Comics Alternative on Location: Talking with Sonny Liew at UT Dallas

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Singapore History, Robots, and Fate

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On this special on-location episode, Derek poses a series of questions to Sonny Liew during his recent visit to the University of Texas at Dallas. Sonny was a guest speaker for the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication, and he talked with the audience about his new book, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, as well as his experiences within the comics industry. During the exchange, Sonny presented selections from his portfolio and fielded a variety of questions from students and other members of the audience about his art training, his work with DC and Marvel, the Singapore comics scene, and any suggestions he might have for aspiring artists and storytellers. He also discussed with the Derek and the audience his work on other books, including Malinky RobotWonderlandThe Shadow Hero, and his current run as the artist on Doctor Fate.

Thanks to the School of ATEC at UT Dallas for sponsoring this event. And a special thank you to Jessica Bowers, Rawan Alhosani, and Nadia Dubell for taking photos during the event!

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Sonny discusses his work with the UT Dallas community.

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Sonny and Derek listen to questions from the audience.

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Sonny tells Derek about his “Hitler car” project from his days at the Rhode Island School of Design.

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About Derek Royal

The Comics Alternative is a weekly podcast focused on the world of alternative, independent, and primarily non-superhero comics. (There’s nothing wrong with the superhero genre…we just want to do something different.) New shows become available every Wednesday…much like the comic books you get. Episodes feature reviews of graphic novels and current ongoing series, discussions of upcoming comics, examinations of collected editions, in-depth analyses of a variety of comics texts, spotlights on various creators and their oeuvre, roundtable discussions with prominent critics and scholars in the field, and interviews with the artists and writers who make all of this possible. Along the way, Andy and Derek will talk about the various books that they are reading; the many pop cultural references that, for better or worse, inform their lives; and the unpredictable (and inexplicable) weirdness that seems to creep into each episode. In essence,The Comics Alternative podcast is brilliantly simple: Two guys with PhDs talking about comics.

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