Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Preview: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye


I wrote about Sonny Liew's upcoming biography of pioneering Singaporean comics creator, Charlie Chan Hock Chye back in December last year, and it look like the book is now closer to completion, as Liew's been sharing a chunk of his pages with readers. Liew's intrepesed Hock Chye's comic pages with his own narrative recounting Hock Chye's life, and it looks superb- you have to click on the pictures to enlarge them to see the detail, especially the dynamic motion/expression lines, characters and clouds in Hock Chye's  pages which gives it great energy. Still no release date for this, but there's a brief synopsis below, and you can keep an eye on the Epigram website for further news.

'The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a biography showcasing the life and work of Chan Hock Chye, pioneering but largely forgotten comic 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, painting 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 comic artist Sonny Liew.'






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