Sonny Liew

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Sonny Liew
Sonny Liew at STGCC 20140907.jpg
Sonny Liew at STGCC 2014
Born (1974-09-26) September 26, 1974 (age 44)
ResidenceSingapore
NationalitySingaporean
Alma materVictoria School
Victoria Junior College
Clare College, Cambridge
Rhode Island School of Design
Known forSingaporean comic artist and writer of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Notable work
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye (2015)
Websitewww.sonnyliew.com

Sonny Liew (born 26 September 1974) is a Malaysia-born comic artist/illustrator based in Singapore. He is best known for his work "The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye", the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize for fiction in 2016.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

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.

Career[edit]

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 got his first break into the American comics industry when Shelly Bond signed him on for Vertigo Comics' My Faith in Frankie together with Mike Carey and Marc Hempel.

His work has appeared in the Flight Anthologies edited by Kazu Kibuishi, and he has served as editor of the Eisner-nominated Southeast Asian comics anthology Liquid City [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.Other titles include Marvel Comics' Sense and Sensibility adaptation, First Second Books' "The Shadow Hero" with Gene Luen Yang and DC Comics' "Doctor Fate" with Paul Levitz.

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.[3] He was a recipient of Singapore's Young Artist Award[4] in 2010.

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye[edit]

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was first published and released by Epigram Books in 2015. It charts the life and career of a fictional comic book artist, the eponymous Charlie Chan Hock Chye, and by weaving together fact and fiction, and different genres, tells the story of the formative years of Singapore's modern history and the history of comics.

Shortly before the book's release in Singapore, the National Arts Council withdrew its grant of $8,000 for the title, citing "sensitive content" and its potential to "undermine the authority and legitimacy" of the government.[5][6][7] The comic became the best-selling local fiction title that year.[8] The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye was published in the United States by Pantheon Books in 2016 and went on to make bestseller lists at Amazon and The New York Times, which is unprecedented for a Singaporean graphic novel.[9] Besides winning the Singapore Literature Prize, it also won the Book of the Year accolade at the Singapore Book Awards in 2016.[10] It was awarded the Pingprisen for Best International Comic in 2017. At the 2017 San Diego Comic-Con, Sonny Liew and The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye won three Eisner Awards -- Best Writer/Artist, Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia, and Best Publication Design. It was also nominated for three other Eisner Awards -- Best Letterer, Best Colorist, and Best Graphic Album - New.

List of selected works[edit]

Variant Cover Artist

Artist. With Gene Luen Yang (Writer).

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

  • Doctor Fate Vol 4 #1-12, #15-16 (2015-2016, DC Comics)

Artist. With Paul Levitz (Writer).

Creator, writer, artist.

Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Variant Cover Artist

Creator, writer, artist

Artist. With Gene Luen Yang (Writer).

  • Malinky Robot: Collected Stories & Other Bits (2011, Image Comics)

Artist, Writer

  • Vertigo Resurrected: My Faith in Frankie (2011, DC Vertigo)

Artist, Co-Creator. With Mike Carey (Writer), Marc Hempel (Inker).

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)

Artist, Writer

Cover Artist

Artist. With Roger Landridge (Writer).

Artist, Co-Creator

  • Malinky Robot (French Edition) (2009, Bao)

Artist, Writer

Editor, Artist, Writer

Artist, Co-Creator . With Tommy Kovac (Writer).

  • Re-Gifters (2007, DC Minx)

Artist, Co-Creator. With Mike Carey (Writer), Marc Hempel (Inker).

Artist, Writer

Artist, Writer

  • My Faith in Frankie (2004, DC Vertigo)

Artist, Co-Creator. With Mike Carey (Writer), Marc Hempel (Inker).

  • Malinky Robot: Stinky Fish Blues (2002, Self-Published under Red Robot Productions)

Artist, Writer

Pin-up Artist

  • Frankie & Poo: What is love (Incomplete and abridged) (1996, Times Books International)

Artist, Writer

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-literature-prize-goes-to-graphic-novel-for-first-time
  2. ^ Khouri, Andy (2008-12-26). "LIQUID CITY: Image Anthology Spotlights S.E. Asia". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-03-02.
  3. ^ Rédaction, La (2009-11-03). "Les 10es Utopiales cherchent des Mondes Meilleurs". Wartmag. Retrieved 2009-11-23.
  4. ^ Nanda, Akshita (2010-10-13). "Young and arty". Straits Times. Retrieved 2010-10-13.[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/national-arts-council-revokes-grant-for-graphic-novel-Sonny-Liew
  6. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/nac-pulled-grant-from-comic-as-it-potentially-undermines-the-authority-of-the-government
  7. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/graphic-novel-undermines/1889140.html
  8. ^ http://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/arts/sonny-liew-novel-in-3rd-print-run
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/singapore-book-awards-the/2776312.html

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