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The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (5th Anniversary Edition Preorder)

Publisher: Epigram Books

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Currently taking preorders for this title, orders for this book are expected to be fulfilled by end September 2020.


The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye tells the history of Singapore through the life and work of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, a pioneering but largely forgotten comic artist in Singapore. Celebrate 5 years of this groundbreaking Singapore graphic novel that has become a beloved classic and international sensation. This special edition has bonus material that includes a Q&A with the creator Sonny Liew and treasured sketches.

"Riotously funny, heartbreakingly beautiful, fizzing with provocative ideas, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye breathes life and intimacy into the multi-layered history of Malaysia and Singapore. Sonny Liew has produced a true masterpiece. "
—Tash Aw, critically acclaimed author of We, The Survivors

Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist 2017
Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Publication Design 2017
Winner of the Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia 2017
Winner of the 2016 Singapore Book Awards' Book of the Year
Winner of Singapore Literature Prize 2016 (English Fiction)
The New York Times Bestseller
Romics Festival Premio speciale della giuria (Special Jury Prize) 2018

Sonny Liew

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'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a biography showcasing the life and work of Chan Hock Chye, a pioneering but largely forgotten comics artist in Singapore. With a career spanning more than five decades, from pre-independent Singapore through its three Prime Ministers, Chan’s work reflects the changing political and economic environment in Singapore.

Containing Chan’s original illustrations, paintings and sketches, this is a groundbreaking work and labour of love aimed at recapturing the portrait of an artist, whose deep passion for comics and country is given a fitting tribute by award-winning comics artist Sonny Liew.

About the Creator
Sonny Liew is a comics artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books), My Faith in Frankie with Mike Carey (DC Vertigo), the Jane Austen adaptation Sense & Sensibility (Marvel Comics), and a Doctor Fate series with Paul Levitz (DC Comics).

He has received Eisner nominations for his art on Wonderland (Disney Press) and The Shadow Hero, as well as for spearheading Liquid City (Image Comics), a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. His Malinky Robot series is a 2004 Xeric grant recipient and winner of the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award at the 2009 Utopiales SF Festival. Born in Malaysia, he lives in Singapore, where he sleeps with the fishes.

ISBN: 9789814901482
Format: Hardcover
Size: 255 x 170mm
Pages: 336pp
Published: September 2020