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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 🙂

 

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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.

 

Early Reviews

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Early Reviews for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye from the Library Journal, Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus reviews 🙂 Out in March 2016 internationally.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“An early candidate for the various best-of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement… tells the story not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself… a tumultuous sweep that is mirrored in the history of cartooning. Make no mistake: this multilayered book is a masterpiece.”

Library Journal (starred review)

“The combination of a powerful message, artistic virtuosity, and a fascinating framing device make for an un-put-downable readThis relentlessly engaging work stretches the boundaries of the graphic novel medium and is highly recommended for fans of political satire, Chris Ware, or Art Spiegelman.”

Kirkus Review

“A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

How to Draw an Asian

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It’s July 15 here in Singapore, but not quite yet in the USA, so the Shadow Hero is not quite out yet, but just hours away!

In the meanwhile here’s a piece for Diversity in YA, about drawing Asian characters in comics :p

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Cartooning often relies on visual shorthands and exaggerations, so it’s a easy slide into racist caricatures, even if the intention might be to  make identification easier. Not always an easy line to thread, but awareness of the issue is probably the first step towards any sort of solution.

Anyway, more reviews if the Shadow Hero below!

It’s one of Publisher Weekly‘s Books of the Week!

Estella says it’s “a great mix of humor… and weighty issues.

Jodi Scarfe at Fanboy Comics calls it an “exceptional series“!

And here’s Zack Smith chatting with Gene on Newasrama! 🙂