008 Sonny Liew talks Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Comics Syllabus
Comics Syllabus
008 Sonny Liew talks Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye

Images and links to go with our conversation are at http://wp.me/p42KN3-F2L

On this week’s Comics Syllabus podcast, I caught up with creator Sonny Liew about “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye” (Pantheon) just a few days after he and the book won Eisner Awards for Best Writer/Artist, Publication Design, and International Material from Asia. After setting the scene and giving context to our conversation, I present my discussion with Sonny about the Eisners and San Diego Comic Con; the artistry, themes, and politics of “Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye;” and which of the book’s homages to comics masters he found most challenging to create. Let’s dig deep!

(Apologies for the sound quality of the interview– explanation is in the episode introduction.)

Then afterwards, in the “General Ed” segment, we feature “The Wait List” for August, joined by the podcast brother to look at upcoming collections and trade paperbacks this month.

I’m Paul, and I’m inviting you to join us for another episode of The Comics Syllabus, a comics analysis podcast. Our mantra is, we read widely and we dig deep. Each week, we choose one work from a wide breadth of current and classic comics, including superhero fare, comics from independent publishers and small presses, global comics, newspaper strip archives, and various collected editions. We spend time digging deep into the work from various perspectives, sometimes in actual live conversation with others, sometimes with just me on a mic surrounded by a pile of comics studies and academic books. It’s like a comics seminar, where the only prerequisite is that you love comics.
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IMAGES can be seen at http://wp.me/p42KN3-F2L

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye website: http://artofcharliechan.com/

Spotlight Panel with Sonny Liew at San Diego Comic Con (with Paul Levitz), posted by Penguin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w8bvXov4fso

Past episode of this podcast (when it was “The Paul List”) reviewing “Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye”: https://soundcloud.com/twoplai/08252016-art-of-charlie-chan-hock-chye-by-sonny-liew-pantheon-and-pull-list?in=twoplai/sets/the-paul-list-podcast-comics

Comics Alternative interview with Sonny Liew: http://comicsalternative.com/comics-alternative-interviews-sonny-liew/

From 15:56 “The King of Comics at SDCC”

from 19:07 The Beat piece “Money Matters Must Read”: http://www.comicsbeat.com/money-matters-must-read-the-salary-of-charlie-chan-hock-chye/
from 25:32 New York Times piece Sonny references: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/14/world/asia/sonny-liew-singapore-charlie-chan-hock-chye.html

from 26:35 “Presented by Sonny Liew”

from 29:45 and 34:32 “Invasion! after Frank Hampton’s “Dan Dare”

from 35:49 “Bukit Chapalang after Walt Kelly’s Pogo”

from 36:54 “Ah Huat after Tezuka”

from 39:41– Sonny mentions various sources about the life of a comics artist in an earlier period, including Lat, Tatsumi, Taniguchi, and Noro Shinpei in Allen Say’s Drawing from Memory

from 52:02 “You’ll have to look after your own family”

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