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? :)


Posted in cmyk, dc vertigo, gene yang on January 24, 2015 by sonnyliew


There’ll be a new story by Gene Yang and myself in the upcoming Vertigo Quarterly!

Do check it out! :)

Adventure Wars

Posted in comics alternative, podcast with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2015 by sonnyliew

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A couple of sketches done at Atom Comics… It’s Han the Human and Chewie the Dog, plus Ice King Vader and Princess Marceleia,  I guess :p

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Meanwhile, for an early word on the Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, here’s a podcast from Comics Alternative, at around minute 35 to 39 :)


Je Suis

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 11, 2015 by sonnyliew


Nothing’s really straightforward in life anymore :/

Bad Company

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on December 24, 2014 by sonnyliew


Been working on The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye for quite a while, past deadlines and cancelled grants, always wondering where the book was headed… so it’s with a sense of relief and a dose of giddiness to be able to say that the book is being picked up in the US and UK by Pantheon Books.

Their back catalog is several kinds of amazing, from Maus to Persepolis, Asterios Polyp to Jimmy Corrigan, Ice Haven, Mr. Wonderful and the Ben Katchors…

I’m hoping Charlie Chan is not some kind of outlier; but even if it was, I’ll just ride the wave for a bit before the wipeout :p

Readers in Singapore and Malaysia will get a first look at the book, with Epigram Books publishing what might be called the Singaporean edition in early 2015.

For the Real Bad Company : Bad Company


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