Sonny Liew (born 26 September 1974) is a Malaysian-born comic artist/illustrator based in Singapore. He is best known for his work on Vertigo Comics' My Faith in Frankie together with Mike Carey and Marc Hempel, and Marvel Comics' Sense and Sensibility adaptation.
Born in Seremban, Malaysia, Liew attended school at Victoria School and Victoria Junior College in Singapore. He went on to read philosophy at Clare College in Cambridge University in UK and studied illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. His first foray into comic illustration was with Singaporean tabloid paper The New Paper in 1995, contributing a comic strip titled Frankie and Poo. A compilation of the strips was published by Times Publishing in 1996. Shortly after his graduation from Rhode Island Liew met The Uncanny X-Men writer Chris Claremont who was impressed by his portfolio of work. Claremont not only showed him around the convention, he also gave Liew his first break into the comics industry, by letting him illustrate Iron Man for Marvel's Marvel Universe Millennial Visions title.
His work has appeared in the Flight Anthologies edited by Kazu Kibuishi, and he has served as editor of the Southeast Asian comics anthology Liquid City  comics anthology Volumes 1 and 2 from Image Comics. In 2011, he was nominated for an Eisner award in the pencilling/inking category for his work on SLG and Disney's Wonderland, written by Tommy Kovac.
He is also the creator of Malinky Robot, a Xeric Award recipient in 2004 and winner of the “Prix de la Meilleure BD” (Comic Album of the Year) at the Utopiales International SF Festival in Nantes in 2009. He was a recipient of Singapore's Young Artist Award in 2010.
In 2015, the National Arts Council withdrew a grant of $8,000 from Sonny's The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, citing "sensitive content" and its potential to "undermine the authority and legitimacy" of the government. The comic became the best-selling local fiction title that year. The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye went on to make bestseller lists at Amazon and The New York Times, which is unprecedented for a Singaporean graphic novel. It was also the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize for fiction in 2016.
List of selected works
- Doctor Fate Vol 4 #1-12, #15-16 (2015-2016, DC Comics)
Artist. With Paul Levitz (Writer).
Creator, writer, artist.
- Jim Henson's Storyteller: Witches (2015, Archaia Entertainment)
- Americatown #1 (2015, Boom! Studios)
Variant Cover Artist
- Hacktivist #1 (2015, Boom! Studios)
Variant Cover Artist
- Abigail and the Snowman #1 (2014, Boom! Studios)
Variant Cover Artist
Creator, writer, artist
- The Shadow Hero (2014, First Second Books)
Artist. With Gene Luen Yang (Writer).
- Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits (2011, Image Comics)
- Sense and Sensibility (2010, Marvel Comics)
Artist. With Nancy Butler (Writer).
- Au Pays des Merveilles (2010, Bao)
Artist, Co-Creator. With Tommy Kovac (Writer).
- Le Tour du monde en bande dessinée vol 2 (2009, Delcourt)
- Pride and Prejudice (2009, Marvel Comics)
- Marvel Adventures Spiderman #50 (2009, Marvel Comics)
Artist. With Roger Landridge (Writer).
- Wonderland (2009, Disney Press)
- Malinky Robot (French Edition) (2009, Bao)
- Liquid City (Vol. 1, 2, 3) (2008-2014, Image Comics)
Editor, Artist, Writer
Artist, Co-Creator . With Tommy Kovac (Writer).
- Re-Gifters (2007, DC Minx)
- Malinky Robot: Bicycle (2005, Slave Labor Graphics)
- My Faith in Frankie (2004, DC Vertigo)
- Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues (2002, Self-Published under Red Robot Productions)
- Marvel Universe Millennial Visions (2002, Marvel Comics)
- Frankie & Poo: What is love (Incomplete and abridged) (1996, Times Books International)
- Tse Ling, Lee (2004-12-13). "Sonny storms into international comics circle". The Star. Retrieved 2009-02-11.
- Khouri, Andy (2008-12-26). "LIQUID CITY: Image Anthology Spotlights S.E. Asia". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
- Rédaction, La (2009-11-03). "Les 10es Utopiales cherchent des Mondes Meilleurs". Wartmag. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
- Nanda, Akshita (2010-10-13). "Young and arty". Straits Times. Retrieved 2010-10-13.
- hermesauto. "Fictional graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye makes bestseller lists on Amazon and New York Times". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2016-04-12.
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