A short comic that appeared in the Summer 2015 edition of Art Review Asia :)
Spoke to a a few folks about both books:
And here are some reviews:
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye:
Covers for the new Dr. Fate series from DC Comics, written by Paul Levitz. I’m handling cover and interior art, with Lee Louhridge on colors, Nick J. Napolitano lettering, edited by Brian Cunningham, Andy Khouri and Amedeo Turturro :)
Issue #1 is out on June 17th!
This image was cropped for the solicits due to sensitivity over the Germanwings tragedy.
There’s rain. Lot’s of rain :p
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Book Launch
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 Yang, American Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints
“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
The Singaporean/Malaysian edition of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is available for online orders from Epigram Books:
(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:
“[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.”
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.
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.
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)