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In the Year of the Virus is an innovative graphic comic book inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. The story revolves around several characters affected — and infected —- by the viral outbreak. The text by award-winning writer Felix Cheong, adapted beautifully by artist Eko, examines our humanity as our lives are upended and ended. This is a ground-breaking work that marries t In the Year of the Virus is an innovative graphic comic book inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. The story revolves around several characters affected — and infected —- by the viral outbreak. The text by award-winning writer Felix Cheong, adapted beautifully by artist Eko, examines our humanity as our lives are upended and ended. This is a ground-breaking work that marries text with artwork and aptly captures the wild swings of emotion we all felt after the pandemic hit and the lockdown began.


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In the Year of the Virus is an innovative graphic comic book inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. The story revolves around several characters affected — and infected —- by the viral outbreak. The text by award-winning writer Felix Cheong, adapted beautifully by artist Eko, examines our humanity as our lives are upended and ended. This is a ground-breaking work that marries t In the Year of the Virus is an innovative graphic comic book inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic. The story revolves around several characters affected — and infected —- by the viral outbreak. The text by award-winning writer Felix Cheong, adapted beautifully by artist Eko, examines our humanity as our lives are upended and ended. This is a ground-breaking work that marries text with artwork and aptly captures the wild swings of emotion we all felt after the pandemic hit and the lockdown began.

30 review for In the Year of the Virus

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jiaying

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. There are some nice juxtapositions in the words but some minor feedback about the poetry: 1. The rhythm is a bit chunky at times 2. Style changes at different sections. Whether by intention or not, maybe the transition felt a little abrupt. Nice piece of local graphic novel capturing the unique pandemic times in Singapore.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melanie Ang

    A very quick and short read. The text brought me through journeys of different people in Singapore dealing with this pandemic. Whether it's an old couple losing her loved one, a young man having cabin fever or a nurse feeling scared and discriminated against, though subtly. I enjoyed it thoroughly. A very quick and short read. The text brought me through journeys of different people in Singapore dealing with this pandemic. Whether it's an old couple losing her loved one, a young man having cabin fever or a nurse feeling scared and discriminated against, though subtly. I enjoyed it thoroughly.

  3. 5 out of 5

    twiinklex

    Didn't get it and not going to pretend that I did. The illustrations are slightly better. Didn't get it and not going to pretend that I did. The illustrations are slightly better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nadine

    The illustrations are good but the "poetry" is just awful. Didn't finish. The illustrations are good but the "poetry" is just awful. Didn't finish.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Khairun Atika

    This was a succinct and heartwrenching account of the COVID19 situation in Singapore. As we are still living in a pandemic now, the graphic novel recalls the loneliness and uncertainty during the initial circuit breaker period in Singapore. Of the novelty of the virus, its quick spread, and how it impacts the lives of many. Some fall sick, some experience loss, and some are just plain devastated by how things change. Their livelihoods change, their relationships change, and they are catapulted i This was a succinct and heartwrenching account of the COVID19 situation in Singapore. As we are still living in a pandemic now, the graphic novel recalls the loneliness and uncertainty during the initial circuit breaker period in Singapore. Of the novelty of the virus, its quick spread, and how it impacts the lives of many. Some fall sick, some experience loss, and some are just plain devastated by how things change. Their livelihoods change, their relationships change, and they are catapulted into a new norm. We crave for human contact, we crave for social interaction, and we crave for the outside world. Yet the poetry in this comic beautifully acknowledges the efforts and services of the frontline workers, and how much they have sacrificed for the citizens. A light, quick read with wonderful depth of a heavy situation.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jolin

    3.5 stars. I liked the vibes of this book but I must admit some poems were a bit too deep for me haha. However, the art style is very pleasing to the eyes and I appreciate the overall positive messages.

  7. 5 out of 5

    rue

    A quick 10 minutes read which I fully did not expect to enjoy but it surprised me. I actually do kind of like this genre. I'm very much obliged to read more Singaporean literature after this interesting read! A quick 10 minutes read which I fully did not expect to enjoy but it surprised me. I actually do kind of like this genre. I'm very much obliged to read more Singaporean literature after this interesting read!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Shichan Shen

    A bit too simplistic for my liking.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Didi

    A very cathartic read. This, too, shall pass and life goes on.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    makes my heart full <3 super cute

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Very quick read

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennith Chen

    I may be a speck but I wear a crown. A spectre to which you must bow down.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Good concept.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sadie-jane (Say-dee-Jane) Nunis

    What a clever book. It worked perfectly and tagged at my heartstrings in certain parts. As always, great poems. I loved the artwork too.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    A little disconnected. However I like the illustration. It is a short piece to read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Fabian

    Really great poetic comic piece with seamless flow between scenes

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ria Chia

    It's only redeeming quality is its illustrations. It's only redeeming quality is its illustrations.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Apollos

    In the Year of the Virus is a very short book that accompanies poems by local author Felix Cheong with beautiful illustrations by illustrator Eko. These poems are all related to Covid-19 in one way or another and capture the widespread emotions and feelings we have regarding this life-changing pandemic. Although the book is really short and can be read in literally less than five minutes, it is a book that can be revisited and pondered upon over time. I enjoyed reading and interpreting the author In the Year of the Virus is a very short book that accompanies poems by local author Felix Cheong with beautiful illustrations by illustrator Eko. These poems are all related to Covid-19 in one way or another and capture the widespread emotions and feelings we have regarding this life-changing pandemic. Although the book is really short and can be read in literally less than five minutes, it is a book that can be revisited and pondered upon over time. I enjoyed reading and interpreting the author’s poems in my own way and looking at the evocative illustrations. A meaningful and retrospective read! 4/5

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dorothea

    A glimpse of COVID-19 reflections and retrospection. The happenings from hearing it on the news to experiencing our own lockdown, aka Circuit Breaker, to shining some hope at the end. I enjoyed the drawings coupled with the literary usage.

  20. 5 out of 5

    mm

    Another library e-book. This has to be read for the year we have had. Enough said.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aquila Michiryu

    “In the year of the virus, I become frightened of math.” “The same story everyday.” “Line up by the line, or else you face a fine.” Inspired by the global COVID-19 pandemic, this short delightful graphic novel is a joy to read. The attractive bright-coloured illustrations by Eko, coupled with the evocative poems written by Felix Cheong presents a beautiful and timely work of art. A pleasant book that I enjoyed reading!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dalentra

  23. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Lam

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mabel Ang

  25. 5 out of 5

    Esther

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mantareads

  27. 5 out of 5

    Joceline

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dawn

  30. 5 out of 5

    Qiumei

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