wonderland

The Book Show

The Wonderland piece below will be part of a group show at Daniel Maghen Gallery called “The Book Show”. Ashely Wood, Dave Cooper, Peter de Seve, Greg Manchess and many more involved as well, its pretty heady company :p

July 3 – July 28, 2012 at Maghen gallery Paris (France)

Opening Reception / July 6, 7:00 PM – 10 PM.
I think all the art work involved relates to, well, books , one way or another :p

French Edition

The French edition of  Wonderland came out last week  from Bao/Paquet, changes from the english version (aside from the French) include a return to non-matte paper so the colours look closer to the original series, plus a revision of the word balloons and text so everything looks more hand-drawn/written. Hoping to get some copies of the book soon 🙂

Wonderlands and Liquid Cities

Sense and sensibility vol 1 listed for Marvel’s May solicits  🙂

http://marvelousnews.com/index.php?itemid=12809

“Marvel’s best-selling adaptation of PRIDE & PREJUDICE, returns to Marvel with another Jane Austen classic: SENSE & SENSIBILITY! Alongside incredible artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland), Butler brings to life the world of Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, two daughters without parents or means, forced to experience hardship, romance, and heartbreak, all in the hopes of achieving love and lasting happiness. 40 PGS./Rated A …$3.99

The French edition of Wonderland is out in March, and last month Delcourt released volume 2 of  “Le Tour du monde en bande dessinée” (A World of Comics) which includes a story I did about Mas Selamat; quite an exciting thing to be included alongside creators like Gipi and the amazing  Carlos Nine! :p

Finally,  a review of Liquid City Vol1  at Popmatters. Vol2 due out in July! 🙂

YALSA 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Not quite the top ten but Wonderland’s on the list at least :p

“… presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens”, says the website.

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/greatgraphicnovelsforteens/ggnt10.cfm

rabbit redux

Did a painted version of the wonderland cover, mostly for the French edition that’s due out next year. Oil on canvas, 30×40 inches.  It was also a chance to see if I could replicate in traditional media a piece that was coloured digitally before, and whether it was a process that I’d enjoy. Mixed feelings ultimately I guess; on the one hand it was an interesting challenge somewhat simplified by having an original to refer to , but that also meant a kind of constraint, so maybe there wasn’t as much a process of discovery and figuring things out as there usually is when painting.

DVDs watched whilst painting: season 1 of Battlestar Galactica (Edward James Olmos is great, mixed feelings about the religious angle) and seasons 2-3 of the Wire. Which felt a lot like the brilliant  Homicide Life on the Streets, which totally made sense when I found out that Homicide was based on a book by the creator of the Wire :p

SDCC reportage

SDCC this time round was a different experience, with booth-manning tasks (ordering books, keeping track of sales etc) adding a new wrinkle to proceedings..

First stop after a 17 hour flight was downtown LA, where I’d sent all the books to old RISD friends Danny and Sue, here’s them helping to load their car with many boxes for the drive to San Diego. We then had to figure a way to get the boxes to the exhibition hall itself , despite a trolley with a dodgy comedy wheel that wobbled like a drunken sailor :p

The booth itself, shared with Flight and Gallery Nucleus was centrally located, thought the best way to find it amidst the mayhem was to look for the Marvel banner hanging from the rafters.

The Wonderland HC trade did good business, and i drew quite a few mary anns and chesire cats :p

There were the usual assortment of costumes, though i didn’t get a chance to snap a picture of someone dressed in full Judge Hershey regalia :s

Lots of toys and figurines of course, including original Coraline Stop Motion figures and custom Storm Troopers (my fave ones were the comic con fan and popsicle versions :p)

There were old faces to meet like the folks from the Flight crew, and new ones too, with Mike Allred being the most exciting just cos I’m a big fan of Madman. He’s pictured here with his family 🙂 I missed the Doctor Who panel with Russell Davies and David Tennant, but still got to meet a Dalek, plus one of this guys from Yo Gabba Gabba! :p

Also there were the folks from Secret Identities, it was nice meeting everyone there after only ever communicating via email. There were photo ops with Larry Hama and Kelly Hu too  (its a guy thing, i think :p)

David Sung (animation director) was one of the many people I met at the con, and he was kind enough to show me and danny round the disney studio lots (though the actual animation dept was out of bounds cos of secret secrets), above is me and danny pretending to be mickey mice.

They also had original props on display, the best of the lot was a couple of Steve Zissou headgear, including the red cap worn by Williem Defoe.

Before you knew it, it was time to pack everything back into boxes and say goodbyes.

The saddest one was with Munki, Danny and Sue’s cat who i first met back in art school days at RISD. She’s now 14 years old and was rather ill, and I probably won’t be seeing her again next time SDCC rolls round. Bye bye munki!

more pics at: facebook

Wonderland Signing at Kinokuniya

Will be promoting Wonderland at Kinokuniya Singapore (Takashimaya) next sat, details below:

Talk on ‘Wonderland and Literature In Comics’ and Live Painting Demo
13th June 2009 (Saturday)
5.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store, Crossroads

Kino press release below! :p

“Calling out to fans of comic books and graphic novels! Sonny Liew, the Eisner-nominated comic artist and prolific illustrator who last appeared at Kinokuniya Singapore Main Store in November 2008 for the launch of the book /Liquid City/ , is back again to launch the hard cover trade edition of Wonderland, written by Tommy Kovac, with art by Liew and published by Disney Press.

Comic critic Lim Cheng Tju, Ian Gordon ( Associate Professor at the Department of History, NUS) and poet Gwee Li Sui will discuss the topic of ‘Literature In Comics’ with reference to /Wonderland/ , and other comic titles, whilst Liew will be doing a live demo painting to be given away to one lucky winner.”