Sonny Liew

Graphic novelist Sonny Liew made history as the first Singaporean to win at the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the “Oscars for comics”, held in July 2017 at Comic-Con International, San Diego, USA. The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which retells the life of a comic artist growing up in pre-independence Singapore, won not just one but three awards: Best Publication Design, Best Writer/Artist, and Best US Edition of International Material – Asia. The National Arts Council Singapore drew flak for what many perceived to be an expression of half-hearted congratulations on Liew’s accomplishment, especially in the shadow of its withdrawal of funding for the book’s publication in 2016, due to concerns about its “political content”.

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