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Sonny Liew Nominated for Singaporean of the Year

December 27, 2017
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Sonny Liew Nominated for Singaporean of the Year

Sonny Liew, the triple Eisner Award-winning creator of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, is wrapping up a banner year with yet another honor back home in Singapore. Along with nine other impressive residents of the city-state, Liew is nominated for the Straits-Times newspaper’s Singaporean of the Year Award. The Art of Charlie Chan…

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Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Counters Official Version of Singapore History

July 21, 2017
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Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Counters Official Version of Singapore History

Two years ago on the eve of publication for Sonny Liew’s tour de force graphic history of Singapore, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the city-state’s National Arts Council suddenly got cold feet and revoked a promised grant due to the book’s “sensitive content.” That didn’t stop it from selling out in Singapore (in…

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Awards & Nominations Pile Up for Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

June 8, 2017
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Awards & Nominations Pile Up for Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Singapore’s government may not have appreciated Sonny Liew’s graphic history The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, but everyone else certainly does! Despite losing a promised National Arts Council publishing grant due to “sensitive content” just before the book’s initial launch, Liew has been riding a wave of international success ever since. His unique pseudo-biography…

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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

June 23, 2016
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Sedition Laws a Legacy of Colonialism Worldwide

For many Americans, the criminal offense of sedition–that is, criticism of the government–probably conjures up the notorious but short-lived Sedition Act of 1798, which played an important role in the election of 1800 but was allowed to expire the following year. But for millions of people in other former British colonies across the world, this…

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International Release of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Breaks Singapore’s Silent History

March 3, 2016
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charliecover

This week marks the international release of comics creator Sonny Liew’s controversial-in-Singapore graphic novel The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, and it’s already garnering praise and acclaim, furthering Liew’s goal to tell the story of Singapore’s silenced, secret — and what the country’s censorious arts council calls “sensitive” — history. In an interview with Comic Book Resources,…

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Singapore Writers Say No to Governmental Funding of the Arts

December 10, 2015
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Jee Leong Koh

Singaporean author Jee Leong Koh and poet Alvin Pang refused to accept funding from the government-linked National Arts Council (NAC) after NAC CEO Kathy Lai and Chairman Professor Chan Heng Chee made comments the writers claim justify and defend governmental censorship. In an editorial piece entitled “The Tough Balancing Act of Arts Funding,” published in…

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EXCLUSIVE: CBLDF Talks with Sonny Liew About The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye and Censorship

June 26, 2015
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charliecover

When it came time to print Sonny Liew’s newest graphic novel, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, the National Arts Council in Singapore abruptly withdrew their grant, leaving publisher Epigram Books with a financial burden. Taking on difficult subjects like Singapore’s historical struggle for independence and the repression of free expression, there was always…

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Financial Setback Doesn’t Stop Sonny Liew Graphic Novel from Selling Out

June 9, 2015
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Financial Setback Doesn’t Stop Sonny Liew Graphic Novel from Selling Out

“The retelling of Singapore’s history in the work potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the government and its public institutions, and thus breaches our funding guidelines.” This guideline was what led the National Arts Council (NAC) of Singapore to withdraw a grant issued to support the publication of Sonny Liew’s newest graphic novel The…

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Censorship by Financial Sabotage: Cartoonist Sonny Liew Loses Singapore Arts Grant

June 1, 2015
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charliecover

Due to unease over the book’s controversial content, the National Arts Council in Singapore has withdrawn its grant to aid in the publication on Sonny Liew’s The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. The book, which was released in Malaysia this past month and is slated for release in the United States and other countries…

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Comic Artist Tackles Censorship in Singapore

May 26, 2015
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charliecover

Comic artist Sonny Liew has done work for the biggest publishers in the industry, but now he is tackling a very important, highly personal, and potentially controversial project — a graphic novel depicting some of Singapore’s most controversial events. From Marvel’s Spider-Man to Flight from Image Comics to his collaboration with Gene Luen Yang on…

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