Sonny Liew

Sonny Liew

As someone who tells stories through comics, Sonny Liew believes that the writing is just as important as the drawings. He explains, “It’s easy to be seduced by the surface qualities of the art and neglect the storytelling structures.” He has worked with DC Comics and Marvel Comics, but he’s best known for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which bagged the 2016 Singapore Literature Prize for English fiction. The controversial graphic novel (the National Arts Council withdrew a publishing grant, citing “sensitive content”) is on the bestseller lists of Amazon and The New York Times—an unprecedented feat for a Singaporean graphic novel.

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