DC Comics picks Malaysian artist to design cover for limited-edition Batman issue

DC Comics has picked Malaysian artist Allan Kwah to design a limited-edition Batman comic. The issue is a store variant commissioned by online store The Comic Mint, and a total of 600 copies have been made available for purchase across all its partner sites starting 22 September.

Kwah, is the comic artist and founder at Komikaki Studio, a comic art and digital colouring company based in Kuala Lumpur. A+M has reached out to Kwah for more comments.

With an assignment for a comic as iconic as Batman, Kwah of course, took to Instagram to express his joy. Describing it as "the biggest news" of his career, he said: "Fourteen years waiting for my opportunity to draw for DC and they gave me Batman. It is a good story to tell my future grandchildren." The post has garnered near to 340 likes and 50 comments in less than a week.

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Named Batman Knightfall 1 Dark Multiverse, the issue is sold for US$29.95 on The Comic Mint. The website said the comic is a "twisted tale" of how Bruce Wayne has turned from superhero to a villain, making making killing a commonplace in the name of justice in Gotham City.

It is not the first time Malaysian artists have taken on projects from big names in the media industry. In June, Netflix engaged Penang-based graphic designer and illustrator Ong Lyn-Hui as one of the 18 artists globally to interpret 18 episodes from the first two seasons of Stranger Things. Ong was tasked to design a poster according to her interpretation of the Chapter Two: Trick or Treat, Freak episode in the second season of Stranger Things.

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