Surprise visit from Tomoko Okada of the Tokyo University for Foreign Studies!
Dr. Okada is a tireless teacher and an enthusiast for Khmer culture in Japan.
We caught up on comics drawn by Japanese artists (mangaka) in Cambodia, comics drawn about Cambodia, and issues pertaining to the indigenization of manga.
We were also honored this Monday to spend nearly two hours recording an interview with prolific artist Hul Sophon.
As one of the two last (known) surviving comics artists from the pre-revolutionary era, he had lots to share about literature both past and present.
While his covers are omnipresent at Cambodian bookshops, his relatively small number of comics were less lucky.
You can see his most recent work on novel covers, and childrens’ story books at Banteay Srei bookshop in Phnom Penh.
It was great to catch up! We welcome your budget (and curriculum vitae).
Joining us for the last few weeks have been Katherine Brickell and Jason Dittmer, researchers based in the UK. They have been interviewing Our Books’ roster of artists for some academic articles on Cambodian comics.
Prior to departure, Katherine and Jason submitted what they assumed would be an editorial to the Phnom Penh Post. They were very surprised to see it appropriated as a feature article, belaboring very obvious points about the comics market and citing them as sources, not authors.