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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)

Comickaze Cambodia

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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Impromptu Teaching Session 002 small
(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!

ComicKaze Cambodia Press Release

i Jun 5, 2009 2 Comments by

Every Queen’s Birthday Weekend (6th – 8th of June), Australia’s brave cartoonists undertake ‘ComicKaze’ – an endeavor to draw 24 pages in 24 hours. http://www.ozcomics24.com

This Saturday, Cambodian comic artists will be lending creative support to their Aussie friends via a live web link from 8am to 8pm. Sunday morning will see new artwork posted from this Cambodian – Australian collaboration!

Art supplies and local technical support will be provided by Our Books, Cambodia’s comic art nonprofit, and web linkage will be hosted by ComicsLifestyle.com with the help of Café Living Room.

The 24 Hour Comic is a ‘free drawing’ session designed to unlock creativity. Our Books has been developing to gradually introduce Cambodian artists to this unique exercise and the global comics community.


Artists are welcome to attempt the full 24 hours. Since this is a big task, we are offering a ‘Cambodian Variation’: a one page in one hour ‘Introduce Yourself’ comic, so Australian and Cambodian artists can get to know each other.

Soeung Makara: 12 Noon

We will have a scanner on hand for sharing comics and jam strips. Final efforts will be displayed at Café Living Room this coming month, and compiled into a small publication for Australia’s National Young Writer’s Festival.

Come by and see artists in action! Lend your enthusiasm to comic artists going the distance! Come by, log in and see them live, or check out the final art as we post it up on Sunday!

Event Time: 8am – 8pm Saturday June 6 2009.
Event Location: Living Room Café
#9, Street 306, Boeng Keng Kang 1, Phnom Penh, Cambodia
+855 (0)12 526 840 (John, Our Books)
+855 (0)92 948 005 (Rhianna, Café Living Room)
+855 (0)23 726 139 (Café Living Room)

Press Release cross-posted at:

Project: 24 – Celebrating 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day!

i Oct 17, 2008 3 Comments by

Our Books Press Release

(above: art by Em Satya)

Our Books invites Cambodian artists to contribute to Project: 24, celebrating
worldwide Comics Drawing day – Saturday October 18th.


Many artists in Cambodia don’t have time or money to take a full day off from their
job. And publishing opportunities are not frequent. But Cambodian creators have a
love of comics and curiosity about overseas art.

To introduce Khmer artists to the international community, Our Books is coordinating
Project: 24, inviting artists to draw one page / one person / one hour.

When completed, the pages will be put on the internet with artist details:
* Our Books Web site
* Comicslifestyle.com
* The pages will be submitted to the 24 Hour Comics Drawing Day Archive at Ohio
State University, USA.
* An exhibition will be discussed.

Artists are requested to choose their hour by calling the Our Books office (023 223
242) to coordinate. Please submit before Saturday the 18th if possible. Pages should
be in black and white, any size. Scans and photocopies of the pages will be sent one
week after the event, to allow for provincial artists to participate. (October

This is not an official ’24 Hour Comics Day’ event, but will open the door for an
official event next year.

How artists can share their work:

* send by email: editor@siewphewyeung.org.kh

* send to Our Books’ P.O. Box 1342

* or give in person at Our Books’ office, which will be open all day Saturday

Questions? Phone 012 526 840 (English) / 023 223 242

Email editor@siewphewyeung.org.kh

- John Weeks
Assistant Managing Editor, Our Books
012 526 840 / 023 223 242
john [via] siewphewyeung.org.kh

Séra: Deux Faces

i Mar 11, 2007 Comments Off by


Centre Culturel Français, Phnom Penh [translated from March/April Programme]
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• 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.]

Lisa Mandel

i Feb 24, 2007 Comments Off by

…paid an all-too-brief visit to the Our Books offices this last week. The French comics artist/teacher (of Sept Mois Au Cambodge fame) is on a whirlwind trip (with several students in tow) to create a travel memoir about Cambodia. Plans are afoot for her next visit!

More at www.lisamandel.net.

Dessinateurs Sans Frontieres

i Jan 2, 2007 Comments Off by

Managing Editor Lim Santepheap (and husband Davith) are in snowy Quebec! Francophone ‘Pheap’ is getting an MA degree and using her schooling to do some scholarly writing about Khmer literature.