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The art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Author: Sonny Liew
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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"Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Now in his early 70s as he looks back on his career, Chan has spent a lifetime making comics in his native Singapore since he was a boy of 16, in 1954. The artist doubles here as both the narrator and the subject matter, as his life story parallels the changes in Singapore over five decades since the war. The evolution of his artwork mirrors the evolution of both his homeland and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Graphic novels
Comic books, strips, etc
Juvenile fiction
Named Person: Charlie Chan Hock Chye; Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sonny Liew
ISBN: 9781101870693 1101870699
OCLC Number: 910979635
Awards: Singapore Literature Prize, 2016.
Description: 320 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: Fighting spiders, Longkang fish --
Charlie joins the revolution --
Standing on our own two feet --
The allegories of Chan & Wong --
Superhero --
Sang Kucing & the ants --
It's all about being practical --
The king of comics --
Epilogue: An old man now, after all.
Responsibility: presented by Sonny Liew.

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"Meet Charlie Chan Hock Chye. Now in his early 70s as he looks back on his career, Chan has spent a lifetime making comics in his native Singapore since he was a boy of 16, in 1954. The artist doubles here as both the narrator and the subject matter, as his life story parallels the changes in Singapore over five decades since the war. The evolution of his artwork mirrors the evolution of both his homeland and the comic book medium itself. The myriad art styles employed by Liew go beyond deft sleight-of-hand and actually inform the narrative in a thoroughly ingenious and engaging way. While all the detail about the formation of the Singapore government adheres meticulously to the facts, the reader is ultimately left wondering whether or not Charlie Chan Hock Chye himself is real or a construct. And given the subject at hand, that quandary only adds to the themes raised in this enthralling graphic novel"--

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