A fuzzy phone photo of visiting Fulbright Scholar Jan Arabas!
Presenting some books from her USA class to our team in Phnom Penh!
Jan will be conducting an art exchange program with her students in Lowell, Massachusetts and also creators at the Royal University of Fine Art.
She’s also looking forward to taking some of Our Books back for Lowell’s upcoming Water Festival! (More pictures and news to come.)
(Including a profile on Cambodian comics from Our Books staff!)
Image Comics to release second volume of LIQUID CITY anthology in September Singapore – 8 July 2010 – Come September, explore the mutable landscapes of LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2, an anthology collecting work from celebrated Southeast Asian creators. LIQUID CITY promises unforgettable tales of cities and the people who live in them.
LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2 once again brings together creators from Southeast Asia to offer 22 tales of amazing diversity. From Lat’s vignette of a soccer game in Malaysia, to Ivan Song’s poignant near-future tale of childhood memories; from Miel’s silent tale of an assasin’s travails, to Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thahn Phong’s account of his adventures in South Korea, this collection showcases an incredible variety of styles and genres. Flying houses, zombie soldiers, Muay Thai warriors, Mas Selamat and Robot Rabbits – you’ll
find it all and more in LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2!
Also included are illustrated essays, offering rare insights into comics in Cambodia and Indonesia, and the impact of typhoon Ondoyin on lives and the state of comics in the Philippines.
“The name itself – LIQUID CITY – is meant to suggest the fluidity and ever-changing nature of cities,” relates editor Sonny Liew. “The stories are a reflection of Southeast Asia’s unique position in the comics world, combining American, manga and other influences with local cultures and histories.”
Co-editor Lim Cheng Tju says that the anthology “has helped build a sense of community among creators in Southeast Asia, and for the reader LIQUID CITY VOL.2 once again provides a facinating glimpse of the immense talent working and living in the region.”
LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2, a 312-page full-color trade paperback from Image Comics, will be on sale for US$29.99 on September 29, 2010. (Diamond pre-order code : 2JUL10 0414 )
Adrian Ngin * AKS * Charlene Chua * Chin Yew * Christiyani Kabul * Dave Chua * Don & Katherine Low * Drewscape * Ivan Song * JC Wong * Kenneth Loh * Koh Hong Teng * Lat * Lefty * Miel * Nguyen Thanh Phong * Seiji * Shari Chankhamma * Shelly Wan * Sheila Rooswitha Putri * Sonny Liew * Troy Chin * Vic-Mon * Wayne Santos * Zeropointfive
For full bios, visit http://bit.ly/LQcitybios
Sonny Liew is an Eisner-nominated comic artist and illustrator. His work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel, SLG and Disney, along with Malinky Robot, a Xeric Award recipient and winner of the 2009 Best Science Fiction Comic Award at the 10th Utopiales Science Fiction Fes-tival in Nantes, France. For more information, visit www.sonnyliew.com
Lim Cheng Tju is the Singapore country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art. His articles on comic art have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly.
Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.
“A groundbreaking moment for Southeast Asian artists…a mad kaleidoscope of colliding styles…demented, poignant
and wildly entertaining.” – New Straits Times
“[I]maginative and visually stunning collection of new work… Liew’s Liquid City anthology seeks to expose mainstream readers to other exceptional talents from the region.”- Comic Book Resources
“Southeast Asia recently has risen in prominence in the U.S. comics scene… no better time, then, for an anthology of comics from the region…Liquid City drips with South-east Asian comics talent.”- Publishers Weekly
Bora is not the world’s greatest student, but he aspires to be better. At first he copies what the top students in his class do. But their approaches don’t work for him.
His sister advises him to follow his interests, and find a way to study tailored to follow his own interests. At the end of the semester Bora is in for a surprise!
This 16 page (Khmer language) comic was illustrated by Moeu Diyadaravuth and colored by Sao Channa. It was produced for Equal Access Cambodia.