Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma, a new intergenerational family-friendly superhero graphic novel, is launching on 21 November! Join creators Melanie Lee and Arif Rafhan as they reveal more about the dynamic superhero duo characters and share their process of creating the book! During the session, participants will get to hear a short excerpt during the reading session. Finally, the session will conclude with a workshop where children and adults alike can explore what superheroes they want to be, and design their own superhero duo! It's fun for the whole family—sign up at bit.ly/ASHBOOKLAUNCH.
A4 paper (preferably thicker paper -- a thin cardboard would be ideal)
Markers, pens, pencils, colouring material
A few rubber bands
- Introduction of Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma and creators Melanie Lee and Arif Rafhan
- Short introduction by Ivan Loh from Lien Foundation about dementia and why it is important to expose children to the concepts of ageing and dementia
- Meet the Creators: Creating Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma
- Short reading session of Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma
- Superhero workshop: Design your own Superhero Duo!
- End of session and lucky draw
Eleven-year-old Ash doesn't have much to look forward to: maths tests, a naggy Mum, and an Ah Ma who doesn't know much about her. That is, until she discovers something that will change her life—Ah Ma is a superhero! The best part is, Ash discovers that she has superpowers too!
Life is so much more exciting as a superhero-in-training. However, Ash can't help but notice that Ah Ma sometimes gets a little absent-minded while showing her the ropes. Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma is a funny and heartwarming story about family and acceptance. Growing up and growing old is never easy—and all the more perplexing when secrets and superpowers are added to the mix.
Melanie Lee - Writer of Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma
Melanie is the author of the picture book series, "The Adventures of Squirky the Alien", which picked up the Crystal Kite Award (Middle East/India/Asia division) in 2016. She has also published "Imaginary Friends: 26 Whimsical Fables for Getting on in a Crazy World", a collection of illustrated short stories together with Arif Rafhan. Besides books, Melanie writes content related to the arts, heritage and lifestyle for a variety of platforms including museums, documentaries, magazines and websites. In addition, she is Associate Faculty at the Singapore University of Social Sciences developing and teaching media writing courses.
Arif Rafhan - Illustrator of Writer of Amazing Ash & Superhero Ah Ma
Arif Rafhan is a comic artist, illustrator and pre-production artist. His work has been published in more than 10 books to date by MPH, Buku Fixi, Maple Comics, and Marshall Cavendish. These include comics, content illustrations and cover illustrations. He's been working closely with Lat since October 2018 for Lat's upcoming graphic novel (ongoing). He also works with various production companies creating pre-production visuals such as concept art, character designs, environment designs, and storyboards.
Ivan Loh is the Programme Administrator at Lien Foundation and Campaign Administrator of Forget Us Not Campaign. He was trained in eldercare and has special interest in dementia, due to personal experiences within the extended family. He was attached to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (Geriatrics Clinic) for 8 months, working with a team of dedicated healthcare professionals serving dementia patients. As part of his current work, he gives talks to different organisations to raise awareness about dementia.