MALINKY ROBOT: COLLECTED STORIES AND OTHER BITS BY SONNY LIEW (IMAGE)
Set in a sprawling Asian-referencing urban landscape (aka the city of San’ya), Sonny Liew’s Malinky Robot chronicles the (mis)adventures of Atari and Oliver, two street urchins. Despite it’s fictitious setting and it’s truncated narratives, the short stories in Malinky Robot reflect Liew’s real-world obsessions with pop culture – superhero comics, anime and the ubiquitous scifi robots.
In the midst of the quaint, almost antiquated steampunk-ish environments, Liew reaches into the guts of his imagination to rip out ideas and emotions that relate to our everyday living – dreams, disappointments, avarice, humour, loneliness, financial realities and so on. Never mind if we’re never quite sure what kind of creature Oliver is or question the existence of Mr Nabisco’s little robot – it all just seems to make sense in the wider scheme of things.
So there are stories here that will make you laugh, cry, look back in awe and sometimes even scratch your head but ultimately will resonate with you for its astute reflections of the human condition. As someone who has lost faith and patience with the superhero comic, it’s heartening to note that the medium itself continues to be a potent source for good storytelling.
Sonny Liew will be signing your copies of Malinky Robot this Saturday, 10th September at Kinokuniya Takashimaya, I will be performing a short set before so come down early will ya, please? RSVP here.