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Product Details

  • Series: Liquid City (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (November 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060277
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,066,688 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sonny Liew is a Eisner-nominated comic artist, illustrator and painter whose work include titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel, SLG and Disney, along with Malinky Robot, which has been a Xeric Award recipient and winner of the Le Prix Du Meilleur Album de SF (Best SF Album) award at the Utopiales SF Festival.

He studied philosophy at Clare College, Cambridge, before realizing that he'd much rather be drawing and erasing, heading off to the Rhode Island School of Design.

Sonny also edits the Southeast Asian Comics Anthology "Liquid City", and was a recipient of the National Arts Council's Young Artist Award in 2010.

He was born in Malaysia and lives in Singapore, where he sleeps with the fishes.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By G. YEO on November 26, 2008
Format: Paperback
Comic compilations are hard to rate. When you put together a wide range of artists and creators in one volume, the results end up mixed, and the reading experience disparate. As a consequence, I feel like I'm checking out the portfolios of new talent and some older artists. And comparing one to the other.

South east Asia is a new hub for comic creation in some ways. The artists can draw, but storytelling abilities are still either esoteric or lacking in areas. I'm guessing that mature comic book readers will probably approach this with love-hate or indifference.

Curiousity brought me to Liquid City, which is well packaged but lacks something. You're unlikely to learn much about the worlds that the artists come from since most of the worlds featured here delve in fantasy, but there is one real established artist - LAT - from Malaysia who contributes a fragmentary look at life in his backyard.

Let's hope stronger storytelling will emerge at some point. LIQUID CITY works better as a portfolio glimpse than a wondrous experience.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Parka TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 2, 2008
Format: Paperback
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Liquid City is a compilation of short comic stories from artists in Southeast Asia. If you've read the Flight series by Kazu Kibuishi, this anthology is somewhat similar except in style and storytelling. Sonny Liew is the editor for the book, and has his contribution inside.

There are some really weird stories in the book. A few times weirder than the weirdest stories from the Flight series. This is especially true for Leong Wan Kok's Metamorphosis which is the first story. Kenfoo's two entries are more horror comics -- think David Cronenberg's The Fly horror.

Then there are some truly nice stories that talk about culture and way of life the characters are in. The Pouch Puppeteer by Koh Hong Teng and The Trip by Lat are two examples.

There is a great collection of artistic styles used, ranging from duotone, sketchy, texture-styled to simple line art. Some, well, doesn't appeal to me while others are really great.

I felt that storytelling aspect for some stories could be better.

Be sure to check out the Liquid City blog. There are more previews there. You can also find the list of artists who have contributed and their websites.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By fichot on October 4, 2011
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I run across this compilation on used item search, and as it was far cheaper than new but in like-new condition, thought i'd give it a shot. I'm open to new ideas in comics and after seeing a video review felt compelled to read it.

There're lot of short comics to read, the art is mainly great, there're good stories, but some of them left me confused, dunno if it's the cultural difference but i did not quite get the meaning and, in some, even the whole story.

The book itself is done very good. The quality for a paperback is beyond normal, even great. It's meant to last. So, no worries there.

As far as comparing it to other compilations, i'm not much into them, but from what i've read so far, i find it quite weaker than, say PopGun.

Get it used if you can, it's not worth the ~29$.
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