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24 Hour Comics Day, October 02 2010

i Sep 30, 2010 Comments Off by

Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day! Java Café & Gallery will host a Cambodian contingent 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.

This year marks the second time Cambodian comic artists will attempt to ‘go the distance’ for a full drawing day. Cambodian and overseas artists are welcome to join the drawing marathon at Java Café’s downstairs space, beginning at 8am SHARP October 02.

Art supplies, paper and coffee will be provided until 8am the following morning. One-page efforts from 2008 and 2009 will be posted as example and incentive for this year’s effort. (Our Books is developing a collection of these two years, ’48 Hours’. )

All artwork will be posted as it is finished on the walls of Java Café, to be exhibited for the following month. A live webcam linkup and Twitter feed will be accessible via http://www.javaarts.org/24/ . Staff from Cambodia’s comics nonprofit Our Books will be on hand to scan pages and assist overall documentation of the event.

  • 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 will be on sale at the discretion of the artist. (We request that they remain on display at Java for the following month’s display.)

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 exhibition!

‘Best of’ pages from 2008 and 2009 are being collected in print and have been archived on the web as a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary Khmer comic art by Our Books, as well as sent to the permanent 24 Hour Comics archive.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 02 to 8am Sunday October 03.

Event Location: Java Café & Gallery, 56e1 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=157967840889207

+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0) 12 894 180 (Dana, Java Café)

info@javaarts.org
john@siewphewyeung.org.kh

24 Hour Comics Day 2009 – Exhibition (and aftermath)

i Oct 5, 2009 1 Comment by

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Every picture tells a story, and you can see them at Java Cafe and Gallery all this next month in Phnom Penh!

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A stalwart crew arrived and each participant managed to adhere to the ‘one page / one hour’ rule! Thanks to Try Samphos, Qudy Xu, Lina Lim, Nhek Sophealeap, Soeung Makara, Tuy Chanthoeurn, Moeu Diyadaravuth, Sebastian Marot, Tek Tevin, Pou Chakriya, Sao Channa, and special thanks to Sim Sisavuthara and Kheng Vanleab for technical support!

Comics were scanned as we go and archived on Flickr, Comics Lifestyle, and will be sent to the International 24 Hour comics archive.

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Kudos to Peou Ty and Sao Sreymao (1st and 2nd, respectively) for their overnight stint doing long stories! A night to remember!

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More observation and commentary: blogger/Asialife writer Nathalie Abejero.

24 Hour Comics Drawing Day

i Oct 2, 2009 Comments Off by

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Once a year, cartoonists around the world participate in 24 Hour Comics Day! Java Café & Gallery will host a Cambodian contingent 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.

This year marks the first time Cambodian comic artists will attempt to ‘go the distance’ for a full drawing day. Cambodian and overseas artists are welcome to join the drawing marathon at Java Café’s new downstairs space, beginning at 8am SHARP October 03.

Art supplies, paper and coffee will be provided until 8am the following morning. One-page efforts from 2008 will be posted as example and incentive for this year’s effort.

All artwork will be posted as it is finished on the walls of Java Café, to be exhibited for the following month. A live webcam linkup and Twitter feed will be accessible via http://www.javaarts.org . Staff from Cambodia’s comics nonprofit Our Books will be on hand to scan pages and assist overall documentation of the event.
• 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 will be on sale for $24 a page, at the discretion of the artist. (We request that they remain on display at Java for the following month’s display.)

As with the previous year, 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 exhibition!

‘Best of’ pages from 2008 and 2009 will be collected in a photocopied ‘zine’ collection and 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 03 to 8am Sunday October 04, 2009.
Event Location: Java Café & Gallery, 56e1 Sihanouk Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Event on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=120819675668&ref=nf

+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0) 12 894 180 (Dana, Java Café)
info@javaarts.org
john@siewphewyeung.org.kh

For more information, updates and background, to follow shortly at http://www.javaarts.org !

ComicKaze Cambodia 2009

i Jun 7, 2009 Comments Off by

ComicKaze Cambodia 2009 took place with a live video feed at ‘The Living Room’ this Saturday.

Thanks to all our overseas friends who encouraged us and said hello! Cheers to ComicsLifestyle.com for hosting & PulpFaction.net for facilitating this year’s challenge!

Here are some of the results below. (Click to enlarge)

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Tuy Chanthoeurn

Comickaze Cambodia

Chan Pisey

Comickaze Cambodia

Peou Ty

Introduce Yourself: Tek Tevin

Tek Tevin

Comickaze Cambodia

Kong Monirath

ComicKaze Cambodia

John Weeks

Moeu Diyadaravuth

Moeu Diyadaravuth

Try Samphos Comic

Try Samphos

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)
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(Pictures courtesy Amanda Mithers.)

Australian participants are at: http://tinyurl.com/qkflgq

More: http://www.comicslifestyle.com/group/comikaze2009

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!

Flower of – Siem Reap?

i Mar 1, 2008 Comments Off by

Em Satya Exhibition

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.

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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!

http://www.expat-advisory.com/cambodia/phnom-penh/buy-flower-of-battambang-book.php

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Khmer Comics Galore

i Feb 16, 2008 Comments Off by

Siem Reap Exhibition & New (old) comics!

  • And graphic designer Channa is holding comics lent to Our Books from a generous private collector. These comics are mainly from the 1980s era and even reprint some pre-revolutionary stories! We have about 150 stories to scan, digitally clean and sort for archiving.
  • We’d also like to thank a few overseas weblogs for namechecking us:

http://www.asianamericangiving.com

http://blog.newsarama.com/2008/02/11/cool-things-to-bookmark-em-satya/ 

and

http://uncivilsociety.org/2008/02/cambodian-comic-book-nonprofit.html

Thanks all!

Bopha Battambang Book Launch

i Dec 13, 2007 1 Comment by

Bopha BattambangTuesday the 11th saw the book launch of Bopha Battambang and the closing of Em Satya’s Meta-House exhibition.

Thanks to Anne Elizabeth Moore for helping bring the idea of the ‘Comic Art Battle‘ to Cambodia, cheers to Andy Brouwer for the writeup.

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’.

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Challenge #2: A story suggested by the audience.

Team 1: The King who liked sweet cucumbers.

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Team 2: The cow that got arrested.

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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.

[Re] Génération khmere: anthologie de la nouvelle bande dessinée cambodgienne

i Nov 22, 2007 1 Comment by

Here VALEASE is announcing two concurrent exhibitions: one of historic volumes from EFEO, the other more contemporary.

National Library Comic Expo

An exhibition of Sera‘s students from earlier this year yields some interesting results, over 50 pages of comic art. An anthology of the participants is underway.

National Library Comic Expo

below: art by earlier workshop participant Nhek Sophaleap, artist on the Our Books title Life’s Choices.National Library Comic Expo

More details:

http://www.sangsalapak.org.kh/whatson/2007
/11/lettre-dinformation-valease-n-4.html

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November 6 – Flower of Battambang Exposition Opening

i Nov 18, 2007 2 Comments by

Opening night photos:

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Roughly half the exhibition pieces have been sold, give the show a look if you’d like one for yourself!

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Graphic novel update: The premiere has been rescheduled to December 11, more news to follow.

Photos (more) courtesy Katharina Kast / Meta-House

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Flower of Battambang – Exposition Em Satya

i Oct 30, 2007 Comments Off by

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Sotha aspires to marry his sweetheart Phalla, the daughter of a wealthy merchant. But a street altercation casts suspicion and blame on him, and he leaves home to seek a better fortune in Phnom Penh. While Phalla tries to forget Sotha, and consents to an arranged marriage, doubt remains in her heart that this is the correct choice…

Our Books and Meta-House invite you to an exhibition of comic art by Em Satya, on November 6th, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Em Satya is an artist who has worked in nearly every field of illustration. Most foreigners have seen his cartoons as ‘Nono’ in Cambodge Soir, and many Khmer readers have enjoyed his comic adaptations of classics such as Sopaset and Sovannasam.
Now, he presents his first comic in graphic novel format, funded with the help of literary aid project VALEASE.

‘Flower of Battambang’ is a graphic novel set in Battambang and Phnom Penh, shelved when the market for local comics experienced a downturn. Nearly two decades later, Em Satya has taken up his pen and finished the story, which has been assembled into one volume.

The Exhibition will open on November 6th, 6pm (original art will be on sale).

The graphic novel (in Khmer, French and English) will premiere on November 20th.

Directions: Street 264 #6, Khan Daun Penh (Near Wat Botum). Click for map.

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