Little Green Fellow

Posted in baby, green turtle, shdow hero on February 12, 2015 by sonnyliew


The Best Shadow Hero related photo ever.

Via Dwight Sora’s blog! :)

Yalsa not Salsa

Posted in great graphic novels, robb mommaerts, shadow hero, yalsa on February 10, 2015 by sonnyliew


The Shadow Hero is one of YALSA’s 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Also found out recently you can get a hardcover library edition of the book!

Here’s the Top Ten list:

  • “Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale.” By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illus. by Francesco Francavilla. Archie Comics.
  • “Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul.” By John Allison. Illus. by the author. Oni Press.
  • “47 Ronin.” By Mike Richardson.  Illus. by Stan Sakai. Dark Horse.
  • “In Real Life.” By Cory Doctorow. Jen Wang.  First Second.
  • “Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal.”  By G. Willow Wison. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. Marvel.
  • “Seconds: a Graphic Novel.” By Bryan Lee O’Malley. illus. by the author. Ballantine Books.
  • “The Shadow Hero.” By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Sonny Liew. First Second.
  • “Through The Woods.” By Emily Carroll.  Illus. by the author. Margaret K. McElderry Books.
  • “Trillium.” By Jeff Lemire.  Illus. by the author. Vertigo.
  • “Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki.” By Mamoru Hosoda. Illus. by Yu. Yen Press.

(Above illustration by Robb Mommaerts!)


Posted in DC, DC Comics, Dr.Fate, gene yang, Paul Levitz, Superman on February 6, 2015 by sonnyliew


So apparently this is happening:

Part of a wider DC revamp:

Not so much news I’ve been sitting on, as news I was only semi-vaguely-aware of :p

With the Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye wrapping up this month or so too, it’s going to be a madhouse.


Gene Yang is writing Superman!

Ah Lan the Sampan Girl

Posted in chua mia tee on February 3, 2015 by sonnyliew


Found this book from 1969 in my Grandpa’s collection of books called “Ah Lan the Sampan Girl”. The faces in the illustrations looked familiar somehow…


Then I looked up the illustrator’s name…


And then I realised it could well be… pioneering Nanyang artist Chua Mia Tee! One of my favourite Singaporean painters…

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Can’t verify for sure yet, but that’s my guess for now :p

Straits Timing

Posted in art of charlie chan hock chye, epigram books, pantheon, singapore, straits times on February 3, 2015 by sonnyliew

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Thanks to Akshita for some coverage of local books, including The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye in today’s Life :)

The book is due to hit the shelves in Singapore and Malaysia in early April!

Defenders of Comics

Posted in cbldf, comic books legal defense fund, defend comics, gene yang, green turtle, shadow hero on January 30, 2015 by sonnyliew


There’ll be a 2-page Green Turtle comic by Gene Yang and myself in the upcoming Defend Comics collection for Free Comic Books Day!

For over 25 years, the CBLDF has fought to protect your right to read, and that crusade continues with this light-hearted look at a serious topic. Defend Comics is a sampler of the great YA comics available, and explores the censorship of comics with some of today’s most talented creators! Writers on Defend Comics include Andi Watson, Gene Yang, George O’Connor, Dan Parent, Larry Marder and Jorge Aguirre, with art by Watson, Sonny Liew, O’Connor, Parent, Marder, and Rafael Rosado.”

Here’s a couple of panels from the comic :)


The Caption Box Mystery

Posted in alignment, ben katchor, caption boxes, centre, daniel clowes, left, manu larcenet, marvel, text, word balloons on January 25, 2015 by sonnyliew


I’ve always tended to center-align text in caption boxes in my own comics… but recently realised that most comics seem to left-align their text in boxes… for example, here’s Ben Katchor and something from the Fantastic Four (featuring Ben Grimm!)



(who also deal with the last line in different ways: Katchor centers the orphan “Alarms”, whilst the Marvel letterer cropped the box itself).


In the english translation of Manu Larcenet‘s Ordinary Victories however, the text is center-aligned.



… whilst samples from Daniel Clowes suggests that he follows the shape of the box/balloon.

So… are there are principled reasons for picking either choice within a rectangular caption box?

Some theories I’ve heard:

1. Left-alignment looks more like a journal or diary entry (via Gene Yang)

2. Left-alignment was technically easier to execute when hand-lettering (via Janice Chiang)

3. Eyeball tracking means readers process left-aligned text more quickly (via Jesse Hamm)

What do other comics creators and readers out there think? :)


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