The Art of Charlie Hock Chan Chye by Sonny Liew (a frequent collaborator with the MacArthur Grant winning comics artist Gene Luen Yang) paints a picture of Singapore in transition. It does so with a dizzying array of art: photographs, doodles, portraits, and comics drawn from each era of its recent history. All this is juxtaposed with the graphic memoir of Chye himself, the country’s greatest—and unjustly forgotten—cartoonist. But there’s a catch: Charlie Hock Chan Chye never existed! Sonny Liew draws from manga, superhero comics and newspaper strips to create Chye’s body of work. The results are fictional, yes. But it is a dazzling creative high wire act, inextricable from politics, writing in the lives and times of thinkers, artists and revolutionaries who were very much real. The Art of Charlie Hock Chan Chye proves that art is political, and politics a form of personal expression.
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye - Sonny Liew