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‘Best of’ pages from 2008 and 2009 are being collected in print and have been archived on the web as a ‘Who’s Who’ of contemporary Khmer comic art by Our Books, as well as sent to the permanent 24 Hour Comics archive.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

Happy Holidays!

i Dec 25, 2009 Comments Off by

Our Books Holidays

Hot off the press

i Nov 24, 2009 Comments Off by

When we’re not doing comics, we often marshal Our Books resources to assist in illustration, graphic design and layout.

Since Our Books was founded (and perhaps a little bit before) we’ve been doing illustrations for Bridges Across Borders‘ (now Equitable Cambodia)’s paralegal manual:

A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights
Simple resources for a growing topic of concern in Cambodia.

A Cambodian Guide to Defending Land and Housing Rights

We’re pleased to say the manual has hit the presses, with the help of the Centre for Housing Rights and Evictions. More news to follow. You can see a selection of illustrations here, or just click on the picture.

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Download: http://www.babcambodia.org/cambodianguide/Cambodia_Guide.html

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 !

Have Mac, Will Travel

i Oct 14, 2008 Comments Off by

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[Fwd: I finished!]

Why is Michaela so happy? She’s finished running a marathon to raise money for Mit Samlanh, with a t-shirt designed by the Our Books team!

You can read the whole story at ‘Girls With Macs‘.

As for getting a t-shirt? Collectors’ item.