Kopi Thiam is your friendly heartland coffee shop where Thiam and his wife have been operating their business for decades. However, Kopi Thiam has to compete with the increasing number of modern cafés, including starbucks and new outlets that serve artisanal coffee. In spite of competition, Kopi Thiam is able to stay in business with the support of die-hard customers.
Kopi Thiam blends ingenuity, friendship, and wit to create a homely space where the characters seem strangely, and pleasantly, familiar.
Smartly written and skilfully drawn, Kopi Thiam harks back to the time of those comic strips that used the simplicity of comics to entertain children and adults alike.
"I congratulate Adam Lee and James Suresh for producing this enjoyable book of cartoons about an icon of Singapore, the Kopitiam. Every Singaporean has his favourite Kopitiam. The Kopitiam is not only a place we go to eat at but also to meet our friends. It is the people’s community centre."
—Prof. Tommy Koh, Lawyer, professor, and diplomat
When Kopi Thiam was published in the local and Malaysian newspapers, I was living abroad and missed them altogether. I am glad that Suresh and Adam are republishing these hilarious comic strips in a book. They will no doubt be nostalgic for some and most delightful for all. As Robert Frost, my favourite American poet, wisely said, ‘If we couldn’t laugh, we would all go insane.'"
—Dr. William Tan, General Secretary, Singapore Kindness Movement
“For those looking for a dose of nostalgic 90s Singapore humour, Adam and Suresh’s compilation of comics will feel as warm and familiar as a cup of kopi at an old hangout spot."
—Sonny Liew, Award-winning graphic novelist and bestselling author of The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye
Cover Type: Softcover
Page Count: 94
Year Published: 2019