Stories at World’s End in LIQUID CITY
Posted on May 7, 2014 by Jennifer de Guzman
Third volume of acclaimed anthology collects stories from Southeast Asia
Since 2008, the LIQUID CITY comics anthology, edited by Sonny Liew (MALINKY ROBOT) and Joyce Sim, has been showcasing fresh voices from Southeast Asia. The anthology has been well-received by readers and critics alike, picking up an Eisner Award nomination for the second volume in the Best Anthology category 2011. The third volume of LIQUID CITY, to be published by Image Comics in June, continues in this tradition with twenty-two stories and eight pin-ups that ponder the question “If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?”
LIQUID CITY VOLUME THREE collects the answers from thirty-two artists from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and throughout Southeast Asia. The stories, Liew writes in his preface, “provide a snapshot of the lives of Southeast Asian creators and their ultimate hopes, dreams, and fears at world’s end, capturing that one moment in their lives when they dared to play a game of make-belief.”
The stories explore the theme through the lenses of autobiography and current events, as well as through science fiction and fantasy. The diversity of ethnicity in Indonesia is explored in Tita Larasati’s autobiographical “Bloemen Blij Plukken Wij,” and Elvin Chang, from Singapore, also draws from his own experience in the military in “Boy. In “Pig When Small, Cow When Big,” Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thanh Phong takes a humorous look at a food market with no regulations.
Malaysian artist Aks Kwan’s story “Disappear” has a point of view between magic and reality, telling the story of his and his brother’s glimpse of giant guardian spirits. Singaporean artist Benjamin Chee envisions a different kind of behemoth in “Let Me See the Giant Fall,” a story of humanity’s resistance to tyranny and brutality. Adrian Ngin, an artist from Singapore, has an original take on the standard comics trope of superheroes in “iPocalypse,” asking “What if the retiree uncles and aunties frequenting your neighborhood coffee shops had special powers?”
LIQUID CITY VOLUME THREE will be in comic book stores on June 4 and in book stores on June 16. It can be pre-ordered now.
LIQUID CITY VOLUME THREE edited by Sonny Liew and Joyce Sim, cover by Gary Choo
- ISBN 978-1-60706-954-6
- 280 pages, full color, paperback
- In comic book stores June 4, in bookstores June 16
Praise for previous volumes of LIQUID CITY:
“Drips with Southeast Asian comics talent."
- Publishers Weekly
“Imaginative and visually stunning collection of new work. [Liquid City] seeks to expose mainstream readers to other exceptional talents from the region.”
- Comic Book Resources
“[Brings] together diverse talents from across Southeast Asia; the resulting collection of stories is as varied and rich as the regions they come from.”
-The Star (Malaysia)