Toronto Launch of Sherwin Tjia's new book SERIAL VILLAIN
Please join us for the Toronto launch of Sherwin Tjia's new collection of illustrated, thrilling short stories, SERIAL VILLAIN.
Along with alcohol, the author will be present, giving a oddly beguiling Powerpoint presentation about the creation of the book and its illustrations. Afterwards, he will be available for signings.
883 Queen Street West
Friday, February 8, 2013
6 - 8 PM
A hypnotist uses his powers for evil instead of good.
A time-traveller goes back in time to kill Hitler as a baby.
An international secret agent finally sleeps with the wrong woman.
In this parodic collection of illustrated short stories, the award-winning and multi-talented Sherwin Sullivan Tjia concocts B-movie noir narratives filled with serial killers, mob bosses, cops and kidnappers encountering betrayal, femme fatales, and more plot twists than a Moebius strip.
The first in the Cinder Block Books series, SERIAL VILLAIN recalls the dark and stylish film posters of the 50s as well as reviving the brick-like Moby Illustrated Classics books of the 70s and 80s.
Hurtling along in quick cuts and abbreviated action, these 5-minute blockbuster movies up the ante with each diabolical development, practically with every paragraph. Immerse yourself in this perpetual dusk, where sex and violence party beyond redemption, where insignificant individuals take their revenge upon the world entire.
Sherwin Sullivan Tjia is a Montreal-based poet, painter and illustrator. He is the author of Gentle Fictions, Pedigree Girls, The World is a Heartbreaker, The Hipless Boy, You Are a Cat!, and SERIAL VILLAIN.
The World is a Heartbreaker was a finalist for the A.M. Klein Poetry Award.
The Hipless Boy, a collection of short, interconnected stories told in graphic novel form was a finalist for the Doug Wright Award in the Best Emerging Talent category, and also nominated for four Ignatz Awards (in the categories of Outstanding Artist, Outstanding Anthology or Collection, Outstanding Story, and Promising New Talent).
His last book is a choose-your-own-adventure style book told from the point of view of a housecat entitled, You Are a Cat! now in its third printing.
In his spare time, he organizes Slowdance Nights, Love Letter Reading Open Mics, Crowd Karaoke singalongs, and Strip Spelling Bees as Chat Perdu Productions. His invention, The E-Z-Purr, a CD with over an hour of cats purring, is available for download on iTunes.