Gone are the days when comic books are associated with the 70s Kungfu hit "Dragon Tiger Gate". Some parents still think comics promote bad lifestyles! Gone (hopefully) are the days when comic artists are viewed with suspicion by politicians.
Singapore is ready to move on. Sonny Liew, creator of "Malinky Robot", wins the Young Artist Award. He is the first comic artist to win such a recognition in Singapore! What's also interesting is that, since comic art was never recognised before, he won it under "literary arts" rather than "visual arts".
"Many still question the idea of comic books as a valid form of art, but it now has an institutional boost in Singapore. Comic book artist and author Sonny Liew was announced as one of the five Young Artist Award (YAA) recipients at last night's 2010 Arts Awards ceremonies held at the Istana。” -Mayo Martin