The 214th meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Tuesday,  April 10, 2018 at 7pm at Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium (Room N101, off the lobby), Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. 66 Fifth Avenue. Free and open to the public.

Ye Zhen the Singapore Por Kai Zai: Is he the bastard son of Charlie Chan Hock Chye?

A conversation between Singapore comic critic, Lim Cheng Tju and comic artist, Ye Zhen

The three Eisner wins of Sonny Liew for The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye have shined a spotlight on Singapore comics and the Singapore comic auteur. But is Sonny Liew the end all and be all of Singapore comics? What is Singapore comics and what are its characteristics – historical and political fiction done in a post-modernist way?

This conversation between Singapore comic critic, Lim Cheng Tju and comic artist, Ye Zhen, presents a different take on the above questions. Ye Zhen, a sequential art graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design, has been quietly producing his Singapore Hip-Hop Horror Comics series for the last 10 years. So far, 10 volumes are out (the latest being the outrageous Singapore Por Kai Zai) with hardly any media attention or public adoration. He is consistently ignored and is an example of outside art in Singapore. But that might change as Ye Zhen has been featured in the last two Singapore Writers Festival, thanks to the intervention by his friend, Lim Cheng Tju. Come and listen to Cheng Tju and Ye Zhen before the latter becomes the big hip hop star he deserves to be.

LIM  Cheng  Tju is an educator who writes about history and popular culture. His articles have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly. He is the country editor (Singapore) for the International Journal of Comic Art and also the co-editor of Liquid City 2, an anthology of Southeast Asian comics published by Image Comics. He is one of the authors of The University Socialist Club and The Contest for Malaya: Tangled Strands of Modernity (Amsterdam University Press/National University of Singapore Press). He recently wrote a comic book, Guidebook to Nanyang Diplomacy. 

Ye Zhen
My name is Ye Zhen and I am a self-published comic artist since 2006, (11 years now).
I’ve drawn and self-published 10 volumes of my comic book series Singapore Hip-Hop
Horror Comics at the moment and am still ongoing with the series. I started out in the
local horror comic genre and am experimenting with action, thriller, sci-fi, wuxia and
any other fascinating stuff. My websites are :-  and


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