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Barcamp 2014

i Sep 15, 2014 Comments Off by

September 13 and 14th the Our Books team attended Barcamp Phnom Penh, with ‘sketchnote’ artists Vuth, Kong Monirath, Prum Vannnak and Sao Sreymao!


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Coming soon to Rik Reay gallery! More: https://www.flickr.com/photos/105320485@N05/sets/72157647712504576/

Open Comics – Open Source [Khmer Version]

i Jun 30, 2014 Comments Off by

We are welcoming feedback on our ‘Open Source’ comic now in English, German, Khmer, Lao, Thai & Vietnamese.

Online at http://open-comics.net


FOSS Asia Sketch Notes – 2014

i Mar 29, 2014 Comments Off by

Thanks to Kong Monirath and Hong Bora, Our Books is pleased to share ‘sketch notes’ from 2014’s ‘Free And Open Source Software’ Meeting in Phnom Penh, Cambodia! (http://http://fossasia.org)

Can you spot your picture / talk? All drawings are free for use, under Creative Commons 4.0 license. Link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/105320485@N05/sets/72157642936360465/

A small selection of these will be on display at ‘Rik Reay’ gallery in Phnom Penh, from March 31 to April 19th.

2014: My New Years’ Resolution

i Jan 1, 2014 Comments Off by
It’s not a strict habit in Cambodia to make ‘resolutions’ for the coming year.
But it is definitely a time for reflection and review.
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(above: Sao Sreymao)
At Rik Reay Gallery, we asked contemporary Khmer comic artists to present NEW thoughts, resoutions, reflections, and aspirations.
Art includes works by Tek Tevin, Sin Yang Pirom, Sao Sreymao, Moeu Diyadaravuth, Chan Pisey, Kong Monirath, Peou Ty, Prum Vannak,  and Pal Poursith, with colors by Kim Phally.  You can also see the entire set as a feature on Khmer Connection.
Our Books wishes you and yours the very best for a Happy New Year!

What will YOUR resolution be?

Happy New Year 2014 From Our Books!

i Dec 31, 2013 Comments Off by

In Cambodia, we like New Years’ Day so much that we celebrate it three times.

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Best wishes from the Our Books team to you and yours.  ‘Stay tuned’ for a special New Year Exhibition!

(Drawing by ‘Vuth’, color/animation by Kim Phally.)

Holiday In Cambodia

i Dec 16, 2013 Comments Off by

Holiday In Cambodia


Our Books works to cultivate Cambodian comic art and share it with the world.

At the end of the year we send out a ‘holiday card’ to many of our local and overseas friends. We take note of the Western holidays, and add a little local flavor. You can see a collection of our many illustrations from prior years at Rik Reay Noodle Shop / Gallery through the end of the year. (Street 178, daily from 6am to 12 noon: #69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.)

(December 18 -28)Illustrations are by Moeu Diyadaravuth, Tek Tevin, and Chan Pisey, with colors by Sao Channa and Kim Phally.

We wish you and yours the best this holiday season.


Prum Vannak Exhibition: ‘Before and Today’

i Nov 18, 2013 Comments Off by

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Ilustrator and cartoonist Prum Vannak is largely self-taught, and takes his inspiration from the world around him.

He has received acclaim in using his art to depict the harsh reality of his time spent trapped on a Thai fishing boat, and is a survivor of labor trafficking. This led to an award from the US Department of State, and his art being featured in a documentary film and on the Radio Free Asia web site.

Unlike most Cambodian illustrators who chase freelance work in Phnom Penh, Vannak lives with his family in rural Pursat and is working hard to make a living from commercial art. While he is famous internationally, his income and his daily life in the village have not changed much.

This exhibition explores the two worlds the artist lives in.

For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact OurBooksCambodia.org

The exhibition will take place Wednesday November 20th  to Saturday December 14th  at Rik Reay Gallery, Phnom Penh.

Venue:  Rik Reay shop, 69c, Street 178, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Contact: John Weeks +885 (0)12 526 840  / Soeun Klo 017 626 207  Landline: 023 990 706

Links: http://www.phnompenhpost.com/index.php/2010120245133/National-news/never-ending-cycle-the-human-cost-of-slave-labour.html

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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This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

BarCamp Cambodia 2013 Sketchnotes

i Oct 12, 2013 Comments Off by

Inspired in large part by Julian Kucklich‘s tireless efforts, Kong Monirath, Prum Vannak, and Moeu Diyadaravuth will be drawing ‘Sketchnotes’ of BarCamp 2013’s sessions, in Khmer. Stay tuned for more art and news!

Update: Kong Monirath’s draft sketches are in for day one! Still sorting ‘em out:

How To Develop Your Digital Strategy – Be Chantra / @Chantra
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The Use of ICT Tools For Promoting and Protecting Freedom Of Expression In Cambodia” – Lach Vannak / @LachVannak

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (2)

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (3)

Clogher in the Kingdom: Chak Sopheap / @JusMineSophea

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (6)

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E-Novel by by លី សុផាត

Sketch Note_Kong Munirath (8)

More sketchnotes to come! After formatting and editing we will post a revised English / Khmer version for each session we cover.  For download, see: http://www.flickr.com/photos/105320485@N05/

24 Hour Comics Drawing Day 2013: The Biggest Yet

i Oct 3, 2013 1 Comment by

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In addition to celebrating 5 years of ‘24 Hour Comics‘ with our ‘Strip All Night‘ exhibition at Java Cafe,
Our Books and friends dived into year six on Saturday the 28th.

We produced in excess of sixty pages, and had our biggest turnout yet of both professionals and amateurs.
We would like to thank our ‘artist guides’ Sao Sreymao and Moeu ‘Vuth’ Diyadaravuth for assisting the Our Books team in orienting participants and encouraging newcomers.

Many elected to do the ‘Cambodian Variation’ of ‘One Hour / One Comic’ but stuck around for a little more.

Due to Cambodia’s Pchum Ben holiday our event was held one week early. To encourage other participants during this global event, Our Books will be Facebooking and Twittering art and photos this coming Saturday October 05.

Stay tuned for selections from 2013’s offerings on Java Cafe‘s walls, and also at Rik Reay gallery / noodle shop!

For now, here are some pictures and pages to pique your interest.

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Photo Set http://goo.gl/uaagfr
Comic Pages http://goo.gl/cnvWN1
Blog Coverage: 24-Hour Comics Day Again!
24 Hour comics networking site: http://www.24hourcomicsday.com