May Missives: Book Launch and Doctor Fate

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 16, 2015 by sonnyliew

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Book Launch

For those in Singapore, do drop by Books Kinokuniya (Main Store) on May 30, from 2-3pm for the launch of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.

The international edition of the book will be released by Pantheon Books in 2016,  but readers in Singapore and Malaysia can get a copy now at all good bookstores, as well as online from Epigram Books.

Unique and unprecedented… a masterpiece.
Mike Carey, Lucifer, The Unwritten, The Girl with All the Gifts

A joy to read. Sonny Liew masterfully weaves the history of Singapore with the history of comics into something you’ve never experienced before.”
Gene Luen YangAmerican Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints

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This week also saw the release of the 8-page Dr. Fate teaser story from DC Comics, which you can read online or at the end of Aquaman #2.

Written by Paul Levitz and drawn by myself and lettered by Nick Napolitano (with Lee Louridge on colours in the series proper), issue #1 is out on June 17 :)

“If this series treats Khalid’s journey into becoming Doctor Fate with the same care and thoughtful consideration that Levitz and Liew are implying in this short chapter, then we will have a very meaningful and important book on our hands.” – Comicosity.com

We Were Only Fulfilling Orders

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on May 6, 2015 by sonnyliew

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The Singaporean/Malaysian edition of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is available for online orders from Epigram Books:

http://shop.epigrambooks.sg/products/charlie-chan-hock-chye

(International buyers can get the Pantheon Books edition in 2016, with a French and Italian edition also due out around the same time.)

A review meanwhile from the Malaysian Reserve:

The Art of Comics and History

[O]ne of, if not the best, comic books in the past five years. We’re not just talking regionally, but maybe across the globe… a labour of love and a triumph of storytelling that transcends any medium. Definitely a must-read.”

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Here’s a picture meanwhile of my mom and dad at the recent Kinokuniya KLCC launch!

Thanks to everyone who showed up at the event :)  For those interested in Malaysian comics, do check out Maple Comics.

Free Comic Book Day!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 2, 2015 by sonnyliew

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Gene and I revisited the Green Turtle for Free Comic Book Day!

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Chatties

Posted in art of charlie chan hock chye, blurbs, epigram books, interview, pantheon books, paul gravett on April 26, 2015 by sonnyliew

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An interview with Paul Gravett (Comics Art, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die, Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know) on the upcoming Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, out in Singapore and Malaysia from Epigram Books this month, and elsewhere from Pantheon Books in 2016.

http://www.paulgravett.com/articles/article/sonny_liew

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There’ll be a book launch at Kinokuniya KLCC (with Umpagan) on:

Kinokuniya KLCC, May 2, 2015, 2-3pm

and one at Kinokuniya Singapore on May 30, do drop by if you have the time :)

Here are some blurbs for the book meanwhile!

“A joy to read. Sonny Liew masterfully weaves the history of Singapore with the history of comics into something you’ve never experienced before.”    – Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints)

“Equally uncompromising in its political critique and its artistic vision…. leaving you with the sense of having been in the company of an exceptional talent.” – Cherian George (Singapore: The Air-conditioned Nation. Essays on the Politics of Comfort and Control, Freedom From the Press: Journalism and State Power in Singapore)

“Unique and unprecedented… a masterpiece… This book is a joyous, beautiful, million-faceted thing – a celebration of the comic book medium, a technical masterclass, a thrill ride, a Bildungsroman and an unflinching retrospective of the post-war-into-modern era. I love it, and I’m in awe of it.” – Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten)

“Prepare to be swept away by a history of Singapore as you’ve never seen before. Sonny Liew delivers a brilliant and fiercely perceptive appraisal of this remarkable island state. ”– Paul Gravett (Comics Art, 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die)

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a brilliant, innovative work that should be read and savoured by everyone who’s interested in Singapore. [A] beautiful, moving elegy… an introspection – tender, arresting, witty in equal measure – on the very meaning of life, progress and happiness…. In a year when Singaporeans will be treated to a relentless barrage of triumphalism, this may well be the most delightful, thought-provoking meditation on the country.” – Sudhir T Vadaketh (Floating on a Malayan Breeze, Hard Choices: Challenging the Singapore Consensus)

Haircuts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 24, 2015 by sonnyliew

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Some hairstyles and looks tried out  for Dr. Fate… Anyone who can guess which real-world person the drawings are based on gets a free original sketch :p

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Eisnered 2015

Posted in eisners, gene yang, shadow hero on April 24, 2015 by sonnyliew

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The Shadow Hero was nominated for an Eisner in the Best Publication for Teens category!

Gene meanwhile is also in the running for Best Writer for his work on the book and  Avatar!

Full list of nominees here :)

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Fates

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on April 22, 2015 by sonnyliew

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Cover art for issue 2 of Dr. Fate, now in July solicits :)

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/04/21/dc-comics-group-solicits-part-1-july-2015

(the solicit image is cropped… due to news events of the last month or so… )

Here are some of the other cover thumbnail ideas :)

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Was also in Malaysia last week for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye‘s press check, due out this month in Singapore and Malaysia! :)

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