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The Shadow Hero has made several best of lists of late, including…

1. NPR’s Best Books of 2014

2. Salon’s 10 Spectacular GN of 2014

3. Washington Post’s Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2014

4. Amazon’s Best Books of 2014

5. The Goodreads Choice Awards 2014 (vote now! :p)

And there’s exciting news on The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye pending soon too!


I haven’t had a chance to read too many new comics this year, but Beautiful Darkness by Vehlmann & Kerascoet did stick in the mind with its combination of childrens book illustrations and dark, dark deeds.

Favourite movie of 2014 is a tossup between Edge of Tomorrow and Boyhood, though Koreeeda’s I Wish on DVD was excellent too.

And then there was the belated discovery of Adventure Time :p



The Shadow Hero makes the Amazon Selection for Best Books 2014! (Graphic Novels category)

It’s also on the Goodreads list that you can vote on if you feel so-inclined :p

The Edge of Tomorrow meanwhile remains my fave blockbuster of 2014 – with Boyhood the best movie overall :p

Hong Kong

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A trip to Hong Kong for the HK Literary Festival 2014.

Got a chance to visit  the Occupy Hong Kong site – which I’m told is a pale shadow of what it was at the height of the protests. But for someone from Singapore, where just about all civic protest obeys carefully circumscribed boundaries at Hong Lim Park, it was still an eye opener – a sight to behold even in these fading days.


The school visits – to the Chinese International School, Hong Kong University Graduates Association College and Singapore International School, were interesting too – with apologies to all the students who had to sit through the talks; hope it was just a little bit informative and not too painful :p


Here’s my dad and me with the Floating Restaurant in the background – which was the inspiration for the Underground Casino in the Shadow Hero 🙂

For more photos of the trip, from Ghost Guru Boardgames to Cat Spotting:

FB Photo Album Link

Actual Books


BooksActually p r e s e n t s

by Gene Yang & Sonny Liew
by Sonny Liew

Event Facebook Page:

10 October 2014, Friday
7.30 pm at BooksActually
(№ 9 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168645)



In the comics boom of the 1940s, a legend was born: the Green Turtle. But this mysterious masked crusader was hiding something more than your run-of-the-mill secret identity… The Green Turtle was the first Asian American super hero.

The comic had a short run before lapsing into obscurity, but the acclaimed author of American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang, has finally revived this character in The Shadow Hero, a new graphic novel that creates an origin story for the Green Turtle.

With artwork by Sonny Liew, this gorgeous, funny comics adventure for teens is a new spin on the long, rich tradition of American comics lore.


Georgette Chen: Warm Nights, Deathless Days tells the story of one of Singapore’s most prominent pioneer artists Georgette Chen (1906-1993). A moving portrait of Chen’s life, thoughts, and dreams, and a charming chronicle of her days as a precocious young painter to her winning of Singapore’s prestigious Cultural Medallion in 1982. Richly illustrated, the comic captures the quiet space of art and friendship that Chen sheltered amid a turbulent backdrop of political turmoil and personal hardship.

Warm Nights, Deathless Days


GEORGETTE CHEN: WARM NIGHTS ENDLESS DAYS is now available in bookstores here in Singapore!


Here it is spotted at Kinokuniya, alongside The Shadow Hero, Liquid City and Malinky Robot!



Told in a comic strip format, it’s the story of Georgette Chen, one of Singapore’s pioneer artists, who led a very cosmoplitan life (moving in inbetween Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and New York) before settling on this little red dot.

The book is available at Kinokuniya online as well

And also at Select Books!

The book was commissioned by the National Gallery.

The 27


All the 27 Shadow Hero pinups compiled in one place!

A big thanks to Paolo Rivera, Roger Langridge, Jason Caffoe, Box Brown, MK Reed, James Kochalka, Jeffrey Brown, Steve Lieber, Dan Santat, Fabio Moon, Greg Ruth, Chris Schweizer, Leland Myrick, Thien Pham, Kazu Kibuishi, George O’Connor, Jonathan Hill, Robb Mommaerts, Lark Pien, Derek Kirk Kim, Chris Giarusso, Faith Erin Hicks, Tomer Hanuka and Ben Hatke!

I’ll get round to linking all those names to websites in the near future :p

The book is on its 3rd week on the New York Times Best Sellers list, thank to everyone who’s supported it!



Hank Chu Lives!


Catch the Green Turtle at San Diego Comic Con and stand a chance to win some original Gene Yang art!

See more shots of the costume at the First Second Blog.

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Meanwhile here’s a pinup by NYT-best selling creator George O’Connor!

And a review from Comic Book Resources, where Sonia Harris writes that the book manages “this crazy juggling act of being truly inspired and new, while also being packed with loving references to everything that has gone before in the genre.