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Sonny Liew’s next major project coming Q1 2021

Fresh off being named one of Asia’s most influential voices by Tatler, Eisner Award-winning artist Sonny Liew has revealed more about his next project: A collaboration with media studies Professor Cherian George titled “RED LINES: Despots, Dollars, Dogmas, and the Censorship of Political Cartoons“.

The book, coming in at almost 400 pages thick, will launch in English in Q1 2021, and will be The MIT Press Information Policy series’ first all-graphic book. The French edition, published by Urban Comics, might arrive earlier than the English edition.

For the book, the creators interviewed around 50 cartoonists from 6 continents, to inform readers about political censorship of cartoons, “from old-fashioned dictators to market pressures, manufactured outrage, and gender-trolling”. You can see the full 14-chapter title list in Prof George’s post below.

The book has been in the works for quite a few years (since before Liew won his Eisners, it seems), and appears to have been titled “Drawing Fire” at some point. RED LINES is now with their editor, and so changes – including some to those preview pages – could still occur.

You can read more about RED LINES: Despots, Dollars, Dogmas, and the Censorship of Political Cartoons at their website here. Price and availability of the book is to be confirmed.

And if you can’t wait till 2021 for more Sonny Liew work, you can check out his recent work on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr Hsu Li Yang here. You can also read our interview with the “rockstar” artist Liew when he launched his award-winning The Art Of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.


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