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BarCamp Comic Jam 2013

i Oct 14, 2013 Comments Off by

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It’s time to draw! This year at BarCamp Phnom Penh, the Our Books team will host a drawing session and compile the results as an online comic!
(You can vote for this topic at: http://2013.barcampphnompenh.org/session/barcamp-comic-jam-2013/)

Join the Our Books team and local artists as we do collaborative ‘jam strips’ and short sketch exercises. New artists and amateurs are encouraged, all are welcome.

October 19 Jam Comic:

Barcamp Comic Jam 2013  Read on Scribd (below) or download from DropBox.

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‘Keep It Simple, Stupid’ – Exhibition (July 01 -14), Rik Reay Gallery

i Jun 26, 2013 1 Comment by

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This May in Thailand, Our Books staff joined Mekong ICT Camp. The Camp aims to train and network young IT practitioners via trainings and seminars.

During a ‘Mekong BarCamp’ knowledge exchange, a small workshop brought together diverse minds to create a small comic. Participants were urged to draw quickly, on subjects they enjoyed or strongly disliked.
Workshop participants reflected the Camp’s diversity, with participants from Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Burma, India and Laos.
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Our very brief workshop was received enthusiastically and within a half hour of conclusion, these very simple comics were collected as a PDF, now available for download, sharable via a ‘Creative Commons’ 3.0 license.

The title of the exhibition reflects the workshop’s informal nature, and the irreverent enthusiasm of the participants.  Due to limited room at Rik Reay cafe/gallery space, pages will be changed every few days, and the entire exhibition will be available online via Flickr set and PDF.

Will there be more workshops like this to come? Expect it.

Comic PDF: http://db.tt/ox99Sisx
More on Mekong ICT Camp at : www.MekongICT.org

Mekong ICT Comic Workshop

Thanks to all participants and Mekong ICT staff! (Special thanks to ‘TazoChai’ for initial PDF.)
Cheers also to the Phnom Penh Post for spreading the word!
Photos of our very modest launch: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjGvdoZB

 
Note: Our Books is extending this exhibition by one week. Beginning Monday the 22nd of August, we will feature new artwork by Chan Pisey and Moeu Diyadaravuth.

Memo for Lok Kru

i Aug 16, 2012 Comments Off by

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It was great to catch up!  We welcome your budget (and curriculum vitae).

Tidbits – Student Comics Anthology

i Nov 19, 2010 Comments Off by

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At the invitation of Northbridge International School, Our Books participated in the ‘Yearly Cultural Exchange‘ ‘CX 2010′, including students from International School of Phnom Penh, and also International School of Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Vientiane International School (Laos), International School Eastern Seaboard (Thailand), Saigon South International School (Vietnam), Hanoi International School (Vietnam), and United Nations International School (Vietnam).

After two days of sharing and teaching about Cambodian and international comics we came up with this anthology created by students in grades 6 through 9. Included are student stories and collaborative ‘jam strips’. You can read or download the comic by clicking on the cover or via these links to varied formats:
PDF File
Comic Book Reader File
Comic Book Archive File
ePub File

Enjoy!

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

Fulbright Comics Session at Royal University of Fine Art

i Aug 14, 2010 Comments Off by

Our Books staff joined Fulbright Scholar Jan Arabas to talk about comics history and do a simple ‘quick comic’ session. Managing Editor John Weeks and Artist Moeu Diyadarvuth were joined by independent publisher (and former Our Books Graphic Designer) Try Samphos.

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The conversation is in English and (mostly) Khmer. At the end the students displayed and discussed their works. (Thanks to Rick for video!)

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!

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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.)

BarCamp Chiang Mai: DIY Comics Workshop

i Jun 20, 2010 Comments Off by

One of the many multifarious topics at BarCamp Chiang Mai:

How To Draw A Comic in 20 Minutes.” by Our Books Managing Editor John Weeks.

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(Above: Aimeng Pattanaiem and Hang Dao: ‘Is this guy serious’? Thanks to Minh Ngoc for photo.)

After a quick breakdown of tools, topic and format we jumped in, and shortly after took digital photos of the results.  (When would we get another chance?)

http://www.comicslifestyle.com/profiles/blogs/barcamp-chiang-mai-10-minute

Below: PDFs of our comics!

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My Favorite Things Football Sucks
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Talking To My Pet Mimi Shake It!

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Beer Camp

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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 !