Far from resting on its laurels, Doujin Market, has once again leveled up its game with a bigger hall and even more content for 2018. Fueled by a renewed focus on self-improvement, creating industry opportunities and promoting original content, expect to see fan and original work from international young talent, with 212 artist groups from 13 different countries including Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the US and Vietnam. Seminars and portfolio reviews also return in full force, with 4 different sessions over the weekend and a total of 10 different seminars by industry players such as Wacom, 3dsense Media School and Collateral Damage Studios. It is also the first time that celebrated veteran artist Stanley ‘Artgerm’ Lau will be gracing the event. He will be holding a two-hour panel titled, ‘Building Your Fanbase and Finding Your Style’, and conducting portfolio reviews for aspiring creators. Limited-edition numbered art prints featuring Stanley’s depiction of the show’s mascot Doujima Haru will be on sale at the organiser’s booth, with proceeds going towards bettering the show. Pentel will also be crowning the winner of its Colour Brush Manga Contest at the event, and exhibiting the work of 10 shortlisted participants at their booth. Similarly, GameStart Asia will be launching their mascot redesign contest for 2018 at Doujin Market, with a focus on a fantasy theme – Fire and Ice. Fans of comic and concept artists can also look forward to the likes of Muju Monster, Daniel Kamarudin (thedurrrrian), Rian Gonzales (Rianbowart), Trivia Goh (Trivialities), Koi, Serafleur and Frany at the InkInk Collectibles booth, where they will be available for signing sessions and on-the-spot art commissions. A slew of artists and creators will also be debuting their personal projects at Doujin Market 2018 — including artbooks, original tabletop games and game supplements, webcomics and visual novels. Afterthought Studios, the studio behind Singapore’s first Kickstarted visual novel, will be premiering Lunaniere, a new studio branch that focuses on games for the female demographic. Concept art from their latest game ‘Wishes in Pen: Chrysanthemums in August’ will be on preview at the show. Also making their first appearance at the show are original games by independent developers such as the Purrballs: Catventure Card Game, mecha skirmish game Eisenfront and the Codex Fantasia role-playing game. Pentopia, a collaboration between CGlas and Doujin Market convention producer Jason Koh, will also be on exhibition. An original fantasy world designed to be compatible with the 5th edition of the world’s most popular tabletop role-playing game, Pentopia will be soon be on Kickstarter. “Doujin Market isn’t about selling artists and their creations as a spectacle,” Jason said, “it’s about giving them the platform to put themselves out there and make the industry connections to elevate their work. We’re grateful that so many are willing to support us in our bid to create opportunities for fresh talent rather than promoting insularity.” “After all,” added Darren Kwok, director at Lunaniere, “it is our duty as industry pioneers to pave the way and make it possible for others to follow in our footsteps.” Doujin Market 2018 takes place from 12pm to 8pm daily on 5-6 May at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Centre, Hall 406. Admission is free.