If you’re looking for some spooky adventure, drive down to Kellie’s Castle in Batu Gajah, Perak next month for the comics-based event Spooky Toon V.2.
The mini event (RM5 entrance fee into Kellie’s Castle needed) happening on Oct 24 and 25 (10am-6pm) will highlight the creepy side of comics and cartoons. It’s all about pop culture and a fun weekend.
“We want to emphasise the appreciation of local comic and cartoon art which can be scary and also act as a tourist attraction, ” says event organiser Zamari Muhyi.
Spooky Toon V.2 is organised by the management of Kellie’s Castle and community-based comics and cartoon group Pekan Kartun. Spooky Toon was first held in October last year at the same venue.
It is also supported by SAKO, KamiPelukisKomik, Shichibukai Cosplay Perak, D’Mara Hotwheels and the Malaysian Animation Society (Animas).
In promising two days of fun and “spooky” activities, Zamari (who’s also Kellie’s Castle’s managing director) says there’s something for everyone at Spooky Toon V.2... from ghost drawing competitions to a ghoul-themed cosplay competition.
But fear not. Strict public health guidelines will be put in place and only a maximum of 250 people will be allowed in. Kellie’s Castle’s staff will be patrolling the grounds to ensure physical distancing among visitors.
If you’re brave enough, you might want to join the Doodle Battle on Oct 24 (2pm).
Held inside the castle itself, participants will be placed at spots where supernatural entities had been allegedly sighted such as “Helen’s Room”, the castle’s corridors or the laundry room.
Who knows? Maybe a spectral visit might inspire you.
But if doodling in “haunted” rooms and corridors gives you the jitters, check out the Kellie’s Castle Ghost Drawing Exhibition in the safety of the main building complex.
The event will also include several comic book launches that will be happening on the last day of Spooky Toon V.2. Kelembai, a collaboration between Malaysian and Indonesian artists, is a book to note. It surrounds itself with the darker and more mature take on the Sang Kelembai myth. Kelembai is published by Ba-C Mente Studio.
Another comic launch to look out for is Balasan Kepada Pengamal Ilmu Iblis by Ukhwah Creative Publication, a spooky action comic by Perak-born comic artist Halim Hassan with guest artists Cekeding and Umbut.
More activities are being planned for the event.
Spooky Toon V.2 is held in conjunction with Kellie’s Castle Night Tour which happens every October.
Kellie’s Castle is a huge unfinished mansion built by a Scottish rubber plantation owner named William Kellie-Smith.
It was a gift for his wife and also to celebrate the birth of their son. Unfortunately, Kellie-Smith died of pneumonia at age 56 and the castle was never completed. Construction on the castle started in 1915 and ended in 1926.
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