Hear me talk about the power of stories at AFCC!


I’ve attended the Asian’s Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) every year for the past 2 years (see this post, and this post) for their excellent Writers and Illustrators conference – and I’m so thrilled to be there the third time this year. I’m doubly excited because instead of merely being a participant, I’m going to be a speaker this time round!

I’m going to be talking about the subject of story, and how this idea is central to artists who want to share their work with the world. As illustrators and artists, there is no better time than now to begin – no more waiting for gatekeepers or waiting for another client’s brief. Truly.

It’s a philosophy I teach on Work/Art/Play and I’m excited to be able to share it with the AFCC crowd.

The Writer’s and Illustrator’s conference within AFCC is happening from 3rd to 5th June 2015, at the National Library of Singapore and I hope to see you there!

For more information, head on over to the AFCC website.

Do you self-publish? Email me!

Calling self-published artists

Calling self-published artists


I just did a shout out on Instagram about finding artists and illustrators to feature for Pikaland’s gift guide this year (I think it should read 2014, not 2015, doh!) So if you know of any artists who self publishes on Amazon, Etsy, Lulu, Blurb, etc,; any kind of books – comics, zines, self-help, guides, stories, random stuff, etc feel free to send your recommendations over to be considered!

I think it could be an interesting, unconventional gift guide – it’s the kind of guide I’d definitely pick up myself (oh, because I’m obsessed with zines and books, if you haven’t noticed already!) so I’d appreciate any leads you have to share! I was planning on doing one on books and then the idea of having a listing of lesser-known authors/artists hit me a couple of days ago. I think it would be refreshing to provide some counter-balance to the whole spirit of Christmas consumerism and to spread some joy in the form of lovely surprises, which can often be found in the least unexpected of places.

I’ll be doing up the gift guide next week, so for any recommendations, you can email them as soon as you can to me at AMY @ PIKALAND . COM (remember to lose the spaces between characters before hitting “send”!) 

Work / Art / Play 2014: Registration opens next week!

Work/Art/Play's 2014 enrollment is open!



Folks, it’s time to hang on to your horses.

If you’ve been wondering when my Work/Art/Play online course will be opening its doors again, wonder no more – the date is set, and it’s going to be next week. The 25th of August, to be exact. The inaugural program we did last year was a success, and I can’t wait to re-live the experience with new students! For those of you who sent me emails asking when it would come again (there’s quite a few of you!) the nail-biting waiting period will be over soon. To make sure that you’ll be among the first to know when that happens, head over to the Work/Art/Play website to sign up to be notified. It’s going to be a good one, I can promise you that!

Watch this space for more details, and until then, have a great weekend folks!

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