Singapore’s first full-length graphic novel in English receives the anniversary treatment, 20th anniversary, to be exact. Drawn by the author Gwee Li Sui when he was still an undergraduate at the National University of Singapore, the novel was kept in a drawer for almost a year before it was published by the now-defunct East Asia Book Services. The new edition is published by Epigram Books and will be launched officially at Kinokuniya Bookstore (Ngee Ann City) on October 26, 2013.
The publisher’s synopsis:
“A curious young boy opens a door and is thrust into the Architrave, a fantastical, fractured world upheld by four Columns. Arriving as the Great Gateway War draws to a start, Li-Hsu must fight bravely alongside a host of strange creatures in order to find his way back home.”
SP: So why should anyone buy this 20th anniversary edition?
Gwee: It’s a great surprising story for all ages that can mean so many things.
Read 10 interesting facts about the book over at Gwee’s blog. You will learn, for instance, that the artist draws mostly in black and white because he is partially color-blind. Gwee is also a poet and literary scholar when he is not drawing comics.