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Cambodian Comics: 50 Years (in 5 minutes)

i Jul 30, 2012 1 Comment by

Managing Editor John Weeks presented today at the ‘Pecha Kucha‘ themed ‘Nerd Night‘, briefly reviewing the three eras of Cambodian comics history and the intriguing local/international artists that made it all happen. The talk’s slides can be viewed via ‘Slideshare’ (English or Khmer), and the talk via YouTube (both above). (Thanks to Kim Phally and Heng Huy Eng for technical assistance!) Below: Press release. Nerd Night Phnom Penh



July 30; first speaker at 8 (no later than 8:14)
$1 Beer Lao; $1.25 Tiger draft; food at Pontoon Bistro


PONTOON (nerds, click for map) (Corner st 51 and 172)


Dina Sadek, on the Egyptian Revolution; Nettra Pan, on the Importance of Authenticity; Bernadette Valdellon, on A Cappella; Gillian Rhodes, on Choreography; and John Weeks, on Cambodian Comics (50 years in 20 slides!)


Inspired by the world renowned Pecha Kucha presentation format, Nerd Night is an exhibition of local talent and ideas.  Each presentation is short and sweet: 20 slides, 20 seconds each slide.  Topics are not themed.  You might know some of the presenters, but chances are you have never seen this side of them before.  Nerd Night is a chance for you to get a quick glimpse into the life, work and interests of the people in the Phnom Penh community. Rapid fire presentations, music, drinks and chats make Nerd Night a must!

(Here are a few tidbits from our talk last year. http://www.delicious.com/slugdog/nerdnightPP)

Cambodia: Ghosts Captured On Camera

i Jul 26, 2012 Comments Off by


One of the first comics the ‘Our Books’ team advised on (back before there was an official Our Books) was 2005’s ‘Wrath of the Phantom Army‘ by Heritage Watch. Produced for outreach in English and Khmer, the comic was drawn by Y Lida (a teacher at the Royal University of Fine Arts) and scripted by Heritage Watch’s staff.

Years later, we’re pleased to help Heritage Watch update their publications for the digital age – here HW Director Dougald O’Reilly shows off some rough draft electronic versions (epub, mobi) put together by our graphic designer Kim Phally.

Stay tuned to http://www.heritagewatchinternational.org for more details!

Comics vs Trafficking

i Jul 24, 2012 Comments Off by

The Our Books team attended a talk featuring Prom Vannak at Meta-House.
He related his harrowing tale of being imprisoned on a fishing boat for years.
How did he explain his ordeal to his family? Via a comic. Stay tuned for more art from this dedicated and talented artist!



A Good Meal for a Good Cause

i Jul 2, 2012 Comments Off by

Our thoughts go to the family of the painter Vann Nath, and their sustenance.
Do not hesitate to visit their restaurant, in gratitude for the tireless testimony of the painter, to help, and… to enjoy a good ‘loc lac’.

Thanks Séra for a good tribute to the great man!

Kith Eng’s restaurant is called “ORCHIDÉE” can be found in Phnom Penh at:33 B, 169, Sangkat Mittapheap Street, Khan 7 Mekara, Phnom Penh. [Google Map]

(The house of Vann Nath is next to the restaurant ‘The Spoon’ for those who are interested to know.)
(Please forgive my poor translation! – J )
Pensées à la famille du peintre Vann Nath, dans la peine, dans le besoin.
Alors n’hésitez pas à déjeuner dans le restaurant, en remerciement pour le témoignage inlassable du peintre, pour les aider, et … pour vous régaler avec un bon loc lac.

Merci Séra Ing pour ce bel Hommage au Grand Homme !

Le restaurant de Kith Eng s’appelle “ORCHIDÉE” et se trouve à PP là :
33B, rue 169,
Sangkat Mittapheap,
Khan 7 Mekara,
Phnom Penh

La maison de feu Vann Nath jouxte le restaurant “The Spoon”, pour ceux qui connaissent.