↕ Download Format Kindle [ ⫸ The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye ] ⠏ Kindle By Sonny Liew ⡰ ↕ Download Format Kindle [ ⫸ The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye ] ⠏ Kindle By Sonny Liew ⡰ A startlingly brilliant tour de force.Although the premise sounds simpleit purports to be the biography of a fictional comic book artistwhat Liew does with it is anything but At once dizzyingly meta and deeply heartfelt, the book spans 80 years, and in its complicated layering, reminded me of everything from Maus and The Tin Drum to, believe it or not, Ulysses.Probably the greatest work of art ever produced in Singapore John Powers, Fresh AirReaders are treated to Chan unfurling his life story, with Liew himself occasionally popping in to provide further context within the margins Over the course of the books 300 pages, Liew presents examples of the artists work in between the momentous occasions of his life, both in paintings, sketches, and most enticingly, through comics he created throughout his ever evolving career Ducking and weaving between genres, and the historical interests of comics readers in given years, what Liew ends up concocting is a fascinating bildungsroman that rivals other Eastern based works like Tatsumis A Drifting Life, with a dash of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay This is an awfully impressive achievement given that Chan is a fictional character.Easily the first comics masterwork of 2016 The Comics Beat Liews graphic novel is a fascinating look at a cartoonists growth over time and how his creative output reflects the culture around him, and Liew tells Chyes story in a way that only comic books can.A beautifully multidimensional portrait of the cartoonist, beginning with Chyes personal interpretation o the past before showing comics and sketches that provide further insight.The color palettes, the paper quality, the incorporation of photographs and sketches, they all combine with the text to provide a complex view of Charlie Chan Hock Chye that has a strong sense of history behind it The A.V Club Virtuosic.The portraitsof friends, family, Charlie himself and, significantly, both Lim and Leedisplay Liews high art chops Its his versatility, though, thats really dazzling.Throughout, Liew advances a consistent critique of Singaporean politics Hes deeply dedicated to the insurrectionist legacy of Lim, suggesting the man occupies a kind of opposite pole from Lee But the fact remains that one is merely an exiled Communist, while the other led Singapore for decades That fact brings a sadnessor rather, another layer of sadnessto the book For all that it brims over with diverse, colorful creations, its fundamentally about a lack the absence of an artist who should exist, but was never allowed to The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyemourns all the creators who have never been permitted to thrive in Singapore Liews own existence seems to be evidence of a change, but only partly The government withdrew its support from his book, but it didnt ban it outright Thats a kind of progress NPR.org A hugely ambitious, stylistically acrobatic work.the book is a mercurial delight, constantly switching between Liews invented narrative in a relatively neutral nonfiction style , images of Chan Hock Chyes works in progress over the course of his career and mock weathered clippings from his printed creations, most of which are immaculate pastiches of famous cartoonists New York Times Book ReviewBrilliantly inventive.Charlie is mild but steel spined, observant and proud with masterful economy of detailan arched eyebrow here, his head at a resigned angle thereMr Liew crafts him into a fully realised character The EconomistWholly original.Liew demonstrates an almost inhuman amount of diversity of skill Like any great creator, he has stepped aside so his creation can live a life of its own.Ultimately, Sonny Liew has compiled a work of fiction so innovative and thoughtful that even the most observant reader cant distinguish fact from fiction, biography from creation, memory from truth And why should we Its a quiet story about an individuals purpose, where one fits into society, how to live, the passion of good work, what else we shouldve done, and, perhaps the most important notion of all, what is possible It invites, not demands, that we focus on the now, and let the past be past The Rumpus A stunning tour de force masterpiece of imagined and real history as Liew recreates the entire career of the titular cartoonist via art and photos to explore the history of both comics and Singapore Publishers Weekly,The Most Anticipated Books of Spring 2016An early candidate for the various best of lists for 2016, this superlative achievement from Liew tells the story not only of Singaporean artist and comics creator Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but of Singapore itself It hardly matters, of course, that the titular character is an invention of Liews, because his story is so real that some early reviewers assumed Liews protagonist had to be a real person Chyes story, from his youthful beginnings and early career as an artist to his later reminiscences, is fascinating in itself, but Liews inclusion of fabricated newspaper clippings, old sketches, and mixed media worksand even an occasional photo collage purporting to show us first hand evidence of Charlies lifeis riveting As Chyes life is revealed, so is the history of Singapore, a tumultuous sweep that is mirrored in the history of cartooning Make no mistake this multilayered book is a masterpiece Publishers Weekly, starred review Liew incorporates a dizzying range of styles and influences, from midcentury manga to Mad magazine, to trace the career of the fictional cartoonist In the process, he also explores the myths and realities of postwar Singapore, casting a critical eye on policies that place adherence to the established order above personal expression The combination of a powerful message, artistic virtuosity, and a fascinating framing device make for an un put downable read This relentlessly engaging work stretches the boundaries of the graphic novel medium and is highly recommended for fans of political satire, Chris Ware, or Art Spiegelman Library Journal, starred review An impressive tour de force.its exhilarating to discover a talent as brilliant as Liew shows himself to be with this virtuosic triumph Booklist starred review A collectors item.can be read and enjoyed on many levels.knowledge of the true story is almost incidental to the pleasures to be gained from this fictional biography Los Angeles Review of Books An inspired, artifact rich account of a fictional comic book creator struggling to lead an artists life in 20th century Singapore San Francisco Chronicle The fictional title character, a cartoonist himself, is a deft framing device for viewing Singapores culture and history through many crisp prisms Liew keeps us fully awake to his intellectual ambition and political potency by unveiling a parade of shifting visual aesthetics with nods to such comics legends as Winsor McCay The Washington Post Easily one of the greatest books of the year.Renowned comics artist Liew not only tells the heartbreaking yet inspirational story of this fictional comics artist, but he uses the narrative as a platform to discuss a larger, though equally heartbreaking and inspiring story that of the history of Singapore This multilayered, beautifully executed work is like no history book youve ever seen It will leave you speechless.While Charlie Chan Hock Chye may be Singapores greatest comics artist, Sonny Liew is on his way to becoming the greatest in the world Cedar Rapids Gazette A multilayered masterpiece of comic book and real world history, a portrait of the postwar world made in a thrilling postmodern style Its funny and rich and satisfying, and one of the best comics of the year Slate Atour de forceartistic performance.This may be the book that truly makes him a star in the U.S Mental FlossIn The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,author and illustrator Sonny Liew masterfully juxtaposes history and fictionso much so that at first I couldnt tell the difference This genre bending graphic novel follows the story of fictional cartoonist Charlie, now in his 70s, and his art, beautifully rendered in contrasting styles to add to the realism, intertwined with the history of Singapore BookPage In this graphic novel, Liew Shadow Hero, 2014, etc presents the life and work of an obscure comic book creator in tandem with the turbulent modern history of Singapore, the land both call home Liew provides sharp commentary throughout, illustrating interviews as well as accompanying strips that decode Chan s layers of allegory A fascinating look at a clever, uncompromising artist married to the times in which he lived Kirkus ReviewsUnless one Googles Chan, one wouldnt realize he is a brilliantly conceived fictional invention.Liew uses a variety of mediumspencils and ink, oil on canvas, photographic reproductions of actual historical eventsto tie Chans fate into the unrest throughout the country The result is a surprising revelation of a master storyteller who manages to turn a controversial and largely buried story into a personal reflection on art and freedom of the press Shelf AwarenessIts going to be incredibly difficult to beat this book I mean Im already penciling it in for my best original graphic novel of the year.It is an onion that doesnt stop until the end.Masterful Comic BastardsOne of the most intricate and impressive graphic novels Ive ever read.A dense and dizzying tour of 20th century Singaporean history.Only someone with an enduring love of comics could have produced this work BoingBoingWith The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, Liew gives you as the reader a complex, multi dimensional insight into the history of Singapore in the context of artistic creation.Unbiased, self effacing, and outstandingly clever,The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyesets a new standard of how to demonstrate the evolution of culture and politics outside of a textbook or formal essay While Western audiences should absolutely read this to understand the complexities of capturing multiple perspectives in history,The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyeat its core aims to educate and inspire the people Singapore Forces of GeekA meta fiction masterpiece Pod Sequentialism, meltcomics.comLiews book is remarkable, a meta history of Malaysia as told through the biography of Singapores greatest comics artist, the fictional, but entirely credible, Charlie Chan Hock Chye Ive never seen anything quite like it Its just dazzling Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, an intricatetapestryof comic artand political comment, is a stunning achievement that should well and truly propel Sonny Liew into the global premier league of cartoonists BrokenFrontier.com A strange bookin a great way Liew expertly presents an unadulterated story of Singapore, through the eyes of Charlie Chan.Brilliant on many levels.Highly recommended Parkablogs.comAjoy to read Sonny Liew masterfully weaves the history of Singapore with the history of comics into something you ve never experienced before.Gene Luen Yang, creator of American Born Chineseand Boxers SaintsA remarkable graphic novel.It has everything goingjust brilliant Peter KuperUnique and unprecedented a masterpiece This book is a joyous, beautiful, million faceted thing a celebration of the comic book medium, a technical masterclass, a thrill ride, a Bildungsromanand an unflinching retrospective of the post war into modern era I love it, and I m in awe of it.Mike Carey, author of Lucifer, The Unwrittenand The Girl with All the GiftsPrepare to be swept away by a history of Singapore as youve never seen before.Sonny Liew delivers a brilliant and fiercely perceptive appraisal of this remarkable island state.Paul Gravett,author of Comics Artand 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You DieOnly rarely can a book inspire such delight and joy as this It is a treasure of graphic storytelling, not least because it does things that only graphic storytelling can do Everything here is gorgeous and rewarding, adding up to one of 2016s most important graphic novels Its perfect Metro News Toronto Part graphic novel, part art book, part narrative essay, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyeby Malaysian born, Eisner Award nominated comics artist and illustrator Sonny Liew is a look at Singapore unlike any other before By reflecting on the life and work of a comic creator whose career spanned half a century, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyecomments wryly on Singapores past and present while honoring comics as a storytelling medium The Malay Mail One of the most visually arresting and thematically remarkable books published this year A landmark work in Singapore comics history.Akshita Nanda, The Straits Times One of the best , if not the best, comic books in the past five years A labor of love and a triumph of storytelling that transcends any medium A must read.Amir Hafizi, Malaysian Reserve Riotously funny, heartbreakingly beautiful, fizzing with provocative ideas, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chyebreathes life and intimacy into the multi layered history of Malaysia and Singapore Sonny Liew has produced a true masterpiece Tash Aw, author of The Harmony Silk Factory and Five Star BillionaireA 2017 Eisner Award Winner for Best Writer Artist, Best US Edition of International MaterialAsia, and Best Publication DesignWinner of the Singapore Literature Prize 2016 A New York Times bestseller An Economist Book of the Year 2016 An NPR Graphic Novel Pick for 2016 A Washington Post Best Graphic Novel of 2016 A New York Post Best Books of 2016 A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016 A South China Morning Post Top 10 Asian books of 2016 An A.V Club Best Comics of 2016 A Comic Books Resources Top 100 Comics of 2016 A Mental Floss Most Interesting Graphic Novel of 2016Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye Now in his early 70s, Chan has been making comics in his native Singapore since 1954, when he was a boy of 16 As he looks back on his career over five decades, we see his stories unfold before us in a dazzling array of art stylesand forms, their development mirroring the evolution in the political and social landscape of his homeland and of the comic book medium itself With The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Sonny Liew has drawn together a myriad of genres to create a thoroughly ingenious and engaging work, where the line between truth and construct may sometimes be blurred, but where the story told is always enthralling, bringing us on a uniquely moving, funny, and thought provoking journey through the life of an artist and the history of a nation. 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