Learning to Adapt

July 2, 2011

This review of Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng’s Gone Case appeared in S/PORES, Volume 9 (2011).

There is a case to be made for a literary impression that adaptation is the most difficult sub-genre in the field of comics. Any attempt to give Dave Chua and Koh Hong Teng’s Gone Case: A Graphic Novel its proper critical evaluation does well to keep this point in mind. The first part of this two-volume work is now commercially available, and its second part, as well as a Chinese edition, will come out later in a matter of months. The title is a graphic interpretation of Chua’s well-received coming-of-age novel, first published in 1997, which revolves around the struggles of a twelve-year-old “heartlander” with school, relationships, and changes in his family life. The art comes to us here entirely through the remarkable drawing talent of Koh.


Gwee Li Sui

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