Here are some of the results below. (Click to enlarge)
In addition to drawing some one page / one artist / one hour comics, we also conducted two impromptu workshops for children from Aziza school. Ranging from grade school to high school age, this was unexpected and a lot of fun. (Below: Moeu Diyadaravuth and Chan Pisey)
Australian participants are at: http://tinyurl.com/qkflgq
Cambodia raw scans and pix at http://www.flickr.com/photos/comicslifestyle/tags/comickazecambodia/
Phnom Penh Post – Cambodian Comic Challenge
Watch this page, more to follow as photos and emails trickle in!
We are in the process of sorting the art that emerged from workshops and creators to share on the walls of ‘Living Room Café. Come by Monday for a look!
Above: Setting up…
Original pages from Em Satya’s ‘Flower of Battambang’ are being shown at Siem Reap’s Arthouse gallery until the 3rd of February, as a part of the Spotlight Festival. After that, inquire with Arthouse staff or Our Books if you’d like to purchase a piece. www.thearthousesiemreap.com
Below: Em Satya, the Arthouse crew, and children sharing the gallery with their own exhibition artwork derived from Spotlight workshops.
For Em Satya and family it was their first visit to Siem Reap. Next exhibition… Battambang?
Meanwhile, you can still see the graphic novel (10 pages weekly) at Expat-Advisory.com!
Tuesday the 11th saw the book launch of Bopha Battambang and the closing of Em Satya’s Meta-House exhibition.
Em Satya talked about his 17 year journey to publish ‘Bopha Battambang’ originally designed for publishing as a 3 part comic pamphlet in 1990, now formatted as a graphic novel by Our Books.
He answered a number of questions from a full house (standing room only) audience at Phnom Penh’s Meta-House, including many local artists.
Some photos of the Art Battle (below):
Teams One and Two had a mix of foreigners and Cambodians. The audience supplied the situation/scenario and the drawing adhered to a time limit.
First Challenge: An animal in an unusual situation: a water buffalo in a ‘lift’.
Challenge #2: A story suggested by the audience.
Team 1: The King who liked sweet cucumbers.
Team 2: The cow that got arrested.
The author judged the contestants, with the winner being Team One.
The evening concluded with with a book signing of ‘Bopha Battambang‘ and most of Em Satya’s remaining framed art was sold. English and French language versions will be available shortly.
Today, tomorrow and Saturday you’ll find Our Books at Lire en Fete book festival at the French Cultural Centre.
There we will have an overview of our archiving program, share audio and video clips of current projects, preview our new graphic novel (in Khmer, French and English) by Em Satya.
EXHIBITION / RENDEZVOUS
TWO FACES: By SERA
Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh [translated from March/April Programme]
• Wednesday, April 4: Meeting with the author at 18:00
• Opening of Exhibition at 19:00 and author’s dedication at 19:30
• Duration of Exhibition: From April 5 to May 4, 2007
As a comic artist, aficionado of comics, painter, artist and teacher of comics, and a person who is involved with information technology,
“Séra has long been working in diverse areas. In fact, this combination of these is the true nature of Séra’s work. One of Séra’s comics which is ascribed to the artistic experience of his, turns visual narration into information technology in order to learn about multicultural experience. In a dozen books, he already explored numerous narrative and figurative subjects. There is a feeling there are more surprises to come. It is rare that a strip cartoonist becomes a reference. Such is already the case of Sera.“
– Phillipe Morin PLG
Born in Cambodia in 1960, Séra has never ceased producing art with reference to the history of his country. Two years after the publication of Water and Earth by Editions Delcourt, Séra is working on his third graphic novel relating to the Khmer Rouge regime to presented by the same publisher: Following Days of Ashes dates back to the events in 1979 during which the Vietnamese troops moved in and invaded the country, and the end of the Pol Pot era.
As such, not only this dual-purpose exhibition will provide an opportunity to unveil some aspects addressed in the above work, and also other work of Sera in large format.
To present this new work of his in Cambodia, Séra is preparing for three public events in Phnom Penh. An additional event of interest for those who are amateur graphic artists or amateur comic artists is the premiere of the graphic novel Water and Earth (licensed from Editions Delcourt) published in Khmer language by Editions du Mékong.
[More information on Khmer Edition and Artists’ Workshop to follow.]