First I’m going with Troy Chin’s feverish and unending comics series The Resident Tourist! I know I’m cheating here since that’s really eight books to date. But, however you read it, wherever you start, The Resident Tourist offers a singular experience like none other. It retraces the life of Chin after he returned to Singapore from New York in 2007. What follows is an extraordinary unfolding of ordinariness as friendship, love, home, memories, music, everything, and nothing sprawl with honesty that hurts.
Troy Chin is our Harvey Pekar, Chester Brown, and Joe Matt rolled into one Asian fish ball. His humour is infectious, and his art grows on you. His rhythm gets under your skin, and the pacing of his narrative is flawless. His dialogues are so unpretentiously brilliant that I always feel smarter while reading.
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