daniel clowes

Anticipate

pw3The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is one of Publishers Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016 in the Comics category. Alongside books by Daniel Clowes and Julie Doucet(!)

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/tip-sheet/article/69297-the-most-anticipated-books-of-spring-2016.html

A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates the entire career of the titular cartoonist via art and photos to explore the history of both comics and Singapore.

 

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

Angouleme 2012

Thanks to Moolah from the National Arts Council and the Singapore International Foundation, a bunch of us Singapore based comics creators (myself, Gone Case” creators Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng, “Resident Tourist True Blue SingaporeanTroy Chin Croy Tin and our editor Joyce Sim)  got to travel to the Angouleme Comics Fest 2012.

After a 13 hour flight and a 3 hour train journey we finally arrive at Angouleme!

We were doing a home-stay, and our host Virgine had four cats and was a big fan of Garfield.

The city itself was quaint, crumbly,  charming…  with the festival split up into various tents and locations near the city centre…

Of these the “Noveau Monde” tent was maybe the most interesting, filled with  independent publishers; more zines, mini comics and small press books than you could shake a stick at. Fortunately most of it was in French, so I didn’t feel too big a need to buy everything in sight.

Elsewhere there was a showcase of Taiwanese Comics…

Where I discovered the weird and wonderful art of Fish Wang. Shades of Carlos Nine, and I am now trying to hunt down his comics! (the ones at the exhibition were for display only)

Meanwhile there were a couple of signing/dedicace sessions for the French editions of Malinky Robot and Wonderland.

There were lots of talks being held too, including this one with ol’ Charles Burns. Early comers to his talk helped fill out attendance to our own panel on Singapore Comics :p

Somewhere along the line we met up with Joe Keatinge and his pal Marcel and wandered around Angouleme looking for a restaurant that would take us in on a crowded Saturday night.

I offered Herge some Malinky Robot comics.

But best of all were the original comic pages on display at the BD Museum! From Windsor McKay…

…to George Herriman…

…Milton Caniff….

… to Bill Watterson (!) …

… Daniel Clowes…

..and even Ricard McGuire’s seminal “Here“. Along with: Carl Barks, Harvey Kurtzman, Chalres Schulz, Will Eisner, Jack Kirby and more!

Art Spiegelman was the main guest this year, and there was a big exhibition of this works at a converted cathedral (i think). Maus took centre stage of course, and Spiegelman himself… well… didn’t seem anywhere as neurotic as you’d imagine from his comics.

After Angouleme we went to Paris for a day and a bit, with a signing session at Univers BD squeezed in.

…where a drawing in someone else’s sketchbook was as close as we’d get to seeing Chris Ware himself; he’d been due for an appearance at Angouleme, but was absent for reasons unknown.

Several Exciting Adventures later, we headed back to Charles De Gaulle airport, and back to Singaporeland, where the warmth wraps around you , like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. Or as the French put it:

C’est La Vie, Mercy Boocoo.