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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

The Art of Charlie Chan is Out!

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye from Pantheon Books

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye from Pantheon Books is out this week!

It was one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016, who say that the book is a “stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history” and that “this multilayered book is a masterpiece“.

The Beat meanwhile calls it the “first superlative graphic novel… easily the first comics masterwork of 2016

Do pick up a copy at your favourite bookstore or online at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Indie BoundPowell’s or Books-a-Million 🙂

Riotously funny, heartbreakingly beautiful, fizzing with provocative ideas… breathes life and intimacy into the multi-layered history of Malaysia and Singapore. Sonny Liew has produced a true masterpiece. ”
Tash Aw  (The Harmony Silk Factory, Five Star Billionaire)

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Meanwhile:

MoCCA  (April 02, 2016 – April 3, 201611:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m)

I’ll be one of the Guest of Honors (!) at the MoCCA Festival in NYC in April, alongside Cece Bell, R.O. Belchman, Phoebe Gloeckner and Rebecca Sugar.

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Paul Levitz and I will also be signing Midtown Comics on April 1, both for The Art of Charlie Chan and the new Doctor Fate trade from DC Comics.

I’ll also be heading to various stores and events in New York, Rhode Island, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and Arkansas, do check out this Blog or follow me on Twitter or Instagram for updates on dates and more 🙂

Mulan Gallery presents The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Finally, those in Singapore, do drop by Mulan Gallery from March 4-24 for an exhibition of original art work from The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye!

Venue : Mulan Gallery
36 Armenian Street
#01-07 Singapore 179934
Exhibition Period : 4 – 24 March 2016

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday: 11.30am – 6.30pm. Closed on Mondays, Sundays and Public Holidays

The Beeb

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is featured in Tessa Wong’s piece for the BBC:

Could Singapore have become Communist?

The book is currently out in Singapore and Malaysia from Epigram books, and will be released elsewhere in March next year from Pantheon Books 🙂

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Meanwhile copies of Boom Studio/Archaia’s Hacktivist with a variant cover arrived in the mail 🙂

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And finally, a pics taken at http://lil-monsters.net/ at Jaya Shopping Centre! Big thanks to Andrew for the invitation to sign some books and do some sketches there 🙂

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Jibber and Jabbers

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Dr. Fate #1 hit the stands this week, and the reprint of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye made it back to stores too!

Spoke to a a few folks about both books:

Steve Morris at Comics Alliance

Jennifer Deguzman at Publishers Weekly

Alex Tham at Buro

And here are some reviews:

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye:

Mothership

The Middle Ground

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Dr. Fate:

IGN

Comic Book Resources

The Beat

Pop Culture Uncovered

Too Dangerous For a Girl!

Scifi Jubilee

Hush Comics

Fandom Post

And meanwhile, Shadow Hero writer Gene Yang is of course writing Superman!

May Missives: Book Launch and Doctor Fate

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Book Launch

For those in Singapore, do drop by Books Kinokuniya (Main Store) on May 30, from 2-3pm for the launch of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.

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 YangAmerican Born Chinese, Boxers & Saints

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This week also saw the release of the 8-page Dr. Fate teaser story from DC Comics, which you can read online or at the end of Aquaman #2.

Written by Paul Levitz and drawn by myself and lettered by Nick Napolitano (with Lee Louridge on colours in the series proper), issue #1 is out on June 17 🙂

“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

We Were Only Fulfilling Orders

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The Singaporean/Malaysian edition of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is available for online orders from Epigram Books:

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

(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:

The Art of Comics and History

[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.”

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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.

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Cover art for issue 2 of Dr. Fate, now in July solicits 🙂

http://www.dccomics.com/blog/2015/04/21/dc-comics-group-solicits-part-1-july-2015

(the solicit image is cropped… due to news events of the last month or so… )

Here are some of the other cover thumbnail ideas 🙂

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Was also in Malaysia last week for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye‘s press check, due out this month in Singapore and Malaysia! 🙂

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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye featured in the Malay Mail!

Comics and Singapore History Join Forces

“Part graphic novel, part art book, part narrative essay, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Malaysian-born, Eisner Award nominated comic artist and illustrator Sonny Liew is a look at Singapore unlike any other before.”

Much thanks to Kenny Mah!

The US hardcover edition of the book will be out from Pantheon Books in early 2016 🙂

Bad Company

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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