A part of the enchantment of spending time in Singapore, whether or not bodily or vicariously, is gaining a extra nuanced understanding of the city-state’s historical past. Meaning transferring past the established “Singapore Story,” which paints a rosy image of unfettered capitalism. Sonny Liew’s beautiful graphic novel, “The Artwork of Charlie Chan Hock Chye,” is an efficient introduction to all the opposite forces — geography, colonialism, one-party rule — that performed a job in Singapore’s meteoric rise. It follows the story of a fictional cartoonist, Charlie Chan Hock Chye, from colonial occasions to the current day, portraying a much more complicated origin story for the unbiased nation than the federal government’s long-held narrative. Deftly switching between inventive kinds, every a tribute to a unique comedian guide legend, Liew, a author and cartoonist, presents deceptively complicated political evaluation, unexplored takes of historical past and transportive snapshots of town by the ages. The scenes leap off the web page, and it’ll really feel like you might be touring not solely throughout continents but additionally throughout a long time.