Whew! This year Our Books facilitated participation in ‘Global 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day’, held at Romeet Gallery from 8am to 5pm, October 20th. It was the 5th time our team has assisted in a ’24 hour’ drawing day project.
Those not living in Cambodia may not be aware that King-Father Norodom Sihanouk passed away a few days previously. Most parties and celebratory events have been canceled during this national period of mourning.
After some deliberation we decided to opt for a quiet, eight hour drawing day based on our ‘Cambodian Variation’ from prior years: one artist / one hour / one page. Finding time to draw for Khmer artists is a challenge, and this option allows them to squeeze a few hours of drawing into a busy schedule of work/school/family life.
Our Books Graphic Designer Kim Phally was on hand to scan and web up art, while Assistant Project Manager Nhim Soknea assisted with logistics. Sao Sreymao served as our ‘artist guide’ for visitors new to the event. Many thanks to Romeet (in particular Curator Kate O’Hara) for making their space available!
Above: untitled comic by Seng Visal
It was an enjoyable day, catching up with old and new friends: classic 1980s artist Sin Yang Pirom, freelancer Sen Samondara, acclaimed young artists Chan Pisey, Seng Visal and Peou Ty, teacher VJ Joson, graphic novelist Patrick Samnang Mey, and many more!
As always, it was great to see the global comics community gearing up for a full day of comics, and be a small part of this. Below are some samples of the comics produced – more to come from the participants in following days! Much of the artwork initially went up on the event’s Facebook page.
(For the curious, our Flickr set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/comicslifestyle/sets/72157631817052415/ )
(Mak Mak – Chan Pisey)
(The Bibliophile – VJ Joson)
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