“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. ”
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 🙂
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
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 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).
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
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.
During my research for the Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, I came across (pg 169) in the NHB/National Archives’s “The Second Decade: Nation Building in Progress 1975-1985” a rather curious excerpt from the Straits Times, March 26-27 , 1986 – a comic entitled “Recession & You“. (there’s an online version here: http://www.nas.gov.sg/1stcab/7585/travel_exh_Sec4.html)
The image in the book itself was too small and low res to read, so I got microfilm versions from the library:
1. The wild, unabashed materialism. “What color Mercedes are we buying? I can’t wait to go to Europe. I want a Lego set!”
2. The prominence given to BG Lee Hsien Loong
3. National stereotypes agogo (Japanese people say “AH SO!”)
I do wonder who the artist(s), Uranium, is though! 🙂