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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.

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ISBN: 9781101870693
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Published: Pantheon - March 1st, 2016

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On the mysterious island of Barbara, Aoba lives in peace with her guardian and other strange beasts. But in the near future, the dream investigator Watarai struggles to understand why Aoba ate the hearts of her parents (who committed double suicide) and fell into a coma. This is just the beginning of Otherworld Barbara, the newest translated work of 70s manga goddess Moto Hagio and one of the weirdest comics I’ve read in quite some time! There are easier places to start (I’d recommend her classic Heart of Thomas) but there’s a reason this book was the first comic in twenty-three years to win Japan’s coveted SF Taisho Award.

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By Moto Hagio, Matt Thorn (Translated by)
ISBN: 9781606999431
Availability: Backordered
Published: Fantagraphics - August 9th, 2016

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Hideo Suzuki's life is rough: by day he toils away as the assistant to a comics artist, while by night he struggles with mental illness and tries to be there for his girlfriend. Then one day, zombies attack. I Am A Hero is a psychological thriller, a good old-fashioned action shoot-em-up starring a less than fit protagonist, but more than anything it's the story of a generation adrift in Japan, who in the midst of the quietly apocalyptic tenor of their lives are suddenly made to confront real apocalypse.

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ISBN: 9781616559205
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Published: Dark Horse Manga - April 26th, 2016

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By Kengo Hanazawa, Kengo Hanazawa (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781506700199
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Published: Dark Horse Manga - October 25th, 2016