An early scene in A Drifting Life describes the strange excitement felt by a young artist upon seeing his first published work. In one small panel of Yoshihiro Tatsumi’s epic memoir, his teenage alter-ego, Hiroshi, stands motionless and anxious, looking at the magazine containing his story.
“Hiroshi felt dizzy and shaky, as if blood was being drawn. He stared at the page for a long time.”
Several young artists and writers from Singapore could soon experience that same sensation, with the publication of the two-volume Arena by the Association of Comic Artists (Singapore) and published by Nice One Entertainment.
Subtitled, “Five tales, five teams, one parade,” each volume of Arena features five stories, one volume for fantasy stories, the other for sci-fi.