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Bitstrips killing novelty of Demon-cratic Singapore comic strip

Bitstrips killing novelty of Demon-cratic Singapore comic strip

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Singaporeans wonder if it was secretly funded by Singapore government to undermine Leslie Chew’s comic strip.





Singaporeans from all walks of life who have been creating marionette-looking avatars and posting them on Facebook, are wondering why Bitstrips suddenly became so popular.

One local, Jin Kah Tun, said: “I think the Singapore government might have funded the creation of Bitstrips. They want to undermine the novelty of Leslie Chew’s Demon-cratic Singapore comic strip.”

Demon-cratic Singapore is a comic strip by local cartoonist Leslie Chew.

He was arrested for possible sedition due to a complaint about his comic earlier in April this year.

His cartoon revolves around marionette-looking people saying stuff about things. He was subsequently let off scott-free as Singapore is a First World country with freedom of speech and stuff like that.

However, with the advent of Bitstrips, ordinary Singaporeans without talent are discovering that they too can create their own comics.

Meh Tian Chai, a Singaporean, said: “Now I can create my own cartoons, I can also be arrested for sedition.”





Online cartoonist wins instant fame after getting arrested

Online cartoonist wins instant fame after getting arrested

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Other artists treating police arrest as an invitation to glory and street cred.


Local cartoonist, Leslie Chew, 37, was arrested by the police last Friday for alleged sedition and released on Sunday night after posting bail of S$10,000.

The charges relate to two of his comic strips from his Demon-cratic Singapore series found on Facebook, which are deemed to have crossed the line.

His arrest is making the international rounds and has put Singapore on the map. Again. This follows the arrest and trial of Sticker Lady, who pasted stickers and spray painted local sayings on public property.

And Singaporeans who have never heard of the Demon-cratic Singapore comics are now thanking the police for introducing them to it.

One Singaporean, Jin Kum Gong, said: “After I read the news that Leslie Chew got arrested, I went to read all the Singapore Demon-cratic comics in one night.”

“I even shared them with all my friends.”

This new found fame has resulted in other local artists becoming jealous.

One of them, Tan Boh Jiak, said: “His brand name, personal stock and street cred has risen overnight due to one arrest. It is only a dream for the rest of us to get recognised like this.”

Other Singaporeans, however, are puzzled about what the fuss is about.

Bu Ming Bai, a local, said: “Wouldn’t his comics be made more seditious after arresting him because more people will become aware of it?”