What I tell myself everyday.

To all the people watching, I can never ever thank you enough for the kindness to me, I'll think about it for the rest of my life. All I ask is one thing, and this is.. I'm asking this particularily of young people that watch: Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism - for the record it's my least favorite quality, it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen. I'm telling you, amazing things will happen." - Conan 'O'Brien

January 4, 2009

The Resident Tourist

The Resident Tourist by Troy Chin. Part 1 and 2

I 1st came across these books when I came back from NZ a few weeks back. Saw it at Ani-PLay in sunshine. It was interesting but I did not buy it. Later end up like most local comics. All cannot make it one.

But I finally got a chance to read part 1 in kino at Taka. Some joker tore the wrappings and left it there. (not me). It was really good. I was pleasantly surprised how good it was.
Just finished and re-read all the books again. And it does get better on a 2nd reading.

His art is decent (still way better then me). But it was his story telling skills that really stood out. There is no judgemental tone in the book nor did it felt dumbed down or exggrated just because its a comic. Its kinda of reminded me of yotsuba in terms of the feel.
For me it really connected with me as the issues that he faced and things he is going through.
Its a autobiographical account of his return back from singapore after working in NYC. There is a really good review of the book at http://textfiend.net/zerohero/?p=636
You can his website and other short stories here
I am waiting eagerly for the 3rd volume and I wish him all the best in his writings.


  1. Dun bluff...you tore it open because you wanted to read it right ? :p

  2. No lah, it was not me. But Vong. the main character is like you. U want, i send a copy to you ?