Actual Books

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 9, 2014 by sonnyliew


BooksActually p r e s e n t s

by Gene Yang & Sonny Liew
by Sonny Liew

Event Facebook Page:

10 October 2014, Friday
7.30 pm at BooksActually
(№ 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645)



In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.


Georgette Chen: Warm Nights, Deathless Days tells the story of one of Singapore’s most prominent pioneer artists Georgette Chen (1906-1993). A moving portrait of Chen’s life, thoughts, and dreams, and a charming chronicle of her days as a precocious young painter to her winning of Singapore’s prestigious Cultural Medallion in 1982. Richly illustrated, the comic captures the quiet space of art and friendship that Chen sheltered amid a turbulent backdrop of political turmoil and personal hardship.

Warm Nights, Deathless Days

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 30, 2014 by sonnyliew


GEORGETTE CHEN: WARM NIGHTS ENDLESS DAYS is now available in bookstores here in Singapore!


Here it is spotted at Kinokuniya, alongside The Shadow Hero, Liquid City and Malinky Robot!



Told in a comic strip format, it’s the story of Georgette Chen, one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, who led a very cosmoplitan life (moving in inbetween Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and New York) before settling on this little red dot.

The book is available at Kinokuniya online as well

And also at Select Books!

The book was commissioned by the National Gallery.

September Rains

Posted in Uncategorized on September 20, 2014 by sonnyliew


The September Edition of the Secret Robot Spy Factory Newsletter is out! With news on the (fairly) recently concluded Singapore Comic Con, the Shadow Hero, Liquid City, resin toys, Georgette Chen and more!


To sign up for future editions, please do click here :)


The 100,000hp sculpt is now available for online orders with FREE shipping!


Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2014 by sonnyliew


Got to do a variant cover for Roger Langridge‘s new series Abigail and the Snowman, from Boom studios!

Read more about it here at Geekdad!

And if you’re at STGCC this weekend, come get a print of the cover at booth AA1 :)

The cover was a lot of fun to do – been a while since I worked with just pencils as finished art.



Singapore Toys, Games and Comic Con 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on September 4, 2014 by sonnyliew


The Singapore Toys Games & Comic Con (STGCC) is this weekend Sept 6-7, I’ll be at Artist Alley Booth AA1!

Marina Bay Sands
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Hall B & C, Level 1

6 September 2014, Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm
7 September 2014, Sunday 10.00am – 8.00pm

There’ll be Toys: The 100,000hp resin sculpt with Mighty Jaxx and sculpted by Gary Choo, where we’ll be launching the Matte Black and Glossy Red colourways!


And Comics! From the New York Times Best Selling Shadow Hero, to Malinky Robot and Liquid City!

No Games unfortunately, but there will Original Art pages, and lots of Prints!


From this set of illustrations from the Disney Channel 2014 Calendar…


To these prints from the “Eric Khoo is a Hotel Magnate” series…


Wonderland prints…


Postcards of Adventure Time fanart and more…!

Come check out the prints and postcards for sale below too at fellow-booth occupier Shiuan Chan!

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100,000 hp x STGCC

Posted in Uncategorized on August 30, 2014 by sonnyliew


STGCC 2014 rolls round next weekend, the 100,000 hp sculpt will be launched there so drop by Artist Alley Booth AA1, or the Mighty Jaxx booth to get yours!

More Pictures Below!




STGCC info:

Marina Bay Sands
Sands Expo & Convention Center
Hall B & C, Level 1

6 September 2014, Saturday 10.00am – 8.00pm
7 September 2014, Sunday 10.00am – 8.00pm


Reviews City

Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 by sonnyliew


First some exciting news: The  Amazing Heroes Kickstarter got funded, which means that I’ll soon be able to get my grubby hands on a Shadow Hero Action Figure!


There was also a nice review in the Washington Post which claims that the book is “an inventive and culturally intelligent marvel“, and that “Liew’s beautiful line tips a cap to legendary comics artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.” (!)

Much meaner (and totally wrong and erroneous of course :p) is Paste Magazine, where it’s argued that the Shadow Hero is “a small piece of the larger picture” in Gene’s ouevre, and that the art’s “thick, black outlines and angular faces feel wrong for the subject matter.”

Humbug! :p

Kinder reviews back at the  Storytime Hooligans, as well as Reader of Fictions help dissuade me from Hulk Smashing and/or dissolving into a puddle of thick, black, angular tears :)


The Southeast Asian Anthology Liquid City Vol 3 gets a review too on Shelf Awareness, which says that the collection’s theme (“If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?“) has “received a lot of amazing responses, from the fantastical and apocalyptic to the realistic and personal.”

Buy it, buy it all!



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