Graphic novelist Sonny Liew becomes the first Singaporean to win three prestigious Eisner Awards, known as the ‘Oscars of comics’. Liew’s graphic novel, The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, received awards for Best Writer/Artist, Best Publication Design, and Best US Edition of International Material – Asia.
Graphic novelist Sonny Liew has become the first Singaporean to win at the prestigious Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, more commonly known as the Eisner Awards.
And he has done so in impressive fashion: The 42-year-old Malaysia-born artist bagged three awards for his graphic novel The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye at the prestigious event, which was held in San Diego on July 22 during the Comic-Con International.
The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which chronicles the life of a fictional Singaporean from the 1950s to the present, had earlier received the most number of nominations this year with six. He was also nominated for Best Lettering, Best Coloring, and Best Graphic Album – New.
Since its release, the book has continuously garnered awards, such as the Singapore Literature Prize and the Singapore Book Award’s Book of the Year. Last month, it won best international comic at Denmark’s Pingprisen Awards. It has also reached the bestsellers lists at Amazon and The New York Times.
Among Liew’s current projects is a live performance piece titled Becoming Graphic, for the Singapore International Festival of Arts in August.
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