Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day!
The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ exercise designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been facilitating this event since October 2008 to gradually introduce Cambodian artists to this unique exercise and the global comics community.
As with prior years, we offer participants a ‘Cambodian Variation’: One artist — one page — one hour of the day. Many Khmer artists have jobs, school, and family obligations, but all artists who have an hour to spare are welcome to join the fun!
For 2013, Java Arts Gallery will host an exhibition spotlighting five years of 24 Hour Comics called ‘Up All Night’ (Friday September 27th). Java will host the yearly drawing day on Saturday, September 28th from 8am to 8pm.
‘StripAll Night’ will feature professional and amateur art archived by Our Books Cambodia from prior drawing events at Java, Romeet Gallery and ‘The Living Room’, among others. http://www.facebook.com/events/162249207313002/
From its initial foray in 2008, Our Books has pioneered ‘The Cambodian Variation’ for busy artists. Since Khmer artists often have several jobs, school and family obligations, they were invited to select an hour of the day to complete a full 24 hours of drawings, reflecting daily life in Cambodia. A collection of these drawings (‘Our Day’) is in progress, and samples will be shown on the 27th.
’24 Hour Comics Drawing Day’ will start at 8:00 on Saturday September 28th. Coffee, art materials, food and a dedicated drawing space will be provided. For participants with children, a play room is available.
Last year’s session was a modest effort and closed early due to the King-Father’s Funeral.
This year, ‘Global’ 24 Hour Drawing day will fall October 05-06, during the nationwide Pchum Ben religious holiday. Comics from the event on the 28th will be exhibited immediately, and shared via social media on October 05th.
Java and Our Books welcome all participants, amateurs and professionals, to join our Friday exhibition and our Saturday drawing day. Feel free to draw and catch up with other artists, be it for a brief catch-up or a marathon session. Artist guides Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth will be on hand to assist with tools and materials, and Our Books staff (Nhim Soknea, Kim Phally) will be available to scan artwork for display and exhibition.
Event Time: Up All Night: 6pm – 8pm, September 27, Java Arts
24 Hour Drawing Day: 8am Sept 27 to 8am Sept 28, Java Arts
Event Location: Java Cafe & Gallery, 56 Sihanouk Boulevard, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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Our Books is pleased to be exhibiting new material by comic artist Cliodhna Ztoical at Rik Reay Gallery / noodle shop from September 13 to 27.
She studied animation at Ballyfermot College in Dublin and comics at the School of Visual Arts in New York.
“Ztoical’s Comic Adventure 2013” brought her to Cambodia, where her sketches of Angkor Wat were drawn.
For more art and information, check out her web site, Ztoical.com.
In Pursat, artist Prum Vannak is hard at work on an autobiographical tale of his life away from home, trapped as illegal labor on a fishing ship. Labor trafficking is a huge concern for Cambodia, and we’re hoping his tale gets attention inside Cambodia as well as out to the world at large.
Vannak’s artwork will also feature in a presentation at TechCamp Phnom Penh, happening later this month. Stay tuned for more from this prolific artist.
Artist profile page: http://siewphewyeung.org.kh/artists/prum-vannak/