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Soft Launch: Exhibition Space, Street 178 – ’24 Hour Comics Day, 2012′

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(Above: drilling and setting up frames.)

(Above: “Hey, a comic!)

Press Release: Our Books is pleased to announce the ‘soft launch’ of our permanent exhibition space at ‘Rik Reay‘ Restaurant, Street 178, 69c.


Our first exhibition features art from ’24 Hour Comics Day 2012′ by Sao Sreymao, Veejay Joson, Peou Ty, Seng Visal, Kim Phally (Our Books Graphic Designer), Sin Yang Pirom, and Chan Pisey. (Running from February 28th to March 12.)

By exhibiting at a local Khmer restaurant, we aim to engage people with comics outside of a gallery context, as a part of their daily life.


Future exhibitions will feature a diverse selection of art, from NGO outreach projects to new creative efforts from local artists.

Rik Reay restaurant is open from 6am to 12 noon. For further exhibition inquiries, please get in touch with Our Books.

023 223 242 / 012 526 840

Comics Kambodscha

i Feb 27, 2013 1 Comment by

A visit today with Andreas Knigge from Germany!
Andreas is a comics scholar / writer with Cambodian family, and is turning his eye to Cambodian comics.
We were happy to oblige and shared numerous comics, research, and ideas.
You can see more of his work at: http://www.acknigge.de

EBooks at BarCampAngkor

i Feb 25, 2013 1 Comment by

Photo courtesy Vannak
(Photo credit: Vannak Eng)


Managing Editor John Weeks gave a very basic introduction to E-Books this last weekend at BarCamp Angkor, based on his experiences working with Our Books. Below is the presentation –

Publish your E-Book In Ten Steps (BarCampAngkor 2013) from John Weeks

- plus a plethora of related links.
For more about the meetup, click below for the full report.

EUGÉNIE English Edition Release Friday November 16

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Patrick Samnang Mey is releasing the first volume of his graphic novel series Eugénie in English, with a launch taking place at ‘The Empire’ this coming Friday. (34, street 130 Phnom Penh, Cambodia).


Book launch and opening exhibition!

- Originally published in French in 3 volumes, EUGÉNIE will be released in a single opus for its ENGLISH VERSION!
– Drawings + paintings will be exhibited!
– Signed copies of the book available on the night!

- Free food buffet!
– Kir/Kir royale $2.50!

240 pages in Black and white, Watercolour and Indian Ink
Extracts on:

Venue information here: http://www.the-empire.org/

Event Facebook Page:

24 Hour Comics Day 2012

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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.

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(Buying art supplies)

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!

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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/ )

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(Mak Mak – Chan Pisey)

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(The Bibliophile – VJ Joson)

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All content copyright © Our Books or © artists cited unless otherwise noted.

Global 24 Hour Drawing Day – October 20, 2012 (English)

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Art: Chan Pisey. Colors: Kim Phally.

Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day! Romeet Gallery will host our Cambodian crew on October 20, 2012 joining cartoonists all over the planet who are attempting to draw 24 pages in 24 hours.

The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ exercise designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been developing Project: 24 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!

This year marks the fifth time Cambodian comic artists will attempt to a full drawing day (counting participation in Australia’s ComiKaze drawing day). Cambodian and overseas artists are welcome to join the drawing marathon at Romeet’s space, beginning at 8am SHARP October 20.

Art supplies, paper, and coffee will be provided until 8am the following morning. Artists who would care to share their work can do so live on the web, or via a compilation PDF/ebook assembled the following week

Staff from Cambodia’s comics nonprofit Our Books (Nhim Soknea, Kim Phally) will be on hand to scan pages and assist overall documentation of the event.

Artwork can be posted on the Romeet workspace walls during the workshop process. A live webcam linkup and Twitter feed will be accessible via http://SiewPhewYeung.org.kh/24 .

  • Artists: bring your ideas and enthusiasm, we will see who makes it to 8am the following morning!
  • Amateurs: all nationalities are welcome, regardless of your skill level, please feel free to give it a try!
  • Enthusiasts: enjoy reading comics? Check in on use in person or via the web to see art in action and cheer us on! We’ll need all the encouragement we can get!

Pages may be sold at the discretion of the artist. We ask that interested visitors please respect the artists’ creative process.

‘Best of’ pages from 2008 and 2009 are being collected in print and have been archived on the web as a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary Khmer comic art by Our Books, as well as sent to the permanent 24 Hour Comics archive.

Event Time: 8am Saturday October 20 to 8am Sunday October 21.

Event Location: Street 178, Phnom Penh, Phnum Penh, Cambodia

Romeet on Web, Facebook http://www.phareps.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=65&Itemid=201&lang=en


Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/100355440121465/

+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)

+855 (0)92 95 71 71 (Soknea, Our Books)
+855 (0) 92 953 567 (Kate O’Hara, Romeet Gallery)


24 Hour Drawing Day – October 20, 2012 (Khmer)

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Art: Chan Pisey. Colors: Kim Phally.

ជារៀងរាល់ឆ្នាំ អ្នក​គូរ​​​គំនូរ​ជីវចល​នៅ​ជុំ​វិញ​ពិភព​លោក​ តែងនាំគ្នាចូល​រួម​​ក្នុងទិវាគំនូរជីវចល២៤ម៉ោង។ ដូចគ្នាដែរ ​នៅ​​ថ្ងៃ​ទី​​២០ ខែ​តុលា​ ឆ្នាំ​២០១២​ នេះ Romeet Gallery នឹងរៀបចំទទួល​នូវក្រុម​វិចិត្រករ​របស់​កម្ពុជា​យើង​ ​​​​ ដែលរួមមានការអញ្ជើញចូល​រួម​ពីសំណាក់​អ្នក​គូរ​​គំនូរ​ជីវចល​នៅ​ជុំ​វិញ​ពិភព​លោកផងដែរ​ ហើយ​ពួកគេទាំងអស់គ្នានឹងព្យាយាមគូរ​​គំនូរ​ឲ្យ​បាន​ ២៤ ទំព័រ​ក្នុង​រយៈពេល​ ២៤ ​ម៉ោង​។

ការគូរគំនូរជីវចល២៤ម៉ោង​ គឺ​ជា​លំហាត់​ “គូរ​រូប​ដោយ​សេរី​” មួយ ​ដែល​ធ្វើ​ឡើង​ដើម្បីបំផុសនូវគំនិតច្នៃប្រឌិត​ថ្មីៗបន្ថែមទៀត។ អង្គការ Our Books ​បានបង្កើត​គម្រោង៖ ២៤​​ ម៉ោង ​ចាប់តាំង​ពី​ខែ​តុលា​ ឆ្នាំ​២០០៨​ មកម្ល៉េះ​ ដើម្បី​​ណែនាំ​វិចិត្រករ​​​​កម្ពុជា​ឲ្យស្គាល់ជាបណ្តើរៗ​នូវ​​​កិច្ចការដ៏​ពិសេសតែ​មួយ​គត់​នេះ​ និង​​​​​​​​​​សហគមន៍​គំនូរ​ជីវចល​​​សាកល​។

ដូច​ឆ្នាំ​មុន​ៗ​ដែរ​ យើង​ផ្ដល់​ជូន​ដល់​អ្នក​ចូល​រួមទាំងឡាយ​នូវ​ ‘ការផ្លាស់ប្តូររបស់កម្ពុជា’៖ ​​វិចិត្រករ​​​ម្នាក់​ – គំនូរ​មួយ​ទំព័រ -​ មួយ​ម៉ោង​ក្នុង​មួយ​ថ្ងៃ​។ ​វិចិត្រករ​​​ខ្មែរ​ជា​ច្រើន​មានកាតព្វកិច្ចការ​ងារ​ជាច្រើន​ដែលត្រូវបំពេញ ​ដូចជាការងារសាលា និង​កាតព្វកិច្ចគ្រួសារជាដើម​​ ប៉ុន្តែ​​​វិចិត្រករ​​​ទាំង​ឡាយណា​ដែល​មាន​ពេល​​ទំនេរត្រឹមតែ​​មួយ​ម៉ោង​​​​ គឺត្រូវបានស្វាគមន៍ឲ្យ​​ចូល​រួម​ក្នុង​ទិវាដ៏​សប្បាយ​រីក​រាយ​នេះ​​​!​​

ឆ្នាំ​នេះ​ គឺ​ជា​លើក​ទីបួន​ ដែល​​វិចិត្រករ​គំនូរជីវចល​កម្ពុជា​ នឹង​​ព្យាយាមសម្រេចឲ្យបា​នជា​រូបរាង​នូវទិវា​គំនូរ​ជីវចលមួយនេះ​ (​នឹងរាប់បញ្ចូលការចូលរួមនៅក្នុង​ទិវា​គូរ​គំនូរ​ ComiKaze ​របស់​ប្រទេស​អូស្ត្រាលី​ផង​ដែរ​)​។ វិចិត្រករ​​កម្ពុជា និង​បរទេស​​​ ត្រូវ​បានស្វាគមន៍​​ឲ្យ​ចូល​រួម​ក្នុង​ការគូរ​គំនូរ​ម៉ារ៉ាតុង នៅ​​បរិវេណ​​ជាន់​ទី១​នៃអាគារ​​ Romeet ដោយ​ចាប់​ផ្ដើម​ពី​ម៉ោង​ ៨​ ព្រឹក​គត់ នៅថ្ងៃ​ទី​២០ ខែ​តុលា​។

​​សម្ភារគូរគំនូរ ក្រដាស​ និង​កាហ្វេ​ នឹង​ត្រូវបានផ្តល់​ជូន​រហូត​ដល់​ម៉ោង ​៨ ​ព្រឹក​ នៃថ្ងៃបន្ទាប់​។ វិចិត្រករ​ទាំងឡាយ​ណា​ដែល​ចង់​ចែក​រំលែក​ស្នាដៃ​​របស់​ខ្លួន​ អាច​ចែករំលែកបាន​ដោយ​ផ្ទាល់​នៅ​លើ​វែបសាយត៍​ ឬ​តាម​រយៈ​កម្រង PDF/ebook ដែលត្រូវបាន​ប្រមូល​ចង​ក្រង​នៅ​សប្ដាហ៍​បន្ទាប់​។

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  • វិចិត្រករ សូម​នាំ​មក​នូវ​គំនិត​ និង​ភាពសប្បាយ​រីក​រាយរបស់អ្នក​។ យើង​នឹង​បាន​ឃើញ​អ្នក ​នាំមកនូវ​គំនិត​ និង​ភាព​រីក​រាយ​ទាំង​នោះ​ នៅម៉ោង​ ៨ ព្រឹក ​នៃថ្ងៃ​​បន្ទាប់​!​
  • វិចិត្រករស្ម័គ្រចិត្ត៖ វិចិត្រករស្ម័គ្រចិត្តគ្រប់​សញ្ជាតិ​ទាំង​អស់​ ត្រូវ​បាន​ទទួល​ស្វាគមន៍​ ដោយ​មិន​គិត​ពី​កម្រិត​ជំនាញ​របស់​អ្នក​ឡើយ​ សូម​កុំ​ស្ទាក់​ស្ទើរ​ក្នុង​ការ​ចូលរួមសាក​ល្បងឲ្យសោះ​!
  • អ្នកមានចំណាប់អារម្មណ៍ តើអ្នកចូល​ចិត្ត​អាន​សៀវភៅ​គំនូរ​ជីវចលឬទេ?​ សូមអញ្ជើញ​មក​​ចុះ​ឈ្មោះដោយផ្ទាល់​ ឬ​​តាមរយៈវែប​សាយត៍។ ដើម្បី​ទស្សនា​សកម្មភាពវិចិត្រកម្ម​របស់វិចិត្រករ​ និងជួយ​លើក​ទឹក​ចិត្ត​ដល់​ពួក​គាត់​!​ យើង​​ពិតជាត្រូវ​ការ​ការ​លើក​ទឹក​ចិត្ត​គ្រប់បែបយ៉ាង​ពីអ្នក​។

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Newsprint Comics at Psar O’Russey

i Sep 5, 2012 Comments Off by

Sales of screenprinted, newsprint comics have been slowly declining for years. They’re not on the newsstands anymore, and not in popular bookshops either.
After taking some initial photos in August, Our Books followed up this week with an informal survey of book wholesalers at Psar O’Russey.

Newsprint comics are usually sold by comics ‘middlemen’ to wholesalers, who then sell them to other retailers or the public at prices ranging from 700 riel to 1000 riel depending on quantity. The middlemen take orders and distribute to bookshops from another location in O’Russey. (They do not seem keen to be interviewed, despite often having a phone number on their books.)

Laing Sophal Bookstore:

‘Uncle’ Sophal has been one of the biggest sellers of newsprint comics in the market for over 10 years.
He notes that tastes are changing. Middlemen have sometimes revised covers of decades-old stories to make them appear fresh. He notes that cheap, bilingual story books (with color interiors) are popular, and cutting into the comics market. For his shop, comics sales are definitely declining, due to customer taste. Currently they only have a few newsprint comics in stock, stored in a special rack.


Saing Lina Bookstore:
‘Aunty’ Lina (above, right)  has been selling books since year 2000. She is enthusiastic about all her offerings, but notes that newsprint/screenprint comics tend to appeal to a younger (and dwindling) crowd. She concurs that readers prefer books with interior color pages and higher quality of printing – generally story books and other newer publications
Here she shares a storybook version of Sopaset (left) – competition for Em Satya‘s classic comic version. On the right is a storybook illustrated by comic artist Soeung Makara.

Leang Dalin Bookstore:
Previously, the store sold many newsprint comics; but now readers tend to prefer colorful story books – and Korean translated novels.

Cheap translated Thai humor comics (below, left) and Korean romance novels (below, right) were quite evident at the market. Virtually all translated Korean novels display manhwa style covers and rarely have copyright or ISBN numbers. It seems Khmer newsprint comics are definitely available – they’re just not in demand, which is the real source of the decline.


Photos: John Weeks. Interviews, John Weeks and Nhim Soknea

Researchers and Researchees

i Aug 20, 2012 Comments Off by

Surprise visit from Tomoko Okada of the Tokyo University for Foreign Studies!

Tomoko Okada Visit

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.

Hul Sophon

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.

Memo for Lok Kru

i Aug 16, 2012 Comments Off by


It was great to catch up!  We welcome your budget (and curriculum vitae).