The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (Pantheon Graphic Novels)

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“Readers are treated to Chan unfurling his life story, with Liew himself occasionally popping directly into provide further context inside margins. Over the course on the book’s 300+ pages, Liew presents samples of the artist’s be employed in between the more momentous occasions of his life, in both paintings, sketches, and a lot enticingly, through comics he created throughout his ever evolving career. Ducking and weaving between genres, along with the historical interests of comics readers in given years, what Liew ultimately ends up concocting can be a fascinating bildungsroman that rivals other Eastern-based works like Tatsumi’s A Drifting Life, which has a dash of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. This is undoubtedly an awfully impressive achievement considering that Chan can be a fictional character….Easily the initial comics masterwork of 2016.” —The Comics Beat

“Liew’s graphic novel can be a fascinating check out a cartoonist’s growth as time passes and how his creative output reflects the culture around him, and Liew tells Chye’s story in a fashion that only comic books can….A beautifully multidimensional portrait in the cartoonist, beginning from Chye’s personal interpretation o earlier times before showing comics and sketches which provide further insight….The color palettes, the paper quality, the incorporation of photographs and sketches, each of them combine with the link to provide a complex take a look at Charlie Chan Hock Chye with a strong a sense of history behind it.” —The A.V. Club

“A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates the full career from the titular cartoonist via art and photos look around the history of both comics and Singapore.” —Publishers Weekly, “The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016”

“An early candidate to the various best-of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement from Liew tells the storyline not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself. It hardly matters, naturally, that this titular character is surely an invention of Liew’s, because his story can be so real that some early reviewers assumed Liew’s protagonist would have to be a real person. Chye’s story, from his youthful beginnings and early career being an artist to his later reminiscences, is fascinating by itself, but Liew’s inclusion of fabricated newspaper clippings, old sketches, and mixed media works—and even an intermittent photo collage purporting showing us first-hand evidence Charlie’s life—is riveting. As Chye’s own life is revealed, same goes with the good reputation for Singapore, a tumultuous sweep that’s mirrored in the good reputation for cartooning. Make no mistake: this multilayered book is really a masterpiece.” —Publishers Weekly, *starred review*

“Liew carries a dizzying variety of styles and influences, from midcentury manga to Mad magazine, in order to the career with the fictional cartoonist. In the process, vehicles explores the myths and realities of postwar Singapore, casting an important eye on policies that place adherence on the established order above personal expression. The combination of your powerful message, artistic virtuosity, as well as a fascinating framing device create an un-put-downable read. This relentlessly engaging work stretches the boundaries from the graphic novel medium which is highly recommended for fans of political satire, Chris Ware, or Art Spiegelman.” —Library Journal, *starred review*

“In this graphic novel, Liew (Shadow Hero, 2014, etc.) is the life and work associated with an obscure comic-book creator in tandem with all the turbulent modern good reputation for Singapore, the land both call home…. Liew provides sharp commentary throughout, illustrating interviews together with accompanying strips that decode Chan’s layers of allegory. A fascinating have a look at a clever, uncompromising artist married on the times during which he lived.” —Kirkus Reviews

“A joy to see. Sonny Liew masterfully weaves the reputation of Singapore with the reputation of comics into something you haven’t experienced before.” —Gene Luen Yang, creator of American Born Chinese and Boxers & Saints

“Unique and unprecedented… a masterpiece… This book can be a joyous, beautiful, million-faceted thing – a celebration in the comic book medium, a technical masterclass, a thrill ride, a Bildungsroman along with an unflinching retrospective on the post-war-into-modern era. I love it, and I’m in awe of the usb ports.” —Mike Carey, author of Lucifer, The Unwritten and The Girl with All the Gifts

“Prepare for being swept away by a good Singapore as you’ve never witnessed before. Sonny Liew delivers a brilliant and fiercely perceptive appraisal with this remarkable island-state.” —Paul Gravett, author of Comics Art and 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die

“A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates your entire career from the titular cartoonist via art and photos to research the history of both comics and Singapore.” —Publishers Weekly, The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016

“Part graphic novel, part art book, part narrative essay, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye by Malaysian-born, Eisner-Award-nominated comics artist and illustrator Sonny Liew is often a look at Singapore unlike every other before. By reflecting about the life and work of the comic creator whose career spanned fifty years, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye comments wryly on Singapore′s past and provide while honoring comics like a storytelling medium.” —The Malay Mail

“One with the most visually arresting and thematically remarkable books published this current year . . . A landmark are employed in Singapore comics history.” —Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times

“One of [the top], in any other case the best, comic books in days gone by five years . . . [A] labor of love and also a triumph of storytelling that transcends any medium . . . A must-read.” —Amir Hafizi, Malaysian Reserve

“Riotously funny, heartbreakingly beautiful, fizzing with provocative ideas, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye breathes life and intimacy to the multi-layered good Malaysia and Singapore. Sonny Liew has produced an authentic masterpiece. ” —Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star Billionaire

About the Author
SONNY LIEW is really a comics artist, painter, and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times best seller The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang, My Faith in Frankie with Mike Carey, Malinky Robot, along with a new Doctor Fate comics series with Paul Levitz.

Born in Malaysia, he lives in Singapore, where he sleeps using the fishes.

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