A winner of 3 Eisner Awards, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye tells the history of Singapore through the lens of a fictional comics artist.
The book was the first graphic novel to win the Singapore Literature Prize in 2016, and was lauded by many, including the Economist, the Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and the A.V. Club, as one of the Best Graphic Novels of the year, with the NPR's John Power describing it as "a startlingly brilliant tour de force... at once dizzyingly meta and deeply heartfelt".
It won Eisner awards for Best Writer/Artist, Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Asia, and Best Publication Design, and was nominated in a further three categories - Best Letterer, Best Colorist, and Best Graphic Album - New .
The book was thrust into the national spotlight in Singapore after the National Arts Council withdrew its grant for the book just before it was launched, claiming that it breached funding guidelines through its "retelling of Singapore's history (which) potentially undermines the authority or legitimacy of the Government".
Gene (National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and MacArthur Fellow!) had discovered the Green Turtle comics by Chu Hing - in the original comics, the Green Turtle would start to explain his origins and some emergency would always crop up - so Gene decided to tell that story in TheShadow Hero, and had me along for the ride :)
The adventures of street urchins Atari and Oliver, and their friends Mr. Bon Bon, Misha, Pin Head and more!
Malinky Robot was a Xeric Grant reciepient, a winner of the Nantes Utopiales Comics Prize and appeared in the Flight anthologies (edited by Kazu Kibuishi), with collections published by SLG and Image Comics.