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The Art of Charlie Chan Hocky Chye was one of Publishers Weekly’s Best Books of 2016 in the Comics category 🙂

“The history of Singapore and the history of comics are blended in this tour de force that follows the career of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, an imaginary Singaporean cartoonist. Liew mimics styles from manga to comics strips, as Chye tries to find his own voice while adapting to the shifting social and political climate. ”

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Meanwhile, the Singapore Writers Festival is almost over, but I’ll be on one more panel with Gosho Aoyoma on Sunday 13 November, so do drop by if you’re in town  🙂

https://www.singaporewritersfestival.com/nacswf/nacswf/programme-listing/festival-events/TWO-COMIC-ICONS–GOSHO-AOYAMA-MEETS-SONNY-LIEW.html

TWO COMIC ICONS: GOSHO AOYAMA MEETS SONNY LIEW

DATE / TIME 13 Nov, Sun 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
VENUE The Arts House, Chamber

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Finally – a variant cover for IDW’s Revolutonaries #1 featurong Rom the Space Knight and a mouse hole from Tom and Jerry 🙂

 

The Repast

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Variant Covers for IDW’s new comics featuring the Transformers, M.A.S.K and more – one G.I. Joe one still to do!

These have been a lot of fun to work on – cartoons I grew up with after all. Everyday day after school one of the highlights of the day was coming hope to watch the 6:30pm cartoons on T.V.

The opening sequences for the shows still hit the spot many years on, though the actual episodes themselves maybe don’t quite hold up. Scott from M.A.S.K. was essentially the cartoon equivlent of Wesley Crusher :p

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Links to the titels with the variant covers:

http://www.seibertron.com/transformers/news/idw-optimus-prime-1-variant-covers-by-sonny-liew-andrew-griffith/36171/

http://www.newsarama.com/31140-idw-publishing-december-2016-solicitations.html

http://comicsalliance.com/idw-mask-1-covers/

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Stranger Times

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Unofficial Stranger Things Comic #3

Inspired by this Guardian article’s comments: “One likely reason for this flight to the past is the obstacle that modern technology poses to plot lines. Mobile phones, the internet and widespread CCTV have made contemporary mystery stories increasingly hard to write. An interesting exercise for viewers of the opening episode of Stranger Things is to imagine how the vanishing of Will Byers might have been achieved so mysteriously if he were carrying a cellphone.”

The Singapore Comics History Crowd Source

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Hoping to crowd source for information on Singapore’s Comics History 🙂

http://bit.ly/22C8RHE

The link above leads to a Google Doc that anyone can add suggestions and comments to. Please help fill in things you feel are missing or erroneous 🙂

With feedback  from fans, creators, publishers and more, hpoefuly we can have a more inclusive history of local comics 🙂

ps: The categories and placements are all tentative, we’ll reoragnise things once we have more information at hand

Mask of the Phantasm

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Always a little conflicted by presentation choices made by the Straits Times in their comics coverage, where they favour photos of creators rather than artwork from the books.

You’d think that readers would be more likely to pick up a book if they had a better idea and imprint in their minds of what the cover or interior pages looked like.

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The existing model works for non-illustrated books, but comics is such a visual medium it seems odd to confine the images to small thumbnails (TV and Film I guess avoid that since you  can do both with a shot of the actor in a  scene).

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But maybe that’s wrongheaded, and in the context of limited space on a page (as opposed to the acreage afforded on websites), a focus on personalities does make sense. And probably we should all be grateful for any coverage at all, in this oversaturated world :p

Still: What  would make you more likely to buy a comic?

Anyway, buy an E-copy of The Shadow Hero this week, or get your pre-orders in! :p

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/comics-first-asian-american-superhero-679388

 

Looking for Singaporean Comics!

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Epigram Books is looking for original comics/graphic novels content so if you have any stories you wanna see published do send them in! 🙂

Calling all aspiring comics creators! Local independent publisher Epigram Books invites you to submit your manuscripts to be considered for publication.

With support from the Media Development Authority, Epigram Books has published three comics by local creators in 2012—Ten Sticks and One Rice by Oh Yong Hwee and Koh Hong Teng, Monsters, Miracles & Mayonnaise by drewscape and Scenegapore by miel. The Girl Under the Bed by Dave Chua and Xiao Yan and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Eisner-nominated Sonny Liew are forthcoming in 2013.

We are especially enthusiastic about work that is set locally and / or reflects a Singaporean or regional perspective. We welcome submissions from both established and first-time creators, and partial manuscripts or detailed book proposals are welcome.

For further information or queries, contact:

Ruth Wan | Managing Editor, Epigram Books
ruth@epigrambooks.sg | +65 6292-4456