Stranger Times

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Unofficial Stranger Things Comic #3

Inspired by this Guardian article’s comments: “One likely reason for this flight to the past is the obstacle that modern technology poses to plot lines. Mobile phones, the internet and widespread CCTV have made contemporary mystery stories increasingly hard to write. An interesting exercise for viewers of the opening episode of Stranger Things is to imagine how the vanishing of Will Byers might have been achieved so mysteriously if he were carrying a cellphone.”

Singapore Literature Prize!

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock won the Singapore Literature Prize in the English Fiction category on July 14! (See a facebook post here)

It’s the first graphic novel to win the award, and there was also the Book of the Year and Cover of the Year awards at the Singapore Book Awards back in May.

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There’s a website you can visit for reviews, pinups and more – click on the image above or this link below:)

http://artofcharliechan.com

Book Tourism

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I’ll be in the US next month to promote The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and the new Doc Fate trade. It starts in NYC and then crosses over to San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle, before heading to Dallas and Arkansas:) With a visit to RISD to boot!

For more info on the events:

Fri Apr 1
7:00pm-8:00pm
Midtown Comics (with Paul Levitz)
200 W 40TH ST
NEW YORK, NY 10018-1505

Sat Apr 2
12:30pm
MoCCA Arts Festival
Sonny Liew Spotlight (with Paul Levitz)
The Helvetica Room, Ink48
653 11th Ave 48th St
New York, NY

2:00pm
MoCCA Arts Festival
Book Signing @Pantheon Booth
Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St
New York, NY

Sun Apr 3
2:00pm
MoCCA Arts Festival
Book Signing @Pantheon Booth
Metropolitan West
639 W 46th St
New York, NY

Mon Apr 4
6:00-8:00pm
Escape Pod Comics
302 Main Street
Huntington, NY 11743

Tue Apr 5
6:15pm
Rhode Island School of Design
ISB Gallery
2 College Street
Providence, RI 02903

Thu Apr 7
7:00pm
Isotope Comics
326 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Sat Apr 9
10:00am
Los Angeles Times Festival of Books
“Illustrating Lives: The Art of the Graphic Novel”
Salvatori Computer Science Center (SAL 101)
(with Sam Alden, Julian Hanshaw and  Sammy Harkham)
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Mon Apr 11
7:00pm
Elliot Bay Book Co
1521 10TH Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

Wed Apr 13
11:30-12:30am
The University of Texas at Dallas
Eugene McDermott Library
Room 2.410
Dallas, TX 75080

Fri Apr 15
11:00am
Henderson State University
Russell Fine Arts Building
Arkadelphia, AR 7199

Sat Apr 16
12:30pm
Arkansas Literary Festival
Main Library
100 Rock St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

The Singapore Comics History Crowd Source

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Hoping to crowd source for information on Singapore’s Comics History:)

http://bit.ly/22C8RHE

The link above leads to a Google Doc that anyone can add suggestions and comments to. Please help fill in things you feel are missing or erroneous:)

With feedback  from fans, creators, publishers and more, hpoefuly we can have a more inclusive history of local comics:)

ps: The categories and placements are all tentative, we’ll reoragnise things once we have more information at hand

Roger and Me

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I’ve never met Roger Langridge* – though somehow ours paths have crossed over time. Above is his pinup/review for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which he did with Manga Studio for the first time:)

I first encountered his work when I bought a copy of Fred the Clown, and there was an energy and style that reminded me of the Beano and Dandy cartoons I loved growing up (my mom would buy them from a bookstore in Seremban and me and my sis would copy pictures off ’em, Dennis the Menace, Billy Whizz, Roger the Dodger, the Bash Streets Boys and on and on)

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(Beano Fanart by Cheryl Liew)

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(Beano fanart by me)

For some reason Marvel comics put us together for a Spiderman short called “Nightmare Commute” in 2010, and it was one of those odd moments when you find yourself in contact with someone’s work you’d read and assumed would always be at that author-reader distance. (Another was working with Marc Hempel on My Faith in Frankie, having read  Gregory)

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After that, I’d ask  Roger to do pinups to help promote Malinky Robot and The Shadow Hero as well, and he’s always game despite his busy schedule.

And I got the chance to sort of return the favour with an alternative cover for his series Abigail and the Snowman a couple of years back.

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I guess the point of all this is maybe partly about the way the internet has allowed us to connect and work together in ways that would have been a lot more difficult when we were still using faxes and snail mail.

But more than that – Roger’s generosity (and those of many others, from David Mazzuchelli to Robb Mommaerts,  Gene Yang to Aaron McConnell) reminds me of the need to be less solipsistic myself, less caught up in work and deadlines.

To try to always ask:

What Would Alan Rickman Do?

or again

and again

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Ok back to erasing now, don’t-call-me-I’ll-call-you :p

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*edit: As it turns out this is a Lie, as Roger remembers : “…it was at the San Diego Comic Con… at a bar across the road from the convention centre, at some Disney-related thing. Charly LaGreca (of the Indie Spinner Rack podcast) introduced us, but it must have been after we’d already done the Spider-Man story, because I recall telling Charly we already “knew” one another through collaborating on that.

Yipes! Blur Sotong as usual :-0