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EUGÉNIE English Edition Release Friday November 16

i Nov 11, 2012 Comments Off by

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/

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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.

Cambodia: Ghosts Captured On Camera

i Jul 26, 2012 Comments Off by


One of the first comics the ‘Our Books’ team advised on (back before there was an official Our Books) was 2005’s ‘Wrath of the Phantom Army‘ by Heritage Watch. Produced for outreach in English and Khmer, the comic was drawn by Y Lida (a teacher at the Royal University of Fine Arts) and scripted by Heritage Watch’s staff.

Years later, we’re pleased to help Heritage Watch update their publications for the digital age – here HW Director Dougald O’Reilly shows off some rough draft electronic versions (epub, mobi) put together by our graphic designer Kim Phally.

Stay tuned to http://www.heritagewatchinternational.org for more details!

Children Build A Family

i Aug 12, 2011 Comments Off by

The two single-parent families of Ms. Kakada and Ms. Champey provide two very different examples of raising children. By raising children with compassion and respect, they are much more likely to succeed in school. Happy and healthy children also are much more capable to assist in routine chores and small income-generating activities for their families.

This 16 page (Khmer language) comic was illustrated by Moeu Diyadaravuth and colored by Kim Phally.
Produced with Equal Access Cambodia in coordination with their ‘We Can Do It’ radio series.


Khmer Language:
PDF(4.6 MB)
ePub (5.3 MB)
Mobi (3.7 MB)
Cbr(3.0 MB)
Cbz(3.1 MB)

Download (in Khmer):

Our Books Profiled In Phnom Penh Post

i Aug 19, 2010 3 Comments by

A profile on Our Books by Chan Sovannara in Wednesday’s ‘Lift’ section! Take a look!


Fulbright Visit

i Jul 25, 2010 1 Comment by

A fuzzy phone photo of visiting Fulbright Scholar Jan Arabas!

Presenting some books from her USA class to our team in Phnom Penh!

Jan Arabas

Jan will be conducting an art exchange program with her students in Lowell, Massachusetts and also creators at the Royal University of Fine Art.

She’s also looking forward to taking some of Our Books back for Lowell’s upcoming Water Festival! (More pictures and news to come.)

Citizens Return : Liquid City Vol. 2

i Jul 8, 2010 Comments Off by

(Including a profile on Cambodian comics from Our Books staff!)

Image Comics to release second volume of LIQUID CITY anthology in September Singapore – 8 July 2010 – Come September, explore the mutable landscapes of LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2, an anthology collecting work from celebrated Southeast Asian creators. LIQUID CITY promises unforgettable tales of cities and the people who live in them.

LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2 once again brings together creators from Southeast Asia to offer 22 tales of amazing diversity. From Lat’s vignette of a soccer game in Malaysia, to Ivan Song’s poignant near-future tale of childhood memories; from Miel’s silent tale of an assasin’s travails, to Vietnamese artist Nguyen Thahn Phong’s account of his adventures in South Korea, this collection showcases an incredible variety of styles and genres. Flying houses, zombie soldiers, Muay Thai warriors, Mas Selamat and Robot Rabbits – you’ll
find it all and more in LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2!

Also included are illustrated essays, offering rare insights into comics in Cambodia and Indonesia, and the impact of typhoon Ondoyin on lives and the state of comics in the Philippines.

“The name itself – LIQUID CITY – is meant to suggest the fluidity and ever-changing nature of cities,” relates editor Sonny Liew. “The stories are a reflection of Southeast Asia’s unique position in the comics world, combining American, manga and other influences with local cultures and histories.”

Co-editor Lim Cheng Tju says that the anthology “has helped build a sense of community among creators in Southeast Asia, and for the reader LIQUID CITY VOL.2 once again provides a facinating glimpse of the immense talent working and living in the region.”
LIQUID CITY, VOL. 2, a 312-page full-color trade paperback from Image Comics, will be on sale for US$29.99 on September 29, 2010. (Diamond pre-order code : 2JUL10 0414 )

For more information please contact Sonny Liew ( sonny123@singnet.com.sg +65 97307076) or
Lim Cheng Tju ( godot17@gmail.com +65 97481972)


Adrian Ngin * AKS * Charlene Chua * Chin Yew * Christiyani Kabul * Dave Chua * Don & Katherine Low * Drewscape * Ivan Song * JC Wong * Kenneth Loh * Koh Hong Teng * Lat * Lefty * Miel * Nguyen Thanh Phong * Seiji * Shari Chankhamma * Shelly Wan * Sheila Rooswitha Putri * Sonny Liew * Troy Chin * Vic-Mon * Wayne Santos * Zeropointfive

For full bios, visit http://bit.ly/LQcitybios

About the Editors

Sonny Liew is an Eisner-nominated comic artist and illustrator. His work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel, SLG and Disney, along with Malinky Robot, a Xeric Award recipient and winner of the 2009 Best Science Fiction Comic Award at the 10th Utopiales Science Fiction Fes-tival in Nantes, France. For more information, visit www.sonnyliew.com

Lim Cheng Tju is the Singapore country editor for the International Journal of Comic Art. His articles on comic art have appeared in the Southeast Asian Journal of Social Science, Journal of Popular Culture and Print Quarterly.

About the Publisher

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. It consists of four major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

Reviews of Liquid City, Vol.1

“A groundbreaking moment for Southeast Asian artists…a mad kaleidoscope of colliding styles…demented, poignant
and wildly entertaining.” – New Straits Times

“[I]maginative and visually stunning collection of new work… Liew’s Liquid City anthology seeks to expose mainstream readers to other exceptional talents from the region.”- Comic Book Resources

“Southeast Asia recently has risen in prominence in the U.S. comics scene… no better time, then, for an anthology of comics from the region…Liquid City drips with South-east Asian comics talent.”- Publishers Weekly

For Press Quality Images, please visit:


“Signs” by Miel

“City” by Zeropointfive

“Red Balloon” by Vic-Mon

“Paper City” by Dave Chua & Koh Hong Teng

“Memory” by Drewscape

“Night at the Stadium” by Lat

“The Hunt for Mas Selamat” by Sonny Liew

“Bicof Story” by Nguyen Thanh Phong

“Worn” by Charelene Chua & Wayne Santos

“Orang Minyak ” by JC Wong

International Journal of Comic Art Staff Visit Cambodia

i Jun 28, 2010 Comments Off by

Editors John Lent and Xu Ying recently toured Southeast Asia, and wasted no time in tracking down local comic artists. Their time in Cambodia saw them visit Phnom Penh and Siem Reap.


After meeting with creators and academics, it looks like some plans are in motion to develop a ‘symposium’ of Cambodia comics articles in an upcoming issue of the Journal.

(Above, left to right: academic John Lent, artists Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth, Chan Pisey, Nhek Sophaleap, Prom Vorleak, Try Samphos, translator Soeun Klo.)
Journal staff also met classic comics artist Uth Roeun, and comic chronicler John Marston.
We will keep you posted as papers and plans develop!

International Journal of Comic Art: http://www.ijoca.com

Comics for Radio: Equal Access

i May 27, 2010 Comments Off by

Equal Access Visit

At Sotheavy (Equal Access) and Soeun Klo (Our Books) take a look at some broadcasting equipment. Our Books will be developing not one but two comic books following on from our initial success with their first comic on Commune Councils!

More: http://www.equalaccess.org/country-cambodia.php

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.

Em Satya Exhibition

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!


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