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24 Hour Comics Drawing Day, October 3, 2015

i Sep 29, 2015 Comments Off by

24 Hour Day Oct 03

Our Books will join the Global 24 Hour Comics Drawing day this October 3rd, based at the Our Books Office, from 8am to 8pm.

Participants will be featured in an exhibition at Rik Reay Gallery and have their art shared online.

Pens, pencils, paper and art tools will be on hand as well as as artists to advise new creators.

As in keeping with prior years, busy artists are invited to contribute one page as a ‘Cambodian Variation’. Not everyone has the time to draw all day!

For those of you who wish to complete a full 24 pages, Java Cafe will be serving up hot coffee, and assisting with exhibition results.

Join us to draw, sketch, laugh and catch up this Saturday!

Our Books Office:

#48, Street 63, Sangkat Boeung Keng Kang I, Khan Chamkar Morn, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Phone (Landline) 023 99 07 06 (Mobile) 010565678

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Barcamp Kampot Comic Jam Session

i Mar 19, 2015 Comments Off by



(Session is in Khmer language / some English)

It’s time to draw! No experience necessary, let’s collaborate!
Join comic artists John Weeks and Sao Sreymao as we ‘jam’ to develop a short comic together with short sketch exercises!

New artists and amateurs are encouraged, all are welcome. The results will be compiled as an online comic.

About the Speakers: John Weeks is the Managing Editor of local nonprofit Our Books, cultivating the art form of comics in Cambodia. He has taught comics workshops at numerous tech, IT and youth gatherings.

Sao Sreymao is a Cambodian comics artist from Battambang who has published numerous Khmer language comics. She works as a commercial comics artist, creates educational comics as well as her own personal work, and has been exhibited as a professional creator.


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FOSS Asia Sketch Notes – 2014

i Mar 29, 2014 Comments Off by

Thanks to Kong Monirath and Hong Bora, Our Books is pleased to share ‘sketch notes’ from 2014’s ‘Free And Open Source Software’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! (http://http://fossasia.org)

Can you spot your picture / talk? All drawings are free for use, under Creative Commons 4.0 license. Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/105320485@N05/sets/72157642936360465/

A small selection of these will be on display at ‘Rik Reay’ gallery in Phnom Penh, from March 31 to April 19th.

BarCamp Comic Jam 2013

i Oct 14, 2013 Comments Off by

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It’s time to draw! This year at BarCamp Phnom Penh, the Our Books team will host a drawing session and compile the results as an online comic!
(You can vote for this topic at: http://2013.barcampphnompenh.org/session/barcamp-comic-jam-2013/)

Join the Our Books team and local artists as we do collaborative ‘jam strips’ and short sketch exercises. New artists and amateurs are encouraged, all are welcome.

October 19 Jam Comic:

Barcamp Comic Jam 2013  Read on Scribd (below) or download from DropBox.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

BarCamp Cambodia 2013 Sketchnotes

i Oct 12, 2013 Comments Off by

Inspired in large part by Julian Kucklich‘s tireless efforts, Kong Monirath, Prum Vannak, and Moeu Diyadaravuth will be drawing ‘Sketchnotes’ of BarCamp 2013’s sessions, in Khmer. Stay tuned for more art and news!

Update: Kong Monirath’s draft sketches are in for day one! Still sorting ‘em out:

How To Develop Your Digital Strategy – Be Chantra / @Chantra
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Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (5)

The Use of ICT Tools For Promoting and Protecting Freedom Of Expression In Cambodia” – Lach Vannak / @LachVannak

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (2)

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (3)

Clogher in the Kingdom: Chak Sopheap / @JusMineSophea

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (6)

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Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (7)

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Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (8)

More sketchnotes to come! After formatting and editing we will post a revised English / Khmer version for each session we cover.  For download, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/105320485@N05/

24 Hour Comics Drawing Day 2013: The Biggest Yet

i Oct 3, 2013 1 Comment by

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In addition to celebrating 5 years of ‘24 Hour Comics‘ with our ‘Strip All Night‘ exhibition at Java Cafe,
Our Books and friends dived into year six on Saturday the 28th.

We produced in excess of sixty pages, and had our biggest turnout yet of both professionals and amateurs.
We would like to thank our ‘artist guides’ Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth for assisting the Our Books team in orienting participants and encouraging newcomers.

Many elected to do the ‘Cambodian Variation’ of ‘One Hour / One Comic’ but stuck around for a little more.

Due to Cambodia’s Pchum Ben holiday our event was held one week early. To encourage other participants during this global event, Our Books will be Facebooking and Twittering art and photos this coming Saturday October 05.

Stay tuned for selections from 2013’s offerings on Java Cafe‘s walls, and also at Rik Reay gallery / noodle shop!

For now, here are some pictures and pages to pique your interest.

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Photo Set http://goo.gl/uaagfr
Comic Pages http://goo.gl/cnvWN1
Blog Coverage: 24-Hour Comics Day Again!
24 Hour comics networking site: http://www.24hourcomicsday.com

’Strip All Night’ Exhibition Kicks off 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day!

i Sep 18, 2013 Comments Off by

Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day!

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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
+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0)92 95 71 71 (Soknea, Our Books)
+855 (0)17 626 207 (Klo, Our Books)

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/162249207313002/

‘The Advisor’ http://theadvisorcambodia.com/2013/09/one-day/



Prum Vannak: Back To The Drawing Board

i Sep 3, 2013 Comments Off by

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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/

‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ – Exhibition (July 01 -14), Rik Reay Gallery

i Jun 26, 2013 1 Comment by

This May in Thailand, Our Books staff joined Mekong ICT Camp. The Camp aims to train and network young IT practitioners via trainings and seminars.

During a ‘Mekong BarCamp’ knowledge exchange, a small workshop brought together diverse minds to create a small comic. Participants were urged to draw quickly, on subjects they enjoyed or strongly disliked.
Workshop participants reflected the Camp’s diversity, with participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, India and Laos.

Our very brief workshop was received enthusiastically and within a half hour of conclusion, these very simple comics were collected as a PDF, now available for download, sharable via a ‘Creative Commons’ 3.0 license.

The title of the exhibition reflects the workshop’s informal nature, and the irreverent enthusiasm of the participants.  Due to limited room at Rik Reay cafe/gallery space, pages will be changed every few days, and the entire exhibition will be available online via Flickr set and PDF.

Will there be more workshops like this to come? Expect it.

Comic PDF: http://db.tt/ox99Sisx
More on Mekong ICT Camp at : www.MekongICT.org

Mekong ICT Comic Workshop

Thanks to all participants and Mekong ICT staff! (Special thanks to ‘TazoChai’ for initial PDF.)
Cheers also to the Phnom Penh Post for spreading the word!
Photos of our very modest launch: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGvdoZB

Note: Our Books is extending this exhibition by one week. Beginning Monday the 22nd of August, we will feature new artwork by Chan Pisey and Moeu Diyadaravuth.

Prum Vannak art – from traffickee to honoree

i Mar 12, 2013 Comments Off by

Artist Prum Vannak has been a unique supporter of the anti-trafficking movement.  As a web exclusive for Our Books, he shares a few scenes from his eventful life in the last year.

After escaping from labor trafficking, Vannak’s friends in his rural Pursat village didn’t believe him. So he drew about it,  laboriously detailing his time trapped on a fishing boat.


“A lot of migrants are trafficked to work on fishing ships in the gulf of Thailand and Malaysia. They work day and night, with no time to rest.”

It didn’t go unnoticed. His expressive and heartfelt drawings took him to meetings, workshops and eventually recognition from the US State Department.


Workshop at Immigration Department in Taiwan, 2012.


Meeting Secretary of State Hillary Clinton



Publishers have taken interest in collecting the artist’s works as a graphic novel, and we’ll share more news as plans progress.   When he’s not busy fighting the good fight, Vannak is looking to branch out into commercial illustration.
You can read more about Prom Vannak on his artist profile page.