Read Liquid City, Vol. 3 by Sonny Liew Joyce Sim Soo Lee Adrian Ngin Wendy Chew Tidus Fair Supertramp Baba Chuah Max Loh Online


The Eisner-nominated Liquid City anthology returns with another collection of heady visions and intoxicating stories by some of Southeast Asia's most promising comics creators, as they reveal their utmost hopes, fears, dreams, and desires at world's end....

Title : Liquid City, Vol. 3
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ISBN : 9781632150615
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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Liquid City, Vol. 3 Reviews

  • Wendy
    2019-05-10 17:50

    Every writer has a story to tell but sometimes, they never get around to telling those stories. The idea behind the Liquid City collection is: the apocalypse is coming, so what better time than the end of the world to finally let those stories see the light of day.As with all collections, there will be hits and there will be misses. I had as many favourites as I did ones that did not impress me, but it was the overriding theme of telling your untold stories that really got to me.

  • Stewart Tame
    2019-05-11 12:55

    The Liquid City anthologies fascinate me. In some ways, they are mysterious. I had never heard of them before; they just showed up on the library shelves one day. There was, seemingly, no buzz in the fan press ... although, as casually as I follow--actually, "follow", is more accurate--the fan press, it would have to buzz fairly loud. Anyway, they just appeared, full of all this first rate work by people I've mostly never heard of. It's like the world of Good Comics suddenly tripled in size. Standout pieces for me from this volume include "Disappear" by Aks Kwan, "Pig When Small, Cow When Big" by Nguyen Thanh Phong, "The Enigma of Art School Fault" by Jin Hien Lau, "Boy" by Elvin Ching, "Light" by Dominique Fam, and "Nothing to Lose" by Rony Amdani and Stephani Soejono. As long as these anthologies keep getting produced, I'll keep reading them.

  • Althea Ann
    2019-05-21 17:33

    A compilation of short graphic pieces from Southeast Asian artists. The unifying theme here is that the artists were asked to tell a story they'd want to tell if the end of the world was at hand. The results range from those with an apocalyptic theme (which I was interested in) to random autobiographical snippets. Some pieces were better than others, but the book as a whole gives some interesting insights into varying perspectives...Disappear - Aks KwanA brief story of a possible childhood glimpse a figure out of folklore.Long Sleep - Beng RahadianHmm. No words in this one - and I'm not really sure what's going on. An apocalyptic event? The afterlife? A flying guy steals something to help some other people?Geylang Hill - Charlie Chan Hock ChyeVery brief, but really captures a meaningful truth about looking back at the days of childhood. Very nice.Bloemen Blij, Plukken Wij - Tita LarasatiAn autobiographical anecdote about discovering one's ethnic background is not exactly what one thought it was - and evaluating racist attitudes.Pig When Small, Cow When Big - Nguyen Thanj PhongA strange and oddly funny story told through a 4th-grade essay about a pig being raised for slaughter.Orson Welles of Darussalam - Jin Jien LauAfter seeing a movie on pirated cable, a young boy becomes convinced that the end of the world is at hand... so he packs up his videotapes and his tamagotchi...End of History and the Last man - Colin Goh and Soo LeeBefore the destruction of Earth, an archivist speaks with one of the aliens who are recording information about our planet.Well, this is a bit hard on Singapore and Singaporeans in general! It makes me wonder if this attitude is prevalent... a couple of women from Singapore are the only people I can ever remember meeting who've encouraged me NOT to visit their native land ("it's boring and there's nothing to see.")iPocalypse - Adrian NginHmm. I didn't get this one. OK, there's a loser who posts ridiculous fantasies on facebook and is obsessed with some kind of Asian soap opera. And some weird stuff happens.A Day at the Beach - Wendy Chew1-page pin-up art. Not very good.1 AM - Tidus Fair SupertrampA cat dreams... Nice artwork.Life After the End of the World as we Know it - Baba Chuah1-page artwork with a dragon and weird aliens.Enigma of Art School Fault - Jin Hien LauAn anecdote about the questionable artwork of a college roommate. Reminded me just a tad of R. Crumb.Before the End of the World - Max LohThe author visited Japan with his friends. This would've been cute to send to said friends as a memento of the trip, but I don't see it really having universal interest.Fantascene - Chong Fei GiapTwo quite-nice watercolors of urban Asian landscapes.Boy - Elvin ChingAn autobiographical-seeming tale of being called up for mandatory military service, and the travails of making it through basic training. Surprisingly effective piece.Light - Dominique FamA fable of a lampmaker who is known for his New Year's celebration displays - but who has now set to work on another project. Aesthetically, reminded me a lot of the movie 'Hugo.'Let me See the Giant Fall - Bejamin CheeA political allegory about tyrannical leaders, in a fantastic setting.Guan Luo Yin - Nicky SohOh, I didn't like this at all. A woman obsessed with the spirit of her dead child travels to the afterlife to see him - only to find that he hates her because she had an abortion. 10010110 - Sam SeenNice, bold, stark color scheme and aesthetics - but I have to admit I had no idea what was going on at all.Ghost Kid - Billy TanOne-page artwork. Very nicely done - great composition and mystical imagery.The Amazing Kelim - DrewscapeOh, this one was awfully cute. At a dinner cabaret, a diner misses the evening's show - but gets asked for - nay, demanded to deliver - a favor.Zero Hero - Tan Eng HuatOne-page artwork. A classic superhero group.Crystal Mire - Jingxuan HuVery pretty artork, in an appealing-to-teenage-girls kind of way. The 'story' is too teenage-romance-sappy for me, though.Let's Do the Things We Normally Do - Vic MonTwo-page spread - a watercolor of people hanging out in a crowded coffee shop.In a Different Universe - Shuxian LeeSeemingly-autobiographical segment musing on a bad romance (with a bit of disaster tragedy thrown in). Didn't really capture my interest.Nothing to Lose - Rony Adami and Stephani SoejonoA challenge to critics to do their own thing, if they don't like someone else's thing. Robbish - Christiyani KabulSingapore has allegedly solved the world's rubbish problem, with the development of cute rabbits that devour any waste. But things are bound to go horribly wrong, in the tongue-in-cheek piece...Splithaven Blues - Jin Hien LauThe Devil's mom is tired of him sitting at home, being a slacker, and not causing any apocalypses. Finally, she kicks him off the couch and the computer games and gets him to do something... Will he do her proud?Copy provided by NetGalley - many thanks and much appreciation for the opportunity to read. My opinion, as always, is my own.

  • Pop Bop
    2019-05-06 13:53

    An Impressive, Visually Stunning and Interesting CollectionThis is the third volume in the well regarded "Liquid City" series. The goal is for these volumes to serve as showcases for the work of promising young Southeast Asian writers and illustrators. All of the volumes have been curated/edited by Sonny Liew, who is a Singapore-based and Eisner nominated comic artist and illustrator with a growing reputation.As you can imagine, collections like these can be all over the place. "Liquid City Volume 2" had a few stories I loved, I few I liked, and some that just never worked for me. This volume pretty much breaks down the same way.At the outset, I note that all of the pieces in this collection reflect talent, style and creative energy. If you are really into the subject, (I'm a more casual fan), you probably want and need to be familiar with all of these artists and writers. If you are more of a dabbler or sampler, well there is quite an array from which to choose. This volume includes more than two dozen distinct works, loosely organized under the theme - "If you knew the world was ending, what would be the story you would most want to tell?". Depending on your tastes, for stories or for drawing, you'll likely find at least a few stories that will really grab you. Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.

  • Ron
    2019-05-15 17:36

    Liquid City: Volume 3 is a collection of short comics (generally 5-10 pages at most) by a variety of artists/writers from Southeast Asia. You have non-fiction, semi-biographical, fantasy, horror, Sci-Fi, etc. This style of comic is best enjoyed in print where you can leaf through and see what catches your eye, rather having to page through an electronic comic. Chances are that you would find one or more items to enjoy in this large collection. I know that I did.

  • Rahadyan
    2019-05-15 16:44

    Drawn to this particular anthology because of the fact that it collects work by creators from Southeast Asia (I'm half Indonesian and half-Filipino). I recall with fondness the Secret Identities and Shattered anthologies of years past, but also as with those two books, I liked some creators' work more than those of others. I plan on catching up with the first two volumes and hope that there are more to come.

  • Glennis
    2019-04-23 12:45

    This is an collection of short stories done by lots of comic book writers that are Asian. Most of the stories only cover a few pages but several of them pack a wallop in the small amount of space. I hadn't read the other two collections but if they are as good as this one I will have to pick them up as well and give them a read.Digital review copy provided by the publisher through NetGalley

  • Helen
    2019-04-29 15:49

    A completely perfect collection of comics. Not only are the stories wonderfully illustrated they portray an almost darker side to comics. As a newcomer to the comic side of literature, I thoroughly enjoyed every single one of these stories and I hope the artists and writers go on to produce more. Perfect! I want more!!

  • April
    2019-05-20 13:42

    Love all the variety & different perspectives. Wonderful art!

  • Theediscerning
    2019-04-27 14:44

    This volume certainly has some heft, carrying with it the weight of a generation of Pacific Asian comix creators. The theme, of what story you'd tell given one last chance, is more or less stuck to, so art school losers don't get things done on time, the world (or a corner of it) ends in an unlikely way, and relationships collapse. It makes for a collection of evidently very personal pieces, which can hinder the work some times. Still, while a few are bad (and one is unreadably WTF bad) there are many great pieces here. Two errant boys seem to discover a friendly guardian god; another is forced to conscript. And Dominique Fam provides for the most deliciously beautiful story I can ever remember seeing, with luscious artwork worthy of full-scale wall hangings.There, though, as elsewhere, there is a problem that either the artwork or the script/story will let the side down, meaning that the standard isn't of the highest quality throughout. Still this does remain a sterling compilation – it should be lauded for its giving creators a personal place in such a large shop window, and it presents such a wide variety of material – mostly with at least some kind of merit – that it deserves much attention as a sign of what that huge, diverse region of our planet has in store for us, comix-wise.

  • Alice Marsh-Elmer
    2019-05-12 16:31

    If I could rate the individual stories within this collection, plenty would be 5+'s. My critique is more that the ones that fell flat fell very flat.I was most intrigued upon opening the book, and greatly enjoyed how different it is. A small corner of the publishing world (in the United States) is, I would say, half-filled by Southeast Asian writers. And please understand me, I do Not find that satisfying, I think there should be many more. This is made only more obvious by the multiple themes, fantasies, and creatures I met within liquid city that I googled to get more information about. Were this a collection of Americans short stories in comic form, I would be far more familiar with the folk tales, mythical monsters, and ideologies. This makes Liquid City an incredibly important introduction.That being said, I didn't feel all of the stories were effective. A few could have used the space to breathe, some fell below my expectations in writing or narrative, others felt jilted by the short story format (too obviously cut from a lengthier piece). To a degree inevitable within short stories, I felt that a tighter edit could've helped this problem. Understandably, this collection is intended to have the breadth to represent the graphic culture coming out of Southeast Asia, but I feel quantity over quality always proves to be a crutch.

  • Wayne McCoy
    2019-05-01 19:46

    'Liquid City, Vol. 3' is another volume in the graphic novel series featuring artists from SouthEast Asia. The work varies and the stories are short. While I still think volume 2 was better, there is some interesting art and storytelling going on here.The theme this time is the end of the world. While some of the stories are grand apocalypses, most are personal stories about childhood fears or the ends of relationships. The art varies pretty wildly, from rougher all the way to handpainted panels. My personal favorite was 'Light' by Dominique Fam, a beautifully executed fable in story and art, but I also liked the small, personal stories that had a sense of vulnerability to them.The book finishes with each creator having a few words to say about the story they've included. From the loss of loved ones, to the imagined end of everything, to playful gods toying with men, there is something here for everyone.I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this graphic novel.

  • Connor
    2019-05-03 15:27

    This was a good compilation book, seeing various different art styles was interesting. Its nice to see how people approached the subject in different ways. I couldnt pinpoint my favourate comic in there, because there are a handful that really stood out, some for the story and some for the art style. Overall its a good book to have around for when your bored, due to the length of each story you dont need to commit alot of time to reading it.

  • Tammy
    2019-04-29 15:40

    Marvelous, fascinating look at the state of comics in Southeast Asia. This runs the gamut from light and funny comics, to political and cultural commentary, to fantasy and science fiction. And it's all glorious. This is well worth a look. I need to get my hands on the first two volumes and keep an eye out for future volumes.(Provided by publisher)

  • Elle Markov
    2019-05-02 14:46

    Liquid City is a collection of short tales that each usually has some small lesson or token for contemplation. Some stories and illustrations were better than others and that ultimately affected my opinion of the book. Many of these short tales have a rooting in the author's culture. Ultimately I'd still buy this book, so I say read.

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    2019-05-04 17:42


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