Man at His Best

Sonny Liew Wins Three Awards at the Eisner Awards 2017

It’s the ‘Oscars’ for the comic industry.

BY editors | Jul 25, 2017 | Books


Sonny Liew, best known for his controversial graphic novel, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye bagged home not one, but three awards at the Eisner Awards 2017, which happened over the weekend at Comic-Con in San Diego. For those unfamiliar with this award, it’s the ‘Oscar’ equivalent in the comic industry.

Liew was nominated for six categories but clinch three wins. Here are the categories:

1. Best Publication Design (won)

2. Best U.S. Edition of International Material—Asia (won)

3. Best Writer/Artist (won)

4. Best Graphic Album—New (lost to Jill Thompson)

5. Best Coloring (lost to Matt Wilson)

6. Best Lettering (lost to Todd Klein)

The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye tells the story of comic book artist Charlie Chan and is set around the time of Singapore’s proposed merger with Malaysia. Since the launch of the graphic novel in 2015, the book has earned praise and awards, and was also one of the first Singaporean books to appear on international bestseller lists by both Amazon and The New York Times. However, in 2015, the National Arts Council (NAC) withdrew a previously approved SGD8,000 publishing grant for the novel, citing concerns over “sensitive content,” one day before its May 30 launch. Content which they deemed “sensitive” where of violent strikes and riots of 1955, the detention of left-wing politicians and trade unionists and the alleged Marxist conspiracy of 1987.

Either way, congratulations Sonny Liew! Here's a preview of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye. See more of his work in the print edition of Esquire Malaysia’s upcoming August 2017 issue.