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Malinky Robot: Collected Stories and Other Bits

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  134 ratings  ·  19 reviews
Street urchins Atari and Oliver are out to steal bicycles, watch Giant Robot movies, and spend some Large Denominational Bills! Malinky Robot collects five tales by Eisner-nominated artist Sonny Liew (My Faith in Frankie, Wonderland, Sense & Senisibility) featuring stinky fish, philosopher-labourers, and summer rain. A recipient of the Xeric Award, the Utopiales SF Fes ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 6th 2011 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2009)
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I've had the first issue of Malinky Robot sitting in one of my longboxes for a few years now, enigmatic and weird and difficult to make sense of, a flash in the pan of independent comicbookery until I remembered that in our interwebbed world, nothing stays a mystery forever.

So now this. It's a super-lovely little grotto of a book; what I think Calvin and Hobbes might be like if they lived inside Blade Runner -- a bittersweet post-apocalypse of magic. The two urchins -- androgynous Atari and pig
I too am super happy I have this in English now. No more badgering my French-reading friends with, "What does this say?"

I love all the stories and the art manages to look jaded and innocent at the same time.
2.5 for me. I'm sorry. I loved the art and ink. The stories smacked of a seriously creative mind, but they just don't make much sense. And Atari smokes (and he's a young kid that doesn't need to be smoking).

I'd give the art a 5, but the stream of consciousness was so far in left field I was left behind. Sure, they were short stories. Sure, I loved the sly references to popular culture. I wanted to love the comics overall. I just didn't. Also, I have to admit I kept waiting for a small robot. Or
Artur Coelho
Há neste livro uma curiosa mistura de sensibilidades. Temos por um lado o estilismo bonito e atraente das personagens infantilizadas como desenhos animados. Por outro, o futurismo alastrante de sabor asiático das megalópoles que misturam o hipermodernismo dos arranha-céus de vidro brilhante com o fervilhar humano ao nível das ruas. Isto é FC, mas de forma difusa, uma visão poética que digere influências da FC tradicional e das visões de futuro do manga e anime.

Malinky Robot vive de um certo exp
I fell in love with Sonny Liew's artwork when the first Malinky Robot showed up at the comic store I work at. I found it increasingly difficult to track down subsequent copies, even going so far as to call some contacts in France to get the French version, so I am pretty stoked that an English collection is finally released. His loose, scribbly style fits the mischief of his characters well and the colors are great.
Matthew Middleton
I loved the art, but the stories definitely left me wanting. I was also a little confused that the collection is called "Malinky Robot" but only 2 of the stories even involved the robot, which just happened to be my favorite stories since they had a simple cohesive plot.
I am so hooked. Sonny Liew's writing is as delightful as his art. While these are all short stories, there's so much *story* packed into them! If you haven't read about Atari and Oliver yet, don't delay!
Jeanne Lee
Loved the fact that a single pane can emote! Endearing characters, lovely sketches. It's not so much about the story but just the *feeling*.
Mar 08, 2012 Lucy rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Why does Atari smoke? It freaks me out, but I still enjoyed the short stories. The art was really neat.
Liked this a lot. Surreal and funny at the same time.
Make Mine Malinky!
Emilia P
Like... where are we guys? Liew is based in Singapore, this feels like some imagined semi-utopian-semi-dystopian Japan, and just exactly what are these little creatures that the tales are about? I don't know, and I don't need to know. They are beautiful, they are weird, they are super-specifically out of one dudes imagination, and as much as I don't really follow the stories (am I supposed to be able to?) the images are surprisingly both very comic-book-y and extremely intricate and artistic. I ...more
As much as I enjoyed the art and styling of this collection of odd shorts and sketchbook material, I think there may be something 'lost-in-translation' story-wise. Other than somewhat unnerving element of watching a kid chain-smoke, not much stood out for me. I wondered if (and I suspect) I just wasn't 'getting it.' Still, this is a gorgeous trip through Sonny Liew's flexility as an illustrator, and I always look forward to his work. Plus, I discovered, via the forward, that the artist and I not ...more
Singapore represent!
Sonny Liew has his own style which mix of everything. The stories are fun and kind of surreal. Full colors and varied in themes. I like the stories but I just don't prefer style of left the penciling unclean.
Jason Lundberg
Wonderful whimsical collection; I was so sad when this ended. I now join the throngs clamoring for Sonny Liew to create a Malinky Robot graphic novel. We need to see much more of this world.
I would buy every page from this collection, if I could; I love the art that much.
Kari Ramirez
I just want to know....what is Oliver?!
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Sonny Liew is a Eisner-nominated comics artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes the New York Times bestseller The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang (First Second Books).

His latest work, The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye , will be published by Pantheon Books in 2016.

Born in Malaysia, he lives in Singapore, where he sleeps with the fishes.
More about Sonny Liew...
The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye Liquid City, Vol. 1 (Liquid City, #1) Liquid City, Vol. 2 (Liquid City, #2) Warm Nights Deathless Days: The Life of Georgette Chen Malinky Robot: Bicycle

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