of your own valuables! Standard convention rules and positive cosplay etiquette apply.
7. Is photography allowed?
You are welcome to take pictures at Doujin Market. However, do bear in mind that photography, filming or recording is prohibited during seminars and presentations. Also, some exhibitors and artists may not allow photography. Do ask for permission, and if they decline to be photographed, please respect their wishes.
Have a good one!