New graphic novel by Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng

Dave and Hong Teng have surpassed themselves yet again, creating a forceful epic laden with intrigue and adventure that is greater than the sum of their parts.

Having worked together before on Gone Case, a graphic novel which won the Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996, both award-winning creators have come up with the first volume of The Prodigy: Blade of the Chrysalis.

Heavily inspired by Asian mythology, The Prodigy takes its world from various oriental cultures, mixing the familiar to form the unfamiliar.

Set in a beautifully drawn fantasy world in Katchana and the Isles of Urusha, the first volume of the series already sets the mood ripe for drama: An oppressed people, a powerful tyrant Emperor, and a group of unfortunate rebels.

The Prodigy follows the exploits of the grim former soldier Jaasur, as well as unwitting protagonists Ulyn, Daiyan and the street urchin Kadai as they journey to save their lands.

Hong Teng’s style has evolved since his days from Ten Sticks and One Rice to suit the rigorous demands of an alternate fantasy universe. His intricate and meticulous hatching style evokes a heady mix of Miyazaki’s original Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga paired with Kentaro Miura’s Berserk.

This writer had a sneak peek of the graphic novel, found it an absolutely riveting experience, and now wishes to purchase his own copy at the book launch.

This book launch will be held at The Arts House, Gallery II, as part of the Singapore Writers Festival on 4th November 2018, 12pm to 2pm.

The book will be on sale at major bookstores from last week of October 2018 –  check with Booksactually, Kinokuniya, Popular & Times. ( updated info 23/10/2018 )

About the authors:

Dave Chua won the SPH-NAC Golden Point Short Story Contest in 1995. His first novel, Gone Case, received a Singapore Literature Prize Commendation Award in 1996. He worked on the comic adaptation with artist Koh Hong Teng. His short story, “Last Days”, won the second prize in Chiaroscuro magazine’s short story contest in 2010. His collection, The Beating and Other Stories, was longlisted for the 2012 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. His work has been translated into Chinese, Spanish, Italian, and French.

Koh Hong Teng is an award-winning illustrator and comic artist based in Singapore. In 2012, he co-created the graphic novel ‘Ten Sticks and One Rice’ with writer Oh Yong Hwee that won the bronze award in The 7th International Manga Award the following year, making them Singapore’s first comics creators to win a prized international award from Japan. He is the co-recipient of the Book of the Year Award and the Best Illustrated Non-Fiction Award at the Singapore Book Awards 2017 for the history art book Building Memories: People, Architecture, Independence.

The Prodigy is the third collaboration between Dave and Hong Teng.

ISBN: 978-981-11-8945-6
Published by: Pause Narratives
Content: 128 pages, black & white
Dimension:160 x 230 x 13mm
Weight: 400g
SRP: S$19.90 w/o GST
Post Written by Dan Wong