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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was named several times in Singapore Poetry‘s My Book of the Year 2015 selections :p

My Book of the Year 2015

It is complex, brilliant and so edgy. Bold and creative. The visuals are stunning and powerful. A phenomenal accomplishment.” – Lydia Kwa, novelist and poet.

My book of the year, no question, is Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Gustave Flaubert once said that writing history is like drinking an ocean and pissing a cupful. Sonny Liew drank an ocean and pissed vintage champagne. Charlie Chan, amazingly, might be the only non-academic book to accurately depict Singapore history. But more importantly, historians often fail to capture the emotion, the feelings, the spirit surrounding history. Liew captured all of that in his art. It’s truly a remarkable work.” – P. J. Thum, historian

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Sonny Liew pulls off the improbable feat — imbuing the modern history of Singapore with such artistry and revisionist imagination that it makes reassessing our past urgent and pressing. Perhaps its greatest achievement is to dare the reader to dream of an alternative future and even long for it. – William Phuan, arts administrator.

Get the Special Bookplate Edition here: http://www.previewsworld.com/Catalog/STK694415

Or pre-order here: http://www.amazon.com/Charlie-Chan-Pantheon-Graphic-Novels/dp/1101870699

Those in Singapore or Malaysia, pop over to a bookstore or order online at:

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

(special cover edition: http://shop.epigrambooks.sg/collections/graphic-novels/products/charlie-chan-special-cover )

 

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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)